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  • 30 Mar 2017 8:44 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Critics of national monuments created by President Obama — particularly the Bears Ears monument in Utah — have long argued that President Trump should revoke Obama’s orders establishing them. Meanwhile, the House Natural Resources Committee declared this month that it plans to work with the Trump administration to identify which declared monuments should be “rescinded or diminished in size.”  

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  • 28 Mar 2017 8:00 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Bumblebees are some of the most unusual and endearing creatures in nature. They are large and fuzzy with tiny wings in proportion to their body size, and, until very recently, many people believed that bumblebees shouldn't even be able to fly — they violated the rules of physics!

    In seeking the reasons how bumblebees are able to fly, the explanations quickly turn toward aerodynamic flow terms such as "dynamic stall" and "leading edge vortex." It makes you wonder if bumblebees only knew how much of a puzzle they still are to scientists and engineers.

    But, bumblebees and other native wild bees are in real trouble throughout the United States. The loss of pollinating services of bees is a matter of major concern in areas dependent on certain types of crops, fruits and nuts. The rusty patched bumblebee, Bombus affinis, is one of those bee species so endangered that it was approved for listing as a federally endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. READ MORE...

  • 20 Mar 2017 12:40 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Last week, President Trump released his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018. To redirect funding to other priorities, the president has suggested deep cuts and even elimination of federal programs that support local parks and recreation. In a statement, NRPA President and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, expressed our disappointment in the suggested cuts as they threaten key environmental and community programs. On NRPA's Open Space blog, NRPA's Public Policy Team breaks down the cuts and what they could mean for the field. The bottom line — the time is now to reach out to your members of Congress and ask them to support our priorities.

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  • 20 Mar 2017 11:14 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    Creating a Relevant and Inclusive Future

    Monday, May 1 - Thursday, May 4, 2017

    The Saguaro Hotel - Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona

    The National Outdoor Recreation Conference, held annually by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, showcases innovative and creative approaches to nature-based outdoor recreation research, planning, and management.

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  • 09 Mar 2017 11:41 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    City officials are working on a 36-week pilot program to offer day jobs to panhandlers. A city social worker would drive a van around to busy intersections and offer panhandlers a chance to earn $10.68 an hour cleaning up parks and other light labor jobs. They would be paid at the end of each day.

    Panhandling has been a growing concern in U.S. cities such as Portland, where business owners worry the practice puts a damper on tourism and some residents and visitors complain about panhandlers asking for money on sidewalks and at stoplights.  Read Full Article...

  • 06 Mar 2017 8:48 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is tasked with managing millions of acres of public lands in the West. In order to ensure they are exercising good stewardship and balancing their dual mandate for managing public lands, each BLM Field Office is required by law to complete a Resource Management Plan (RMP). Read Full Article...

  • 01 Mar 2017 7:02 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 former President Barrack Obama signed into law the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act. Also known as H.R 4665, this new law is the capstone of recent efforts by House representatives to increase the assessment of the outdoor recreation industries contribution to the United States' Economy.

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  • 28 Feb 2017 11:46 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    Exciting new opportunities for green stormwater management in parks are taking shape in urban communities across the nation.  Public parks offer ideal locations for green infrastructure approaches to stormwater management and have the added benefit of providing sites that engage the public and empower communities to become involved in the design, installation, and maintenance of green infrastructure projects. 

    This webinar will be of interest to parks and water utility administrators, landscape architects, representatives of community organizations, and anyone interested in building a new collaborative approach to green infrastructure projects that go beyond the functional benefits of capturing and treating stormwater to engaging and empowering communities for the benefit of all.

  • 27 Feb 2017 12:31 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Parks and recreation play a key role in the health of their communities — including working with their local health department on implementing health policies. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has released a new report on Health in All Policies (HiAP). The report includes key findings, promising HiAP strategies and recommendations for supporting HiAP in local jurisdictions. The report also identifies examples of HiAP initiatives from across the United States, potential stakeholders to engage in HiAP and methods for measuring success. Read the report...

  • 13 Feb 2017 12:59 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    This July, we're asking you to Get Your Play On! You can start getting ready for July now by downloading Park and Recreation Month graphics, proclamations, posters, calendars and more. You can use these materials to update your website, create promotional items or include them in your program guide — the possibilities are endless. We can't wait to celebrate the importance of play with you this July, so get started now! Stay tuned as we'll continue to roll out new materials as we get closer to July. 

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