How NPCA intends to incorporate these principles into our work
To be the National Park System’s most effective voice and advocate, NPCA must make new commitments as we begin our second century. Key among them is helping citizens understand the relevance of these places to their lives—to recognize “we the people” and the American land more fully. Only with the perspectives, knowledge, and involvement of different members of the public can the park system better reflect and serve this nation. The act creating the National Park Service envisioned future generations. We are that future, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are now an essential part of the national park idea. They are core to NPCA’s mission.
Our new Statement of Intentions lays the groundwork for incorporating these principles into our work. Staff came together across the organization to craft the statement, all committing to its goals and agreeing to hold ourselves accountable. We will measure our success in an evolving park system that honors not only the ecologic and scenic treasures of the nation but the many cultural and historical threads defining our larger American experience. And, as an organization, we will measure our success in the many members and supporters who come from all walks of life to raise their voices and make a promise to our shared future. Please join us.