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About America's State Parks

America's State Parks helps capture the collective strength and importance of the great park systems developed in the 50 states. With over 7,000 units and more than 720 million visits, America's State Parks works to enhance the American quality of life. NASPD board members representing each region of the country initially governed the America's State Parks alliance.

America's State Parks + America's National Parks = Great National System of Parks

Stephen T. Mather, founder of the National Park Service, envisioned that the states and the federal government needed to work together to develop a great national system of parks. By working together the nation would develop a national system of parks that would be the envy of the world.

Thanks to the vision of Stephen Mather and his contemporaries more than a billion visits a year are made to state and national parks (720 million state park visits and 276 million national park visits).

As Mather said, "Who will gainsay that the parks contain the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health? A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness...He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the nations parks."

The NASPD Leadership initially outlined these strategic priorities:

  • Create a dynamic website and media channels to build a relationship with the public and educate them about the value of America‚Äôs State Parks.
  • Establish and support initiatives and programs that connect children and families with the outdoors.
  • Position and promote State Parks as assets to Americans pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
  • Green/Conservation projects.
  • Full funding for LWCF Stateside Assistance Program.

 

Facts About America's State Parks:

Total Park Visits: More than 720 million per year
Number of state park units: 7,804
Total economic impact on communities: More than $20 billion
Percent of visitors with children: 64%
Miles of trails: 38,383
Number of campsites: 221,101
Number of cabins and lodges: 8,095

 

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Joe Elton America's State Parks
Strategic Adviser And Founding Partner

Joe Elton
203 Governor Street, Suite 306
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: 1.804.786.4377
www.americasstateparks.org
joe.elton@dcr.virginia.gov

Strategic Adviser And Founding Partner

Fred Lochner Imperial Multimedia
Fred Lochner
P.O. Box 138
Baraboo WI, 53913

Physical Address:
227 5th Avenue
Baraboo, WI 53913

Phone: 1.877.868.2500
www.imperialmultimedia.com
fred@americasstateparks.org

 

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