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Interior Announces Share the Experience 2016 Photo Contest Winners

Interior Announces Share the Experience 2016 Photo Contest Winners
Citizen Photographers Compete for Photo Placement on National Public Lands and Waters Pass

The U.S. Department of the Interior today, along with the National Park Foundation and other participating federal recreation land agencies, announced the winners of the 2016 Share the Experience photography contest on the agency’s popular Instagram account and launched the 2017 contest.

Secretary Zinke Announces $34.9 Billion Added to U.S. Economy in 2016 due to National Park Visitation

Secretary Zinke Announces $34.9 Billion Added to U.S. Economy in 2016 due to National Park Visitation
Report Finds Parks Support 318,000 Jobs Mostly in Hotels, Restaurants, Transportation, Recreation

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, during National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that 2016's record visitation of 331 million visitors at America’s 417 National Park Service sites contributed $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 – a $2.9 billion increase from 2015. Zinke made his announcement while visiting the historic Presidio of San Francisco at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Zinke marked National Park Week by also visiting Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Channel Islands national parks.

According to the annual peer-reviewed economics report, 2016 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, the strong economic output is attributed to record visitation and visitor spending in “gateway” communities near national park entrances. The report also found visitor spending supported 318,000 jobs in 2016, with the vast majority of them defined as local jobs, including those in the hospitality, retail, transportation, and recreation industries.

Ring in the New Year with a First Day Hike!

Ring in the New Year with a First Day Hike!
NASPD's press release is available as a PDF here.

Make a New Year’s resolution to boost your health and happiness by kicking off 2017 with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you. On January 1, all 50 states will be participating in the sixth annual national event that encourages everyone to celebrate the New Year with a guided outdoor exploration.

Congress Passes NPS Centennial Bill

Congress Passes NPS Centennial Bill
To read the Centennial Act one-pager, click here
To read the full text of the bill, click here

The United States Senate passed The National Park Service Centennial Act on December 10 without changes from a House of Representatives version passed December 6. The bill now heads to the President's desk to become a law.