NPS Director's Order #21 Released, Bedwell to Direct Recreation Resources for Forest Service

National Park Service (NPS) Director Fran Mainella on Monday released revised guidance on philanthropy in the National Park System. She announced that Director’s Order #21(DO #21) on Donations and Fundraising has been revised to reflect public comments, enhance partnerships and maintain private sector support for national parks. The Director’s Order was sent out for a 60-day public review period in October 2005. More than 1,000 comments on the draft were received. DO #21 became effective with its release on May 1.

ARC is currently reviewing Director's Order #21 and will share our analysis. We urge our members to read the document as well. For a copy of DO #21 in PDF format, click here. The revised Director’s Order and Reference Guide are also posted to

To see ARC’s comments on the draft document submitted to the National Park Service in November, click here.

For a Washington Post article about Director’s Order #21, click here.

USDA Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth announced Tuesday the appointment of James Bedwell as the national director of recreation and heritage resources for the Forest Service. The recreation and heritage resources office is situated in the National Forest System deputy area. As director, Mr. Bedwell will lead the programs that make national forests and grasslands a top provider of recreation opportunities on public land, from primitive backcountry to highly developed activities like alpine skiing. He will also oversee programs that protect and interpret the many archaeological and historic sites found in national forests and grasslands.

Mr. Bedwell currently serves as forest supervisor on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland in northern Colorado. He began his career with the Forest Service in 1979 in landscape architecture on the Coronado National Forest in Arizona. He will assume his new position on June 25. To read a press release about Mr. Bedwell's appointment, click here.