Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Solid Green

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Solid Green

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AT NRPA'S CONGRESS IN ATLANTA last fall, conservation got its much needed due. The Conservation Task Force on released a report and call to action which includes Ten Recommendations (please see page 39). The basis for the report should come as no surprise, given that environmental conservation has always been a third pillar in the NRPA mission "to advance parks, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people."

Yet, for years, conservation received less attention that it should have--not on purpose, of course. For various reasons, many agencies have found it difficult to get their arms around conservation. Quite often, agencies approached conservation as they did the respective fields of parks and recreation, explaining all three in terms of their programs to the extent they could be listed. By explaining and pro rooting the programs and services in a micro sense, rather than the integral and essential relationship to their communities, they all too often miss the bigger picture.

The irony of this situation is that park and recreation agencies as a whole have all along fulfilled an integral role within their communities in providing essential services. It's just that they seldom portray those services in a holistic light. …

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