Magazine article Parks & Recreation

ParksandRecreation.Org

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

ParksandRecreation.Org

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2013 has been a productive year for NRPA's Public Policy team, and they're looking forward to making continued strides for park and recreation advocacy in 2014 as well. However, for maximum impact, they need help from people like you to make the case for federal funding and protection of natural resources. One of the best things you can do for the future of your profession is to meet with your representatives in Washington, talk with them about your agency's triumphs and struggles, and advocate on behalf of the field. Join NRPA for the 2014 Legislative Forum, held March 2526 in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org/LegForum.

Fortunately, last month's federal government shutdown didn't furlough park and recreation professionals on the state and community levels, but you likely felt the effects of the event in other ways. On the NRPA Now blog, Senior Editor Danielle Taylor explores some past shutdowns that have impacted community park and recreation agencies, from state government closures that put thousands of park and recreation employees out of work to federal breaks that prompted state agencies to step in on behalf of shuttered national parks. Check it out on www. nrpa.org/Blog/It-May-Be-Over-Butthe-Federal-Government-Shutdown-Could-Affect-You.

Did you go to Congress this year in Houston? If so, you'll want to check out www.nrpa.org/Six-Congress-Resources-and-Where-to-Find-Them on the NRPA Now blog, written by NRPA's Senior PR and Communications Manager Lauren Hoffmann. …

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