Holly Fretwell, Leonard Gilroy, Shawn Regan, Reed Watson
This year, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100-year anniversary with an $11.9 billion backlog in deferred maintenance projects. We explore seven ideas to address the problem as the agency prepares to enter its second century.
Can public-private partnerships tackle the park maintenance backlog?
Charlotte Huus-Henriksen, Annie Ireland, Todd Graham
In first-of-its-kind legislation, the National Park Service and the Oglala Sioux have proposed the 133,000-acre South Unit of Badlands National Park be turned into a Tribal National Park. Can it be done?
Todd Graham, Jeremy Gingerich
The Park Service wants another large buffalo herd in the Great Plains, which would advance the Department of the Interior’s Bison Conservation Initiative. In what may be a huge opportunity for the Oglala Sioux, a Tribal National Park is emerging in South Dakota—the first of its kind.
In the grand scheme, state parks are an amenity that generally falls lower on the state’s priority list than education, health care, and corrections.