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  April 25, 2015  

America's State Parks is committed to giving a unified voice to all of our country's state park systems in Washington and national politics. We will work with policy makers to ensure that these national treasures are protected and that the voices of state park users are heard.

Consider what state parks have meant to you and your families. They are the natural treasures in your back yard.  Find out more at



The National Association of State Park Directors is devoted to the successful and effective administration of state parks.


The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) is devoted to helping state park systems effectively manage and administer their state park system. The mission of the Association is to promote and advance the state park systems of America for their own significance, as well as for their important contributions to the nation's environment, heritage, health and economy.

The Association is composed of fifty state park directors, plus territories of the United States of America, including our newest member, Puerto Rico that have full membership privileges in the organzation. The Association has also established memorandums of understanding (MOU's) with what is referred to as Associates and Affliiates that share common goals. Honorary membership in the Association may also be conferred on any former member that has served at least three years as a state park director. 

The Association is organized into six regions based on reasonable geographical groupings of members. The direction and management of the Association is vested in a Board of Directors comprised of ten members representing the six regions, President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and Past President.  Members should refer to the Constitution, By-Laws and Policies for further information on the purposes and objectives of the organization. On behalf of the members, the day to day responsibilities of the Association is performed by a paid staff person, referred to as the Executive Director.

This site provides members a common forum for the exchange of pertinent information regarding state park programs and services.  Further, the site provides members a variety of other services including, direct links to state park directors and key staffs in each state, current research about state parks and related topics, employment opportunities within the various states, best practices, conferences and the Association's awards program.   

NASPD Constitution (.pdf)


National LWCF State Grant Training and LWCF Summit April 2013

National Land and Water Conservation Fund State Grant Program Training
Sunday, April 7 through Thursday, April 11

All State staff engaged in the LWCF program are invited to receive crucial comprehensive guidance on LWCF law and policy plus required and recommended practices and procedures. A special session designed for State Liaison Officers and covering LWCF fundamentals, functional authorities, and assignment responsibilities will be held on Thursday.

LWCF Summit: 50th Anniversary Celebration and Dialogue on Reauthorization
Thursday, April 11 through Friday, April 12

The LWCF Summit is open to any individual or organization interested in learning about the LWCF program, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of this pivotal act in 2015 and planning for the congressional reauthorization of LWCF as we look toward a future of continuing accomplishments.

LWCF Training and Summit Registration Deadline: March 22nd 
Hotel Room Reservation Deadline: March 7

Held at the Warwick Denver Hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado -

Please direct questions on the Summit to Domenic Bravo, NASORLO President at (307) 631-6498 / or

Doug Eiken, NASORLO Executive Director at 

For more information:


Outdoor Industry Association Report

The Outdoor Recreation Economy 2012

The Outdoor Industry Association recently issued a report addressing outdoor recreation as a significant sector of the American economy, including the creation of more than 6 million jobs.  The report is full of interesting facts and figures that you may find useful and focuses on direct economic effects.  If indirect effects on the economy are considered, the report estimates that outdoor recreation contributes $1.6 trillion to the U.S. economy and 12 million jobs.  A state-by-state report will be issued later this year.  Here is the link to the report if you are interested in reviewing:


America’s State Parks Alliance Launched to Advocate for Healthful and Economic Benefits Provided by the 50 States

More Than 725 Million Visits Provide a Collective $20 Billion Economic Impact to Communities Surrounding 6,000 State Park Units Nationwide

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Millions of Americans who rely on state parks for outdoor recreation are at risk of losing access to cherished natural and recreational assets, as severe state budget cuts sweep the nation. The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) established the America’s State Parks alliance ( to mobilize and educate the public and policy makers on the positive impact state parks have on public health and local economies.

Americans demonstrated a strong demand for budget-friendly outdoor recreation and cultural tourism within easy access to home, with more than 725 million visits to state parks in 2009. Whether hiking in the Rocky Mountains, kayaking in the Chesapeake Bay, visiting an historic battlefield or surfing a Southern California beach, state parks ranked among the most important leisure time choices for Americans. Despite this remarkable demand from the public during the recession, these green spaces are in peril.

“Building state parks creates jobs and operating state parks stimulates outdoor recreation and tourism spending. That translates to a huge boon to our local economies,” said NASPD President Joe Elton, Director of Virginia State Parks. Elton further stated that, “In 2009 visitors to state parks across America helped create a $20 billion economic impact, which is an incredible return on investment given that the overall budget expenditure nationwide is less than $2.3 billion.”

State parks also play a pivotal role in helping combat obesity, one of the nation’s most pressing health issues. First Lady Michelle Obama, along with doctors and public health officials, are citing the need for more activity among children.

“Simple outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and camping on public lands and waters can serve as a gateway to a healthier lifestyle,” says former White House Fellow Michael Suk, MD who served with the Department of the Interior and is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida. “Most state parks draw the majority of their visitors from surrounding communities and they see repeat visitation. They serve as an important asset that links recreation and public health.”

America’s State Parks will work collaboratively to share resources, best practices and engage in national partnerships with corporations for stewardship programs, aiding state parks during a time of severe state budget cuts and strong demand for state park experiences. Partnerships with corporations can help preserve many of America’s most prized natural assets through their affiliation and sponsorship of programs such as reforestation, trail preservation and maintenance and solar-energy installations.

About America’s State Parks

America’s State Parks will help capture the collective strength and importance of the great park systems developed in the 50 states. With over 6,000 units and more than 725 million visits, America’s State Parks works to enhance the American quality of life. NASPD board members representing each region of the country will govern the America’s State Parks alliance.

About the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD)

Comprised of fifty state park directors, the NASPD ( was founded in 1962. The mission of the Association is to promote and advance the state park systems of America for their own significance, as well as for their important contributions to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy.


National Association of State Parks Directors Award

Joe Elton, President of the National Association of State Parks Directors, presents his organization’s award to Commissioner Mike Connor for assisting state parks partners in the development of training for water-based recreation facility operations and helping managing partners develop new and better business practices. Mr. Elton also serves as State Parks Director for the Commonwealth of Virginia.



Most State Parks Report Camping Increase in 2009
By RV Business

A brand new survey of state parks by the National Association of State Park Directors has some very encouraging news for the camping and RV industry. For more information on this topic click here.

Virginia State Parks Director Joe Elton elected President of the National Association of State Park Directors
By Jim Meisner

(Stone Mountain, GA) - Virginia State Parks Director Joe Elton was elected president of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD)...(more)


America's State Parks Flyer
The National Association of State Park Directors advocates for more than 6,000 state park units and 730 million annual visitors to America’s State Parks...(more)



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