NRPA Response to National Park Impacts Amid Government Shutdown

(January 7, 2019)

Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued the following statement in response to the ongoing federal government shutdown and its effect on national parks:

“The government shutdown has caused many national parks to be left unattended and unable to safely maintain operations, threatening not only the natural and cultural resources our national parks were created to preserve, but the visitors themselves.  For one hundred years, our national parks have been intended to leave these resources ‘…unimpaired for future generations.’  This ill-conceived shutdown is causing critical damage to our parks and harm to surrounding communities. NRPA urges Congress and the administration to fully fund and reopen our national parks and federal public lands. The neglect and mismanagement of our national parks resulting from this shutdown is unacceptable.”  

About the National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit