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National Parks Must Reach Out to Minorities

December 17, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

Glacier National Park’s retiring superintendent says the park service must do a better job of attracting minority visitors and employees, KFBB-TV, Black Mountain, Mont., reported.

Chas Cartwright says national parks must be relevant to all of America if they are to be protected in the future.

He says the National Park Service must tell the stories of minorities, accommodate their needs and, for kids, emphasize the fun side instead of just education.

Cartwright spoke to The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview about two weeks before he steps down Dec. 28.

He is ending 40 years of federal government service, the last four as Glacier superintendent.

He says the challenges his successor will face include battling the effects of climate change, relieving park congestion and staving off aquatic invasive species that threaten the park’s watersheds.

 

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