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PUBLISHER'S LET TER
PRESIDENT AND CEO

Barbara Tulipane, CAE

Conservation and the Jobs at Hand
As the first of NRPA's three pillars, conservation is essential to the mission of park and
recreation agencies nationwide. Park professionals bear the complex responsibility of being stewards of our parklands while also carrying the weight of creating a more sustainable future. Every day, the dedicated efforts of park and recreation professionals provide
education and the promotion of smart environmental practices to the public, as well as
the positive stewardship of our natural resources, all of which strengthen the mission of
conservation. Each action pushes the cause forward,
even if hindered by pushback from the public or extreme budget limitations. This issue, our first annual
conservation issue, addresses many of these challenges and provides voice to new responsive ideas.

VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING,
COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLISHING

Gina Mullins-Cohen
gcohen@nrpa.org
SENIOR EDITOR

Danielle Taylor
dtaylor@nrpa.org
PUBLICATION DESIGN

Creative By Design
www.creativebydesign.net
SENIOR MANAGER OF
ADVERTISING

Dana Storm
703.858.2174
dstorm@nrpa.org
ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE

Steve Schultz

Across the country, white-tailed deer, ground squirrels,
resident Canada geese, raccoons, alligators and beavers
are flourishing in our parks. While some view these critters as harmless, others who fear the threat of disease or
complain of damages that these species of wildlife cause
may wish to address the issues by removing the animals,
which can only lead to bad publicity and rifts within the
community. On page 44, Rich Dolesh, NRPA's VP of
Conservation and Parks, speaks to the concern for wildlife in our parks and the many issues in dealing with
" nuisance " wildlife and educating the public on why
their actions can influence the behavior of wildlife.
While touring the parks of Portland Parks and Recreation in Oregon last month, our CEO,
Barbara Tulipane, and I had the opportunity to meet some GRUNTs. GRUNTs are teens
engaged in a unique hands-on conservation program that also provides job skills, real-life
work experience and career paths to hard-to-reach teenagers. On page 54, Peter Magnuson
explores the program and the life-changing opportunities afforded to the teens involved.
The National Wildlife Federation's Certified Wildlife Habitat program, thriving now for more
than 40 years, provides education to homeowners and communities to assist in providing habitat for nature's less celebrated, but equally important species found everywhere from backyards to public parks. A feature on this program, found on page 50, provides an inside look
and also speaks to the protection efforts underway for one of America's favorite songbirds.
Finally, we say farewell to former Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard, who recently left the
NRPA staff to pursue other professional opportunities. We wish Beth the best of luck and
much happiness in her new endeavors.

GINA MULLINS-COHEN
Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing

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