Innovative Public-Private Partnerships Can Help Fix Our Parks

Innovative Public-Private Partnerships Can Help Fix Our Parks
National parks

The Student Conservation Association deploys thousands of young people each year to restore our parks, as shown here in Acadia National Park.

© Student Conservation Association

In this four-part series, I share a number of ways the National Park Service is working with the private sector—from for-profit companies and service organizations to philanthropists—to help eliminate an $11.3 billion repair backlog at our national parks, monuments, memorials, and historic sites. These partnerships are a vital part of efforts to restore and protect our most treasured places.   

Part 1: Railroad Magnates, Philanthropists Helped Launch Our National Parks: A look back at some of the public-private partnerships that helped national parks get their start.

Part 2: A New Job Can Start With Park Repairs: People who help restore national parks are gaining new job skills.

Part 3: Corporate Expertise and Equipment Enhance National Parks: In-kind donations from for-profit companies are helping to upgrade our parks.

Part 4: Philanthropy Helps Repair Our National Parks: Private donations are helping the National Park Service tackle some of its most costly maintenance challenges.

Marcia Argust directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ campaign to restore America’s parks.