This past week we had the great honor of being on hand for the 2008 National State Park Directors Conference in Boise, Idaho. This year’s theme, “Keeping it real in a virtual world” tackled the realities state parks are facing regarding the every changing technological world we now live in. Directors attended a variety of presentations dealing with how to cope with the challenges state parks are facing in 2008. Attendees learned how to reconnect kids with nature, the use of technology as an interpretative tool, and using technology to enhance park operations.
Leave No Trace was on hand as a follow up from last year’s conference where directors signed a letter of understanding to promote Leave No Trace within state parks. We offered state park resource guides to help directors implement the resources Leave No Trace has to educate the public how to minimize user impacts on their lands. We also promoted partnership with the Center as an effort to provide the public with the skills and ethics necessary to preserve our parks. We wanted to thank the great state of Idaho for hosting the conference this year, and for taking such good care of us while we were in Boise.
Topher & Alexis