This blog post is the fifth and final in a weekly series throughout July examining opportunities in different sectors of America’s diverse economy.
This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which administers America’s 411 national parklands in every state covering a total of 84 million acres. A number of career paths are available in the park service and related tourism.
“Laws change; people die; the land remains.” So said Abraham Lincoln, the United States’ 16th president. Ten years later, Union Civil War general-turned-president, Ulysses S. Grant, declared Yellowstone the world’s first national park.
As exploration and the conservation movements recognized numerous natural and historic treasures from coast to coast, Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act on Aug. 25, 1916, establishing the agency within the Department of the Interior to oversee the nation’s irreplaceable parklands.
America’s Top Parks
The advent of the automobile and the growth of interstate highways during the 1950s made national parks and monuments accessible to millions of Americans and overseas visitors. More than 305 million people visited a U.S. national park area in 2015, a record approaching the nation’s total population, though many were international tourists or repeat visitors.