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Parks, Recreation, and Leisure: USDA / Federal Resources

This is a guide to researching state and national parts and recreational and leisure activities.

National Park Service

Department of the Interior
The U.S. Department of the Interior protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future. NPS is under the direction of the USDI.

National Park Service Official Site

National Parks in Michigan, from NPS

NPS Civil War: 150 Years, Sesquicentennial Commemoration 

Civil War Parks - There are over 70 parks in the National Park System which have resources that are related to the history of the Civil War. They provide opportunities to tour the real places where this struggle occurred nearly 150 years ago.

American Battlefield Protection Program
The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil.

Sleeping Bear Dunes is GMA's 2011 Most Beautiful Place in America - NPS site

NPS sites in Michigan

Isle Royale, National Park, Houghton, MI

Keweenaw, National Historical Park, Calumet, MI

Motor Cities, National Heritage Area, Detroit, MI

Pictured Rocks, National Lakeshore, Munising, Grand Marais, MI

Sleeping Bear Dunes, National Lakeshore, Empire, MI

North Country, National Scenic Trail, Seven States-New York to North Dakota: MI, MN, ND, NY, OH, PA, WI

US Forest Service Links

Other Agencies

America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Americans
President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda. AGO takes as its premise that lasting conservation solutions should rise from the American people – that the protection of our natural heritage is a non-partisan objective shared by all Americans. AGO recognizes that many of the best ideas come from outside of Washington. Instead of dictating policies, this initiative turns to communities for local, grassroots conservation initiatives. Instead of growing bureaucracy, it calls for reworking inefficient policies and making the Federal Government a better partner with states, tribes, and local communities.

American Helicopter Services and Aerial Firefighting Association

International Association of Wildland Fire

National Fire Protection Association

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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