With more than 60 combined years of award-winning journalistic experience, much of it tied to public lands, national parks, wildlife, and the environment, Editor-in-Chief Kurt Repanshek and Travel Editor Randy Johnson have a long list of credits in such magazines as Audubon, Backpacker, Hemispheres, Smithsonian and Sunset, as well as a best-selling collection of park guidebooks to their credit.
National Parks Traveler is not affiliated with the National Park Service. Our mission is clear: National Parks Traveler works to educate the general public about the National Park System, increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting the national parks and the National Park Service, and build a stronger advocacy for protection and sound stewardship of the parks.Since being launched in August 2005, National Parks Traveler has evolved into the Internet's top-ranked editorially independent site for news, commentary, and features revolving around the national parks and the National Park Service. With a robust and growing audience of more than 1.2 million readers a year, the Traveler is the only website that provides a steady, daily dose of fresh editorial content on the parks.
The Traveler endorses and actively supports the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 that mandated a high standard of protection for the parks, as well as the Redwoods Act of 1978 that reemphasized the Organic Act’s stewardship provisions and affirmed that they are to be applied on a system-wide basis.
Traveler seeks to work in ways that are consistent with the National Park Service’s fundamental purpose for managing the parks, which is “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."
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