An initiative of UC Berkeley, in partnership with the National Park Service and National Geographic Society

As the Dean of Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources, I welcome this opportunity to introduce you to the initiatives that UC Berkeley is undertaking to support one of our nation's greatest and most beloved assets - our National Parks. Our partners in this endeavor are the National Park Service and The National Geographic Society, which has from the start been a stalwart supporter of all our parks.

It's a little-known fact that major inspiration for the National Park Service came from a conference held in Berkeley in 1915. Led by Stephen Mather, a Berkeley alum, the group of superintendents, supervisors, and custodians of national parks, business leaders, government officials and officers of the Sierra Club generated informed momentum for establishing the park service. Congress passed legislation that established the National Park Service in 1916 and Mather became the first of three Cal graduates who served as Directors of the service in its early years.

As you navigate this website, you will learn more about the visionary leadership that created the National Park Service and our efforts to help the parks flourish in their second century. The first step in this current initiative is a summit on the Berkeley campus from March 25 to 27, 2015. The focus of the event will be the critical issues – particularly climate change - facing the parks today, as well as the opportunities for the Berkeley campus to play a leading role in the future of parks. In an era of strident partisanship, the University of California, Berkeley is well-placed to lead the discussion and guide thoughtful decisions as the parks enter their Second Century. We look forward to taking on those tasks in the months ahead and encourage you to join us.

Sincerely,

J. Keith Gilless
Dean, College of Natural Resources

Planning Committee Co-Chairs

Dick Beahrs
CNR Advisory Board Member

Linda Schacht
CNR Advisory Board Member

Advisory Board Members

Ken Burns
Documentary film producer and director

Nathan Brostrom
Executive Vice President for Business Operations, University of California Office of the President

Peter Buckley
Founder and President of the David Brower Center

Kay Coates
Member of The Trust for Public Land New York City Playgrounds Committee and passionate advocate for public parks everywhere.

Milton Chen
Senior Fellow, Edutopia

Chris Dornin Boskin
Media Consultant

Bob Hansen
Consultant and Former President of The Yosemite Fund

Caryl Hart
Director of Sonoma County Regional Parks and Parks Forward Commission Chair

Charlene Harvey
Community Leader

Dan Kammen
Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy
Energy and Resources Group
Goldman School of Public Policy
Department of Nuclear Engineering

Kim Larson
Special Advisor, Children and Nature Network

Congressman George Miller

Michael A. Roosevelt
Friedman, McCubbin, Spalding, Bilter, Roosevelt, & Montgomery, APC

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner

Woody Smeck
Superintendent, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Kristine Tompkins
Tompkins Conservation

Kerry Tremain
Creative Director, 36 Views Digital Publishing

Thomas J. White
College of Natural Resources Advisory Board member, UC Berkeley

Summit Steering Committee

Steve Beissinger, Committee Chair
Professor of Conservation Biology
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

David Ackerly
Professor of Integrative Biology
College of Letters & Science, UC Berkeley

Holly Doremus
James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley
Faculty Co-Director, Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment
Director, Environmental Law Program
Berkeley Law, UC Berkeley

Angela Evenden
National Park Service Coordinator
Californian Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
Adjunct Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

Gary Machlis
Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service
Professor of Conservation, University of Idaho

Raymond Sauvajot
Deputy Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science
National Park Service
Associate Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

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Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park

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Pinnacles National Park

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Acadia National Park

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