On this episode of the Park Leaders Show, guest co-host, Phil Gaines, returns to discuss the autonomy of state parks.
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, decision-making in state parks was centralized at headquarters resulting in cookie-cutter approaches to management; however, as Phil explains, recent trends have empowered authority at the local level. Since each park is unique, each state park should have the authority to make quick, high-impact decisions.
While headquarters should have a role in influencing outcomes, Phil believes if people on-site at field and regional levels are equipped to facilitate resolutions, state parks will benefit more in the long run.
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