Global Geoparks Network. Wesley Hill International Liaison The Geological Society of America Boulder, Colorado USA. NPS is currently assessing participation in the global Geoparks program (UNESCO)
The Geological Society of America
Boulder, Colorado USA
NPS is currently assessing participation in the global Geoparks program (UNESCO)
Coordination is through the NPS Geologic Resources Division (GRD) & Office of International Affairs
Briefings to the Associate Director level
NPS is currently working with GSA and USGS
A destination identity similar in concept to a National Heritage Area. Geoparks are defined by the geology of the landscape and transcend the boundaries of parks and other protected areas.
A Geopark operates as a partnership of people and land managers working to promote Earth heritage through education and sustainable tourism.
Nationally (or globally) important geologic area.
Opportunity to Increase Geotourism:
Geotourism:the objective of the trip is to visit or view a geological formation or unique landscape
Site Authority & Management:
Management control by existing structure.
UNESCO has no sovereignty and no control over any Geopark - in any shape or form. Management lies at all times with the host nation and with host authorities & management.
Type of quality branding standard similar to World Heritage.
The National Park Service and The Geological Society of America (GSA) have drafted U.S. guidelines for Geopark applications.
The U.S. and Canada are working together on national Geoparks initiatives and hope for a future North American Geoparks Network.
UNESCO just awarded the 1st Geopark in Canada. Stonehammer Geopark, New Brunswick First Geopark in North America
Comment period on draft U.S. guidelines
Feedback from the field on concept of program
Finalize U.S. Geoparks guidelines
Form U.S. National Committee for Geoparks
Approval at the State Department level
Geopark applications accepted every 2 years
Current site interested in applying Gold Belt Scenic Byway area in Colorado