August 4, 2021  Dear President Biden,  We, the undersigned, urge you to nominate a National Park Service (NPS) Director as soon as possible. It’s been over four years since the NPS has had a Senate-confirmed director, an agency whose 20,000 employees oversee 423 of America’s most treasured places — national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails. Now is the time to nominate and secure a permanent director.  The NPS Director is charged with upholding the National Park Service’s mission to protect and keep unimpaired our most incredible natural, cultural and historic resources for current and future generations to experience and enjoy. Our national park rangers, and the American people, deserve nothing less than a fully empowered leader to perform their duties.  Our national parks are facing great threats, including from nearby development, air and water pollution and climate change. The parks are also experiencing record breaking visitation that must be managed carefully to ensure the protection of the resources and visitor enjoyment. The system is also enjoying strong bipartisan support as evidenced in passage last year of the Great American Outdoors Act which will dramatically reduce years of underinvestment which resulted in a deferred maintenance backlog creating safety and enjoyment challenges for visitors and threats to park natural, cultural and historic resources. These challenges and opportunities demand innovative and bold leadership from a Director to make our parks, and their air, water and wildlife stronger and better than ever before.  The NPS also needs a Director who is committed to partnerships and diversity within the park system, including working with a network of allies in the conservation, recreation and travel and tourism arenas. In order for our national parks to grow stronger in their second century, the next Director must work to ensure that everyone feels welcome and can see themselves reflected in these beautiful places, and that caring for our parks is a universal commitment.  Recognizing how long the NPS has been without a confirmed Director, we urge you to proceed with a formal nomination in the very near future of a qualified, proven leader. We look forward to supporting the next Director and all the important work ahead to ensure the protection and future of our national parks.  Thank you for your consideration,  Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area/Looking for Lincoln  Alliance of National Heritage Areas  American Battlefield Trust  American Hiking Society  American Society of Landscape Architects  American Trails  Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area  Appalachian Trail Conservancy  Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance  Atchafalaya National Heritage Area  Atomic Heritage Foundation  Augusta Canal Authority  Bear River Heritage Area  Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor  Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Inc  Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership  Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area  Canal Corridor Association  Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc.  Christopher Park Alliance  Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks  Colorado Wild Public Lands  Coltsville Heritage Partnership, Inc  Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor  Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust  Essex National Heritage Area  Evelyn Hill Inc  Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance  Forever Resorts  Fort Sumter Tours  Franklin D. Roosevelt Hyde Park Foundation  Freedom Trail Foundation  Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area  Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks  Friends of Dyke Marsh  Friends of Fairsted  Friends of Herring River  Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands  Friends of the Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters  Friends of the Mississippi River  Friends of the Upper Delaware River  Grand Junction Area Broadband — Great Old Broads for Wilderness  Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership  Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce  Hamilton Partnership for Paterson  High Country Conservation Advocates  Historic Pullman Foundation  Hoosier Environmental Council  International Inbound Travel Association  Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy  John Burroughs Association  Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area  League of Conservation Voters  Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust  Methow Valley Citizens Council  Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area  Mississippi Park Connection  Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area  MotorCities National Heritage Area Pnsp  Mountain Trip Alaska  Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust  National Marine Manufacturing Association  National Park Hospitality Association  National Parks Conservation Association  National Park Partners  National Tour Association  New York-New Jersey Trail Conference  Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, Inc.  Northern Plains National Heritage Area  Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism  Olympic Park Advocates  Outdoor Industry Association  Outdoor Recreation Roundtable  Partnership for the National Trails  Public Lands Alliance  Revolutionary Spaces, Inc.  Rocky Mountain Conservancy  Rocky Mountain Wild  San Juan Citizens Alliance  San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council  Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance  Save the Dunes  Scenic America  Shenandoah National Park Trust  Southeast Tourism Society  Susquehanna National Heritage Area  The Ansel Adams Gallery  The Corps Network  The Evangelical Environmental Network  The Trust for Public Land  Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Partnership  United States Tour Operators Association  Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area  Voyageurs Conservancy  Washington Biologists’ Field Club  Washington Parks & People  Washington’s National Park Fund  Western States Tourism Policy Council  Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation  Wild Rivers Conservancy of the St. Croix & Namekagon  Wildlands Network  Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area  Cc: Deb Haaland, U.S. Secretary of the Interior  Tommy Beaudreau, U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior  Shannon Estenoz, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks