Carl Lis OBE, Chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has been elected Chair of National Parks England, the body which represents the 10 National Park Authorities in England.
This key appointment for National Parks England comes as the country faces a climate emergency and follows the recent release of the independent Review of Designated Landscapes, which calls for bold action in National Parks to protect and enhance the natural environment, encourage greater use of England’s National Parks and to offer the chance for every child to spend a night under the stars.
Mr Lis said; “I am immensely proud of the work that the National Park Authorities do, both in my home Yorkshire Dales and across the country. We are a strong network responsible for caring for these extraordinary places.”
“With the major challenges faced by society, from climate change and nature recovery, to the future of farming and sustaining health and well-being our National Parks have a vital role to play. The expertise to be found in our National Parks is palpable. As I look ahead, there are undoubtedly challenges but I believe they are dwarfed by the many opportunities.”
“During 2019 we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the legislation that created National Parks. Looking to the future, they are increasingly important and relevant to the nation as we tackle some of society’s most pressing issues. We want to see our National Parks protected and enhanced, with a strong connection to the public so that everyone can value and care for these inspiring and beautiful landscapes. With a General Election around the corner National Parks England looks forward to working with a future Government to ensure this happens.”
Mr Lis will continue in his current role as Chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.