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If Western communities seem obsessed with the policies and budget priorities of the U.S. Department of the Interior, it’s with good reason.

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service on Wednesday released a plan to identify gaps in the current National Park System to better inform future decision-makers – including the incoming Trump Administration -- of options that more fully represent the nation’s natural and cultural resources, and the experiences of all Americans.

The marking of a centennial represents an expanse that most people don’t experience personally. 100 years is a very long time. It’s a milestone, it’s an achievement; especially for a country that just celebrated its 240th birthday and whose first national park, Yellowstone National Park, was created 144 years ago.