A sister park, known as a twin town relationship, is a form of legal or social agreement between two geographically and politically
distinct localities for the purpose of promoting cultural and commercial ties.
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Published Thursday, June 24, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Representatives of the United States National Park System and the Ministry of the Environment signed an agreement to twin the U.S. Golden Gate National Park and the San Lucas Island National Park.
A sister park, known as a twin town relationship, is a form of legal or social agreement between two geographically and politically distinct localities for the purpose of promoting cultural and commercial ties.
Isla San Lucas is located in the Gulf of Nicoya on the Pacific Coast. It was the place where a former prison was established from 1873 to 1991. The island and the waters that surround it contain a wide variety of wildlife.
On August 10, 2020, it was designated as the 30th National Park of Costa Rica. A video showing the natural beauties of the island was released by the National System of Conservation Areas and can be seen on AM Costa Rica's YouTube channel.
Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay in the U.S. state of California. The island was used as a prison from 1859 to 1963. Alcatraz also contains many natural features and a colony of seabirds. In 1972, Alcatraz became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
With this agreement, which was signed by Laura Joss, the Superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, both places commit to working together to promote cooperation and support for the mutual benefit of the parks.
The goal is to improve the experiences and capacities of the personnel who work in these sites, through projects and other cooperation initiatives, the exchange of technical and professional knowledge, information, data, technology, training, among others.
The cooperation agreement is for five years and may be extended for a period of five more years by mutual parks authorities' decision.
Since the 1970s, the U.S. National Park Service and the Ministry of the Environment have cooperated in the conservation, preservation and management of National Parks and other protected natural and cultural heritage sites for conservation, recreation and public education purposes. This cooperation agreement was renewed in 2012.
Due to the national health emergency caused by the pandemic, San Lucas Island had to be closed to the public. On the day of its reopening, in December 2020, more than 2,000 tourists visited the island.
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