Centennial Challenge Projects coming to Southern California National Parks
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725
Greater Los Angeles, CA – The National Park Service Centennial Challenge will fund five education and science programs in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Channel Islands National Park with an additional $800,000 this year. Each project is an opportunity to enhance the scientific knowledge about the natural resources or provide education and environmental stewards.
The five funded programs are:
The Centennial Challenge provides matching funds to national parks with partners to conduct programs that enhance the learning by both visitors and the parks themselves. Each of the above programs has at least a 50% match by a park partner. The total cost of all the programs is close to $800,000, but more than half of this came from nongovernment sources.
National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomar said, “With the nearly $25 million Congress has appropriated and nearly $27 million of matching commitments from our park partners, the Centennial Initiative today moves onto the landscape and into people’s lives. It’s a great day for the National Park Service and a great day for all who live near Santa Monica Mountains and Channel Islands National Parks.”
The National Park Centennial Initiative is a 10-year program to reinvigorate America’s national parks and prepare them for a second century. The initiative includes a focus on increased funding for park operations plus a President’s Challenge: up to $100 million a year in federal funds to match $100 million a year in philanthropic donations to the National Park Service.
Director Bomar said, “We really have to get cracking. Many of our parks have a short construction seasons for the brick and mortar and trail projects and our rangers will need to quickly integrate new programs for the rush of summer visitors who arrive in a few short months.”
The National Park Centennial Initiative provides a framework for the National Park Service to engage the public in its mission. Its goals and strategies will embrace new constituents and gain support from a broad array of public and private partners to ensure America’s national parks continue to thrive into the next 100 years.
Centennial Challenge programs and projects for 2008 elsewhere in the United Sates include:
For a complete list of the 2008 National Park Service Centennial Challenge projects and programs please visit www.nps.gov/2016.
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