Issue 4: Summer 2000 page 1
The Superintendent's Letter
You will read in this newsletter that your National Park Service employees in Richmond are busy as ever, fueled by the positive energy of our new Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar, the success of our evening walks and talks on the battlefields, and the anticipation of a major building restoration project at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site.
The national fire emergencies have required, however, that we send nine of our staff to help with suppression, leaving the remaining staff stretched pretty thin. We are aware of the potential problems of the West Nile virus carried by some mosquitoes in New York and are working to reduce the mosquito larvae in the most vulnerable part of the Fort Harrison area. We have also initiated a project to eliminate the most aggressive of the exotic vegetation in the park, the so-called Tree of Heaven, that threatens the survival of the indigenous plants and trees.
We hope to see you this summer at one of the sites we manage for you, even if you are only stopping by to purchase one of the new National Park Passports, which will allow you free entry into the other units of the National Park System for a year after the purchase date. You can access up-to-date information about the Richmond sites on the Internet at www.nps.gov/rich and www.nps.gov/mawa. While our sites are historic, there's often something new on the web page.
Did You Know?
As part of a major assault against Richmond’s defenses fourteen African American soldiers received the Medal of Honor for heroic conduct at the battle of New Market Heights, September 29, 1864.