March 16, 2007
Michael Kusch, (315) 336-3126
National Park Centennial Initiative
National Park Service Hosts Listening Session
on $3 Billion National Park Centennial Initiative
(City, State) --- On Wednesday, March 21, 2007, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Acting Superintendent Jeffrey Collins and the staff at Fort Stanwix National Monument will host a listening session at Marinus Willett Center, located at the intersection of James and Dominick Streets, to seek suggestions and ideas on President Bush’s $3 billion National Park Centennial Initiative. The session is one in a series that are being held around the country. The President’s proposal would provide significant new public and private investment during the next ten years to reinvigorate and strengthen national parks by the National Park Service’s 100th birthday in 2016.
Participants are being asked to focus their comments on three vital questions:
● Imagine you, your children, or future generations enjoying national parks in 2016 and beyond. What are your hopes and expectations?
● What role do you think national parks should play in the lives of Americans and visitors from around the world?
● What are the signature projects and programs that you think should be highlighted for completion over the next 10 years?
“These sessions are a great opportunity to think big and act boldly to develop a plan to prepare national parks for the future," said National Park Service Director Mary Bomar. From the session discussions, the Interior Department and the National Park Service will identify signature projects and programs, set specific performance goals and report to the President by May 31st. The public also may comment on the National Park Centennial Initiative from March 12 through April 2 online at the following site: .
WHO: Jeffrey Collins, Acting Superintendent
WHAT: Listening Session on National Park Centennial Initiative
WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 3:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Fort Stanwix National Monument, Marinus Willett Center, located at the intersection of James and Dominick Streets
MEDIA: All credentialed news media are welcome to attend.