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As part of her itinerary during National Park Week, Director Fran Mainella visited Point Reyes National Seashore today. Ms. Mainella toured the park’s premier beaches, observed wildlife up close, and learned about many of the upcoming park projects.
The Director stated, "I was impressed by the sheer beauty of the coastline, the high biological diversity, and the breath of cultural resources. Point Reyes is truly a national treasure--a special gift to future generations."
The Director announced to park staff that the FY06 President’s Budget includes $2.2 million for Coastal Watershed Restoration at Point Reyes. This project will remove fish passage impediments in the Drakes Estero Watershed such as culverts and replace with structures that allow passage of spawning coho salmon and steelhead trout. Both species are federally listed as threatened.
In addition, the Director learned about the $1.8 million project to restore and repair the historic Point Reyes Lifeboat Station on Drakes Bay. The Lifeboat Station is a National Historic Landmark, one of only 2,000 in the nation.
"America’s Gift To The World" is the theme of National Park Week, celebrated during the week of April 18-24, 2005.
What began as a uniquely American idea with the creation of Yellowstone as the world’s first national park in 1872 has been exported, adapted and adopted worldwide in the decades that followed.
A variety of events will be held at national parks across the nation during the week including the 35th anniversary of Earth Day.
"It is my privilege each spring to encourage people to visit their national parks," said Director Mainella. "To paraphrase Stephen Mather, the first Director of the Service, 'Visitors come away with a sense of pride, contentment and improved health after visiting our national parks.'"
Point Reyes National Seashore receives over 2 million visitors annually, protects over 80 miles of coastline, and administers 90,000 acres of public trust.
The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. For details on national parks, you can visit our web site at www.nps.gov.