Thursday, March 22, 2007

Listen And Speak Up America! U.S. National Park Service To Host 'Listening Session' On $3 Billion National Park Centennial Initiative

"On Tuesday, March 27, 2007, National Park Service, National Capital Region Director Joseph Lawler will host a listening session at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA) to seek suggestions and ideas on President Bush's $3 billion National Park Centennial Initiative. The session is one in a series being held around the country. The President's proposal would provide significant new public and private investment during the next 10 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: National Park Service, National Capital Region Director Joseph Lawler.

WHAT: Listening Session on National Park Centennial Initiative.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 27, 2006, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA). WIMSA is located at the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery directly across Memorial Bridge from the Lincoln Memorial. WIMSA is a two-block walk from METRO's Arlington National Cemetery station on the Blue Line."


With many thanks to Judy Scott Feldman, Ph.D. Chairman National Coalition to Save Our Mall

The World-renowned Nikitsky Botanical Garden and Park, near Yalta, the Crimean Autonomous Republic, Ukraine, Future European Union.

Photo credit: With thanks.


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