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Press Release



Centennial Kempthorne and Director Bomar to Host Media Conference Call Tomorrow



01/13/2009


Contact: David Barna or Jeffrey Olson
202-208-6843


WASHINGTON -Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomar will announce the 2009 National Park Service Centennial Challenge projects and programs during a media conference call at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, January 13.

Ten million dollars in Congressionally appropriated funds will be paired with $17 million raised by park partners in this second year of Centennial Challenge projects and programs. The projects and programs will enhance visitor facilities, expand educational programs, improve transportation systems, and advance scientific inventories in parks.

Parks in the following states will receive funding from the Centennial Challenge in 2009: Alaska, California, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.

Who: Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomartd>
What: 2009 Centennial Challenge projects and program announcement
When: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. EST
How: The dial in number is 800-369-1721 The passcode is 7690157
BACKGROUND: President Bush launched the Centennial Initiative in 2006 as a 10-year effort to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment in time for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary in 2016. The initiative comprises two funding components - the Centennial Challenge and operational enhancement funding - and furthers goals in the areas of stewardship, environmental leadership, recreational experience, education and professional excellence.