A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, BUSINESS SERVICES, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE,
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS,
RECREATION AND PUBLIC LANDS,
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES,
CONCERNING H.R. 3967,
TO AMEND THE NATIONAL GREAT BLACK AMERICANS COMMEMORATION ACT OF 2004
TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS THROUGH 2015.
April 27, 2010
Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to appear before your committee to present the views of the Department of the Interior on H.R. 3967, a bill to amend the National Great Black Americans Commemoration Act of 2004 to authorize appropriations through fiscal year 2015.
H.R. 3967 does not appear to provide any role for the Department of the Interior with the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum nor are we aware of any connection this museum has with any national park programs. We therefore, defer to the Department of Justice for its position on this legislation.
H.R. 3967 would extend authorization of appropriations through fiscal year 2015. In 2004, Congress passed the National Great Black Americans Commemoration Act of 2004 (PL 108-238) authorizing the Department of Justice to provide grants to "carry out programs relating to civil rights and juvenile justice through the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and Justice Learning Center" in Baltimore, Maryland, administered by a non-profit group, the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Inc.
Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to comment. This concludes my prepared remarks and I will be happy to answer any questions you or other committee members might have.