STATEMENT OF DANIEL N. WENK ,
ACTING DIRECTOR, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE,
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
BEFORE THE SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS,
OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES,
CONCERNING S. 1418 AND H.R. 2330
TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CARRY OUT A STUDY
TO DETERMINE THE SUITABILITY AND FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING
CAMP HALE AS A UNIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM.
July 22, 2009
Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to present the Department of the Interior's views on S. 1418 and H.R. 2330, the Camp Hale Study Act.The U.S. Forest Service (
The Department supports both S. 1418 and H.R. 2330, with an amendment to section two to include the US Forest Service in a joint study with the National Park Service for the future management of Camp Hale and to delete section three.However, we feel that priority should be given to the 47 previously authorized studies for potential units of the National Park System, potential new National Heritage Areas, and potential additions to the National Trails System and National Wild and Scenic River System that have not yet been transmitted to Congress.
S. 1418 and H.R. 2330 are almost identical and both bills would authorize the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of designating Camp Hale as a unit in the National Park System.The study would also determine the methods and means for protection and interpretation of the
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We suggest that both bills be amended in section two to include the US Forest Service in the study to determine the future of
Mr. Chairman, this concludes my prepared remarks.I would be happy to answer any questions you or any other members of the subcommittee may have.