STATEMENT OF DANIEL N. WENK,
ACTING DIRECTOR, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE,
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS
OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
ON S. 742,
A BILL TO EXPAND THE BOUNDARY OF
THE JIMMY CARTER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE,
TO REDESIGNATE THE UNIT AS A NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK,
AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
July 22, 2009
Mr. Chairman, members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to present the views of the Department of the Interior on S. 742, a bill to expand the boundary of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, to redesignate the unit as a
The Department supports enactment of S. 742. This legislation would authorize the addition of properties to the Jimmy Carter historic site that would help broaden public understanding of the life and work of President Carter and enhance the visitor experience in Plains,
Legislation authorizing the establishment of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and Preservation District was enacted in 1987 to preserve the key sites and structures associated with President Jimmy Carter during his life, provide for the interpretation of the life and presidency of Jimmy Carter, and present the history of a small rural southern town. The historic site consists of President Carter's boyhood home in the community of Archery,
Old Plains Highway west
President and Mrs. Carter both grew up in and around Plains. Except for time spent in college, the Navy, the
S. 742 would include several new areas to the boundary of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.Of critical importance to the National Park Service would be the addition of properties in the vicinity of the Carter residence that, if acquired, would serve an immediate park need.One of these properties would be appropriate for relocation of the park's maintenance and curatorial facilities.The maintenance division for the park is currently housed in a dilapidated structure built by high school students in the 1950's on the grounds of the former
The bill would also add to the park boundary several other properties, including:
The National Park Service anticipates that there would be no acquisition costs for the
S. 742 would also change the designation of the historic site to the
Finally, the bill includes references for a map that would depict the revised boundary of the park.We will provide this boundary map to the committee in the near future.
Mr. Chairman, this concludes my prepared remarks.I would be pleased to answer any questions you or any members of the Subcommittee may have.