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).
STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, BEFORE THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION, CONCERNING H.R. 1574, A BILL TO AMEND THE DAYTON AVIATION HERITAGE PRESERVATION ACT OF 1992 TO RENAME A SITE OF THE PARK.
APRIL 26, 2013
Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to present the views of the Department of the Interior on H.R. 1574, a bill to amend the Dayton Aviation Heritage Preservation Act of 1992 to rename a site of the park.
The Department does not object to H.R. 1574. This bill would amend the enabling act for the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park (Park), a unit of the National Park System, to provide that the Park shall include a site known as the "John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers National Museum" rather than the "John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center."
The facility that is the subject of this legislation is owned and operated by Dayton History, a not-for-profit partner of the National Park Service.It is a major attraction within Carillon Historical Park, a private parcel within the boundary of the Park that is also owned and managed by Dayton History. This facility houses the 1905 Wright Flyer III, the only airplane in the United States designated a National Historic Landmark.Dayton History is planning to change the name of the facility from the John W. Berry, Sr. "Aviation Center" to the John W. Berry, Sr. "National Museum."This bill would ensure that there is no discrepancy between the actual name of the facility and the name used to identify it in the law that includes it within the Park.
If the committee moves forward with this legislation, the Department would recommend amending the title of the bill to more accurately reflect the bill's purpose.The bill would not rename the site, as the title suggests, but rather it would ensure consistency between the new name given to it by Dayton History and the law providing for its inclusion in the Park.
If this bill is enacted, there would be costs for the National Park Service to modify or replace its entrance sign and update its interpretive materials, but these would be minimal and would be made in the course of normal replacement and updating of these items.
That concludes my testimony Mr. Chairman.I would be pleased to respond to any questions from you and members of the committee.