U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Centiennial Initiative

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary
March 15, 2007
Shane Wolfe, 202-208-6416
or David Barna, 202-208-6843


Deputy Secretary Lynn Scarlett to Hold Listening Session in Denver on $3 Billion National Park Centennial Initiative

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, March 21, Interior Deputy Secretary Lynn Scarlett will host a listening session at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood, Colorado to seek suggestions and ideas on President Bush’s National Park Centennial Initiative.

The session is one in a series that are being held around the country. The President’s proposal would provide up to $3 billion in new public and private investment during the next ten years to reinvigorate and strengthen national parks by the National Park Service’s 100th birthday in 2016.

Participants are being asked to focus their comments on three vital questions:

  • Imagine you, your children, or future generations enjoying national parks in 2016 and beyond. What are your hopes and expectations?
  • What role do you think national parks should play in the lives of Americans and visitors from around the world?
  • What are the signature projects and programs that you think should be highlighted for completion over the next 10 years?
  • From the session discussions, the Interior Department and the National Park Service will identify signature projects and programs, set specific performance goals and report to the President by May 31st.

The public also may provide comments online regarding the National Park Centennial Initiative through April 2 at the following site: www.nps.gov/2016.

This site also contains information on the National Park Centennial Initiative.

WHO: Lynn Scarlett, Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior
WHAT: Listening Session on National Park Centennial Initiative
WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 from 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Sheraton Denver West Hotel, (Bergen Park Conference Room – 2nd Floor), 360 Union Boulevard, Lakewood, Colorado.
MEDIA: All credentialed news media are welcome to attend