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 San Francisco on National Park Centennial Initiative

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, March 22, 2007, Interior Deputy Secretary Lynn Scarlett will host a listening session in San Francisco, Calif., to seek suggestions and ideas on President Bush’s National Park Centennial Initiative.

The session at the Presidio Officers Club in Golden Gate National Recreation Area is part of a series of public meetings being held around the country this month. The President’s proposal would provide up to $3 billion in new public and private investment over 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 31.

The public also may comment online regarding the National Park Centennial Initiative through April 2 at the following site: www.nps.gov/2016. This site also contains additional information on the National Park Centennial Initiative.

WHO: Deputy Secretary Lynn Scarlett,
National Park Service Regional Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
WHAT: Listening Session on National Park Centennial Initiative
WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 2007, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Presidio Officers Club, The Presidio, Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
MEDIA: All credentialed news media are welcome to attend