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

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary
March 19, 2007
Shane Wolfe, 202-208-6416
or David Barna, 202-208-6843


Kempthorne Headed to Seattle for Listening Session on President's $3 Billion Park Centennial Initiative

WASHINGTON – On Monday, March 26, 2007, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will host a listening session in Seattle, Wash., to seek suggestions and ideas on President Bush’s National Park Centennial Initiative.

The session at Seattle’s Town Hall is part of a series of meetings 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?

“These sessions are a great opportunity to think big and act boldly to develop a plan to prepare national parks for the future," said Kempthorne.

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 on the National Park Centennial Initiative through April 2 online at the following site: www.nps.gov/2016.

WHO: Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, National Park Service
Regional Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
WHAT: Listening Session on National Park Centennial Initiative
WHEN: March 26, 2007, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave (at Seneca St), Seattle, WA 98101
MEDIA: All credentialed news media are welcome to attend