WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will provide the keynote address to the National Parks Conservation Association’s (NPCA) New York Gala on Thursday, October 25 in New York City.
Secretary Kempthorne’s address will highlight the National Park Centennial Initiative, a decade long initiative to strengthen and enhance our National Parks in preparation for the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016.
The Centennial Initiative, first announced by Kempthorne last August at Yellowstone National Park, is a key component of President Bush’s 2008 proposed budget, which included the largest budget ever proposed for park operations and programs benefiting parks. The Centennial Initiative calls for $1 billion over 10 years to strengthen basic park operations, and a challenge from President Bush: create a public-private funding vehicle of up to $2 billion for new projects and programs with the goal of a $100 million public-private match each year for 10 years. Secretary Kempthorne announced the first round of eligible projects and programs in August of 2007.
For more information on the NPCA Gala, please contact Shannon Andrea with NPCA at (202) 365-5912.
|Who:||Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne|
|What:||Keynote Address to the National Parks Conservation Association Gala|
|When:||Thursday, October 25, 2007
|Where:||The Allen Room
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street
New York, NY
|Media:||For more information on the NPCA Gala, please contact Shannon Andrea with NPCA at (202) 365-5912.|