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NPS announces first round of centennial projects
Author: teddygirl | Wednesday June 11, 2008

The following is from the National Parks Conservation Association, an organization is protecting parks for future generations.

On April 24, 2008, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced 110 national park improvement projects and programs set to begin this spring as part of the National Park Centennial Initiative. The Initiative, announced in 2006, proposed a federal Centennial Challenge that would match federal funds with philanthropic contributions to improve our national parks in time for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.

National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomar noted that this is a good start and that "Congress continues its work on legislation to create the President's National Park Centennial Challenge Matching Fund, an annual fund to match up to $100 million a year of donations through our centennial in 2016." NPCA has been working on Capitol Hill to create support for this legislation. Passage of the new bill will ensure additional funding for other worthy projects to make our national parks ready for their next century.

For a complete list of National Park Service Centennial Challenge Projects and Programs for 2008, visit www.nps.gov/2016.

For more information, visit National Parks Conservation Associations website.

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