|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||October 24, 2008|
|Contact:||Mike Bento, P: 202.320.3174, Mike@SakonnetGroup.com|
National Parks Commission Meets at Lowell National Historical Park and Essex National Heritage Area
Blue Ribbon Commission to Chart the Future of America's National Parks
Washington, D.C. – October 24, 2008 - The second meeting of the National Parks Second Century Commission will be held in Lowell, Mass., on October 27 and 28. Commission members will tour the Lowell National Historical Park and the Essex National Heritage Area, and discuss challenges and opportunities for America’s national parks.
“Lowell and Essex are excellent examples of new approaches to preserving history and telling the American story,” said Bennett Johnson, Commission Co-Chair. “They are also great examples of the role a national park can play in revitalizing a community, and we’re anxious to explore that as well.”
Chaired by former Senators Howard H. Baker, Jr. (R-TN) and J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. (D-LA) the National Parks Second Century Commission is a first-in-a-generation effort to examine national parks today, and chart a vision for their future. The volunteer Commission is made up of close to 30 national leaders, experts, and thinkers drawn from a broad range of backgrounds, including scientists, historians, conservationists, academics, business leaders, policy experts, and retired National Park Service executives.
“As Lowell National Historical Park celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is a great honor to have the Commission come and experience the transformation that Lowell has seen as a result of National Park leadership and strong collaborations that have been forged at all levels of government and the private sector," said Michael Creasey, Superintendent of Lowell National Historical Park.
The first meeting of the National Parks Second Century Commission took take place at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California in August. By June of next year, the Commission will hold additional meetings at Yellowstone National Park in Montana and Wyoming, Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania; and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina. The Commission will hear from a range of subject matter experts, park managers, and the general public about their ideas and vision for the second century of the National Park Service and National Park System, culminating in a report with recommendations for Congress and the public in the fall of 2009.
The Commission is being convened by the non-profit, non-partisan, National Parks Conservation Association, the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System.
For a full list of the Commission members, click here.