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The People Behind the Plan
Written by Scott Silver   
Wednesday, 07 February 2007

Today, President Bush diverted attention from his failed Presidency to promote his deceptive National Parks Centennial Initiatve. It is a plan conceived in partnership with and largely for the benefit of, the travel/tourism industry. It is a program intended to yield to the private sector great say in how, and for what purposes, America's National Parks are managed.
Pasted below is the Whitehouse's propaganda backgrounder issued moments ago.
In recent days I've brought together on this website a very different and far more revealing backgrounder.  I would pit my backgrounder against the President's,  any day of the week.
That said, there is value in the Whitehouse's version, deceptive as it may be. Have a good close look at the names of those of the roundtable with whom the President discussed the fate of America's National Parks System this morning. Cross reference those names on the Wild Wilderness website and the threat posed to our Crown Jewels should become quite obvious. 



Office of the Press Secretary
( Luray, Virginia)

For Immediate Release                           February 7, 2007

 Event Backgrounder:
The President and Mrs. Bush participate in a Roundtable
on the National Parks Centennial Initiative


The President's 2008 Budget launches the National Parks Centennial Initiative as part of the largest National Parks operations budget in history and includes the largest ever increase for park operations.  The Initiative provides for the potential of up to a $3 billion infusion of new funds over the next ten years on top of appropriations for normal operations. 

In honor of the 90th anniversary of the Park Service last August, the President issued a memorandum directing Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to provide recommendations by May 31, 2007, for preparing the National Parks System for ďanother century of conservation.Ē  During the ten-year run-up to the National Parks Centennial, the Interior Department aims to leverage increased government investment with private philanthropy to pay for some high-profile, nationally recognized renewals and expansions that will ensure that the parks achieve new levels of excellence in the new century.    

The record funding increase for 2008 includes the first $100 million of a ten-year, $1 billion Centennial Initiative Commitment to improved operations.  National parks will use these funds to hire 3,000 more seasonal rangers, maintain buildings, improve natural landscapes, encourage volunteers, and enroll more children in the Junior Ranger program.   

The FY08 Budget also includes a "Centennial Challenge" to individuals, foundations, and the private sector, to contribute at least $100 million per year Ė $1 billion over ten years.  The Federal government will match these contributions dollar for dollar up to $100 million per year in mandatory funds.  This match is intended to unite the public and private sector behind a common vision of leveraging philanthropic investment for the benefit of our national parks and their visitors for future generations.  The Centennial Challenge alone could result in up to $2 billion in funding for our national parks over the next ten years to fund the signature projects and goals set forth by Secretary Kempthorne in the May report.    


Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, Department of Interior

Mary Bomar, Director, National Park Service
Mary Bomar became the 17th Director of the National Park Service on October 17, 2006.  She is responsible for 390 sites and leads a team of 20,000 employees and 140,000 volunteers in preserving Americaís special places for enjoyment of current and future visitors.  Bomar has held varied leadership positions and joined the National Park Service (NPS) in 1990 after spending over 12 years with the United States Air Force.   

Vin Cipolla, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Park Foundation
Vin Cipolla is the President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, the Congressionally chartered philanthropic partner of Americaís National Parks.  Mr. Cipolla served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA), for nine years, where he spearheaded the development of the museumís new $51 million facility.  Before his appointment to the National Park Foundation, Mr. Cipolla was President and CEO of Veritude, the employer services and workforce management company of Fidelity Investments.  

Chas Cartwright, Superintendent, Shenandoah National Park
Chas Cartwright has served as the Superintendent of the Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Virginia, since 2005.  Prior to this posting, he served as the Superintendent of the Dinosaur National Monument in Dinosaur, Colorado, from 2001 to 2005.  During the 1990ís, Cartwright served as the Superintendent of five national parks.  Prior to his career in the National Park Service, Cartwright was an archaeologist.    

Fred Andreae, Trustee, Shenandoah National Park Trust and President, Scenic 340 Projects
Fred Andreae has been a Trustee on the National Park Trust since 2004, and is the President of Frederick Andreae Architects in Front Royal Virginia.  Andreae also serves as a National Trust for Historic Preservation representative on the Federal Advisory Commission for the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown, Virginia

Derrick Crandall, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Recreation Coalition
Derrick Crandall is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Recreation Coalition, a position he has held since 1981.  He is the Executive Vice President of The Recreation Roundtable and serves as Co-Chair of the National Recreation Lakes Coalition, the Scenic Byways Coalition and the Coalition for Recreational Trails as well as Treasurer of the American League of Anglers and Boaters.  He has served in leadership roles on numerous community and philanthropic organizations and presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Earth Conservation Corps and the executive committee of WOW-Wonderful Outdoor World. 

Gene Sykes, Chairman, Board of Trustees, National Parks Conservation Association
Gene Sykes is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Parks Conservation Association and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy of California.  He is a member of the Board of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and sits on the Advisory Council of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.  Gene is also a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Company.  He is Co-Chair of the firm's Global Mergers and Acquisitions business and chairman of Global Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Investment Banking. 


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