President Visits Shenandoah National Park

February 7, 2007

The President's plan, the National Parks Centennial Initiative, looks to generate up to three billion dollars over ten years using public and private money.

The build up leads to the National Park Service's 100th birthday in 2016. The President urged citizens' groups to "beat a hasty trail to the Congress."

President Bush's budget for 2008 would give the National Park Service the most money it's ever gotten.

In order to generate private donations, Bush called for 100 million dollars in federal money to match citizens' donations.

Critics of the initiative say that the plan reflects too much reliance on private donations to pay for park operations, but environmental groups applauded Bush's proposed budget plan.

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