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Washington, D.C. - The National Park Trust (NPT), America's only charity authorized by Congress to own and operate a unit of the national park system, called upon Congress to draft legislation that would create a September 11 memorial that meets the highest standards.
"Given the magnitude of the loss of life and sacrifices by people involved in the events of September 11, this memorial deserves careful study to ensure it meets the very highest standards meriting a unit of the national park system," said Paul C. Pritchard, President of the National Park Trust.
The National Park System has a set of clearly defined standards for establishing national memorials. Those standards deal with the significance, suitability, feasibility and management alternatives of a memorial.
"It is imperative we utilize that system of criteria to ensure future generations that we have properly recognized and honored the people and events of September 11," added Pritchard. "We all have a role in this public decision. The NPT's role will be to assure the American people that this public process is not abused by partisan or commercial influences."
The National Park Trust is the only land conservancy uniquely dedicated to preserving American's national system of parks, wildlife refuges, and historical monuments. More information about the National Park Trust and the September 11 Memorial initiative can be found at www.parktrust.org.
Robin E. Pritchard
Public Affairs, NPT
Since 1983, NPT has supported and assisted in acquiring inholdings and in developing public and private partnerships to promote the acquisition and preservation of parks, wildlife refuges, historic landmarks, public lands, and water ways. We have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. To learn more about about our work and how you can get involved, contact Dick Ring, NPT Park Projects Director.
Buddy Bison School Program: Because Kids Need Parks and Parks Need Kids
The Buddy Bison school program was created in 2009 to engage diverse children from Title I schools with their local, state and national parks to teach environmental education and the numerous benefits of outdoor recreation. If parks are to survive, the face of those parks must change and under-served communities must have access to these local cultural and environmental resources. More than 80% of the students in the Buddy Bison school program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, predominantly in inner city communities. This program has been used in 60 schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th in public, public charter and private schools across the country (20 states and Washington D.C.).
This experiential learning program enhances existing school curricula throughout the year with emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks-- and the importance of stewarding our public lands. And in addition to bringing kids to parks, we bring parks to kids by arranging schools visits from our many conservation partners.
To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Billy Schrack, NPT Education Director.
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