Good News: Increased Funds for National Parks

National Park Service logoThis type of story doesn’t seem to come around very often so I am glad to highlight Thursday’s announcement by the National Park Service. According to the San Francisco Chronicle,

… officials hope to invest $1 billion by the Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016. Under the plan, national parks in California would get $54 million in the 2008 fiscal year, including $45 million for some Northern California parks: the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore, Redwood National Park, Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Lava Beds National Monument.

Specifically for the Point Reyes area, the Marin Independent Journal reports two projects on the list:

  • an ocean education program which could receive $180,000, where the goal is to “educate the public about the ocean as a resource. This would be accomplished over two years through designing and distributing publications, creating a lecture series on various aspects of ocean resources and designing and fabricating three mobile interpretive displays that would travel to schools and public buildings. A staffer would be hired to coordinate the efforts.”

  • $100,000 to “provide improvements to the trail at Abbotts Lagoon that would reduce impacts to wetlands and the endangered Sonoma alopecurus habitat, a federally endangered plant. The improvements would include a boardwalk.”

The improvements will be funded by both the government and private donations.