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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND RELATED
AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1971
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SUBCOMMITTEE ON DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND RELATED AGENCIES
JULIA BUTLER HANSEN, Washington, Chairman MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio
BEN REIFEL, South Dakota JOHN O. MARSH, JR., Virginia
JOSEPH M. McDADE, Pennsylvania JOHN J. FLYNT, JR., Georgia
WENDELL WYATT, Oregon DAVID R. OBEY, Wisconsin 1
GEORGE E. Evans, Staf Assistant
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio
HON, Texas, Chairman
GEORGE B. HARTZOG, JR., DIRECTOR
CAPITAL PARKS GEORGE A. GOWANS, CHIEF, DIVISION OF PROGRAM PLANNING JOHN A. RUTTER, DIRECTOR, NORTHWEST REGION, SEATTLE,
WASH. FRED C. FAGERGREN, DIRECTOR, MIDWEST REGION, OMAHA, NEBR. DR. LESLIE L. GLASGOW, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR FISH AND
WILDLIFE, PARKS AND MARINE RESOURCES RICHARD R. HITE, DIRECTOR OF BUDGET, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
Mrs. HANSEN. The committee will come to order. This afternoon we will hear the National Park Service. We are pleased to welcome back our old friend George Hartzog, the Director, as the principal witness.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF THE DIRECTOR Mr. Hartzog, will you insert your general statement in the record and summarize it for us. Mr. HARTZOG. Thank you, Madam Chairman. (Prepared statement follows:)
STATEMENT OF GEORGE B. HARTZOG, JR., DIRECTOR, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE,
I am pleased to appear before you again to report on our management of the National Park System and to review with you our plans, programs, and fund requirements for the forthcoming year.
At the outset, let me express my deep appreciation for your constructive participation as our partners in presenting America's natural and cultural heritage and in preserving it for the benefit and enjoyment of our posterity. Your strong support, interest, and enthusiasm mean much to each of us in the National Park Service in our efforts to manage the National Park System. Without your helpful suggestions, guidance and confidence we simply could not have acco lished that which has been achieved.
It is a pleasure, also, to appear before the newly appointed Member of the Subcommittee, Representative Obey.
We stand ready to serve you in every way we can, and we look forward with pleasure to working with each of you in this second session of the 91st Congress.
The National Park System, An Old Program
A New Relevancy
The National Park System is a living legacy linking generation to generation and century to century.
From 1872--when Yellowstone National Park was established--to 1906 the purpose of the National Park System was the preservation of large areas of scenic grandeur as public parks for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.
The Congress broadened the concept and purpose of the National Park System in 1906, when, largely in response to the depredations on the Indian ruins of the Southwest, it authorized the President, by Proclamation, to establish national monuments on lands owned or controlled by the United States to preserve historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other areas of historic or scientific interest.
In the midthirties the Congress again broadened the concept and purpose of the National Park System:
First, the act of March 3, 1933, providing for reorganization within the Executive Branch, resulted in an Executive Order transferring to the Department of the Interior for administration by the National Park Service the national memorials and parks of our Nation's Capital, many national monuments, and historical and military parks administered by other Federal agencies.
Second, in the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935, the Congress enunciated a national policy, charging the Secretary of the Interior