||THE PRESIDIO - A NATIONAL TREASURE|
|More than two hundred
years ago, the Presidio was established to guard the Golden Gate.
In the middle of this century, this historic army base was scheduled to
be closed as a military post. Thanks to legislation sponsored in
1972 by Congressman Phillip Burton, the National Park Service has taken
over the operation of the Presidio as a National Park in October 1994.
|This Park, a city within a
city, includes over 1400 acres of historic buildings and natural scenic
values. The dream of conservationists is that this park will
become a historic environment information center, a historic reservation,
and a conference center used by Pacific Rim countries. Ways must
be found to generate income to cover the tremendous costs to operate,
maintain, and administer this new National Park.
Pelosi of San Francisco has introduced a Bill in the House of
Representatives - HR 3433 - which would provide for a public benefit
corporation to manage the buildings, and to generate funds for the
operation of the park. The National Park Service would continue
to control the Presidio's open spacer - more than half of the total
|This bill has the support
of more than thirty organization ranging from the Sierra Club to the
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. It is important for all conservationists to unite in
support of the Pelosi Bill.
|The Federation of
Outdoor Clubs strongly supports this resolution, and recommends that
all Members and Member Clubs convey their support for HR 3433 to their
respective federal legislators.
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