Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 2016 passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
“America has so many beautiful natural wonders that have been protected through the work of the National Park Service,” Senator Kean said. “From coast to coast, you can visit countless parks that have been set aside for us, as well as for future generations.”
In New Jersey, the National Park Service oversees three national historical parks – Morristown, Paterson Great Falls and Thomas Edison; two national recreations areas – Delaware Water Gap and Gateway-Sandy Hook Unit; two national trails – Appalachian and Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route; one national monument – Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island; five wild and scenic rivers – Great Egg Harbor, Middle Delaware, Lower Delaware, Maurice and Musconetcong; one national heritage area – Crossroads of the American Revolution; and the nation’s only national reserve – the New Jersey Pinelands.
“These places have been preserved because of their historic or environmental significance and so they could be enjoyed by anyone,” Senator Kean said. “So on Aug. 25, visit one of these places to celebrate the National Park Service and the beauty of our great state.”
The National Park Service has helped preserve more than 400 sites covering more than 84 million acres of land in every state, as well as Washington D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In addition to national parks, they oversee sites like battlefields, monuments and recreation areas.