Sep 09 2011
Contact: Kevin Hall – (202) 224-2023
United States Senate
For Immediate Release:
“Shenandoah National Park is one of the Commonwealth’s most significant tourist attractions, providing economic benefits to communities across the Valley,” said Senator Webb. “As a longtime supporter of natural and cultural landmarks, I will continue to work to preserve the Park for future generations to enjoy.”
“The Shenandoah National Park provides outstanding recreation and tourism opportunities, and it has served as a real economic driver for the Blue Ridge region,” Senator Warner said. “Virginia is fortunate to have a world-class destination like the Shenandoah National Park, and I hope this Resolution helps increase interest in maintaining and enhancing this resource.”
In the 1920s, the congressionally appointed Southern Appalachian National Park Committee recommended that Congress authorize the establishment of a national park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia for the purposes of uniting the western national park experience to the populated eastern seaboard. Today, Shenandoah National Park attracts nearly 2 million visitors a year and is home to numerous historical landmarks, including ten Civil War battlefields.
Full text of the resolution is below: