February 22, 2002
Famous Communication Center Protected within the Point Reyes National Seashore
Private Citizen Land Trust Applauds AT&T and Senator Barbara Boxer
WASHINGTON, DC — The National Park Trust applauded American Telegraph & Telephone (AT&T) for their willingness to sell their communications center, located within the Point Reyes National Seashore, to the National Park Service.
"This land was critical to the park unit," said Paul C. Pritchard, President of the National Park Trust. "It is physically at the heart of the park and played an important role in America's history. Both of these factors meant that it was one of the most critical properties in the acquisition program of this park."
NPT learned that the property was obsolete, but was still owned by AT&T. Working with the National Park Service and California Senator Barbara Boxer, NPT was able to open the door of communication with AT&T that lead to the eventual sale.
"Senator Boxer has always been a champion of the parks. She played a critical role in moving the transfer along," said Pritchard.
The site is approximately 522 prime acres between the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and the Pacific Ocean covered by a series of wire devices, antenna, and a communications building. The National Park Service is in the process of taking down the antennas to prevent birds from flying into the support wires. The entire area is being photographed and documented for historical records.
An interpretive exhibit features AT&T's high seas radiotelephone station, which provides two-way communication between ships on the high seas or aircraft and telephones on land, sea or in the air. Point Reyes was considered the best receiving station of the West Coast. It was at this location that the word was first received on mainland USA that Pearl Harbor was under attack. Other important information was also processed at this center.
The National Park Trust is the only private land conservancy uniquely dedicated to preserving America's national system of parks, wildlife refuges, and historic monuments.
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National Park Trust (NPT)
Since 1983, NPT has supported and assisted in acquiring inholdings and in developing public and private partnerships to promote the acquisition and preservation of parks, wildlife refuges, historic landmarks, public lands, and water ways. We have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. To learn more about about our work and how you can get involved, contact Dick Ring, NPT Park Projects Director.
Buddy Bison School Program: Because Kids Need Parks and Parks Need Kids
The Buddy Bison school program was created in 2009 to engage diverse children from Title I schools with their local, state and national parks to teach environmental education and the numerous benefits of outdoor recreation. If parks are to survive, the face of those parks must change and under-served communities must have access to these local cultural and environmental resources. More than 80% of the students in the Buddy Bison school program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, predominantly in inner city communities. This program has been used in 60 schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th in public, public charter and private schools across the country (20 states and Washington D.C.).
This experiential learning program enhances existing school curricula throughout the year with emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks-- and the importance of stewarding our public lands. And in addition to bringing kids to parks, we bring parks to kids by arranging schools visits from our many conservation partners.
To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Billy Schrack, NPT Education Director.