The hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. in Room SD-366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.
The purpose of the hearing is to examine the current state of the National Park System, including the impacts of COVID-19 on National Park Service operations, staff, visitation and facilities.
Members of the committee may participate in person or online. The committee will follow guidelines developed in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician and the Senate Rules Committee to protect the health of members, staff, and the public. This includes maintaining six-foot social distance spacing in the hearing room. Pursuant to this guidance, Senate office buildings are not open to the public other than official business visitors and credentialed press at this time. Accordingly, in-person visitors cannot be accommodated at this hearing.
The hearing will be webcast live on the committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing is complete. Witness testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.
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Witness Panel 1
Mr. Shawn BengeDeputy Director, OperationsNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Mr. Ken BurnsFilmmaker
Mr. David MacDonaldPresident & CEOFriends of Acadia
Mr. Scott SochaChairmanNational Park Hospitality Association