Presentation Title

West Virginia’s Park Ranger: A Look at Senator Robert C. Byrd’s Contribution to the National Parks System in West Virginia

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Robert C. Byrd, West Virginia, National Park Service, Appropriations Committee, economic impact, politics, funding

Biography

Sara Price-Fortney is a graduate student at Marshall University obtaining her Masters of Public Administration. Currently she is a program specialist for the Health Sciences and Technology Academy, an academic enrichment program for disadvantaged youth in the Kanawha Valley. Sara is also an active member of the Madison-Danville Jaycees in Boone County and has served in numerous leadership positions including president of the state Jaycees chapter. In her spare time, Sara enjoys traveling West Virginia, hiking, and teaching Zumba classes. She resides in South Charleston, WV with her husband Jon.

Major

Masters of Public Administration

Advisor for this project

Dr. C. Damien Arthur

Start Date

21-4-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

21-4-2017 4:15 PM

Abstract

This paper explores the significant contributions that Senator Robert C. Byrd had to the National Parks Service in West Virginia. A brief history of the Senator’s work is provided followed by an overview of the rise and development of national parks in the state during Byrd’s time in the Senate. Special attention is given to financial contributions made during Senator Byrd’s time on the federal Appropriations Committee and the resulting economic impact locally, regionally, and statewide. Finally, a comparison is sought to identify how appropriation changes have affected the National Parks Service in the state since Senator Byrd’s death in 2010.

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West Virginia’s Park Ranger: A Look at Senator Robert C. Byrd’s Contribution to the National Parks System in West Virginia

This paper explores the significant contributions that Senator Robert C. Byrd had to the National Parks Service in West Virginia. A brief history of the Senator’s work is provided followed by an overview of the rise and development of national parks in the state during Byrd’s time in the Senate. Special attention is given to financial contributions made during Senator Byrd’s time on the federal Appropriations Committee and the resulting economic impact locally, regionally, and statewide. Finally, a comparison is sought to identify how appropriation changes have affected the National Parks Service in the state since Senator Byrd’s death in 2010.