A regional director for a national nonprofit organization will discuss national parks and a proposedÂ Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which could include Oak Ridge, during a Tuesday meeting.
Don Barger, senior regional director for the Southeast Regional Office of the National Parks Conservation Association, will be the guest speaker at Lunch with League at noon Tuesday.
“In his presentation, Mr. Barger will discuss the state of the national parks, political and financial ramifications, the status of the Manhattan Project Historical Park, and issues facing the national park system,” a press release said.
TheÂ Manhattan Project National Historical Park wouldÂ recognize sites in Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, N.M., and Hanford, Wash. The Manhattan Project was a top-secret federal program to build the worldâ€™s first atomic weapons during World War II.
A majority of U.S. House members voted for a bill in September to set up the park, but the 237-180 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass the legislation under special rules. Still, supporters wereÂ optimistic then that it could still be approved.
A press release said the National Parks Conservation AssociationÂ isÂ a nonprofit advocacy organization that has grown to represent more than 750,000 members and supporters through its Washington, D.C., headquarters and 24 regional and field offices, all working to “protect and enhance America’s national park system for present and future generations.”
Lunch with the League is at noon TuesdayÂ in the Social Hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
It’s co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, and it is open to the public. There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not needed. Box lunches will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis for $7, or you may bring your own. Coffee and tea are provided.
For more information, visit lwvoakridge.org.