Now that the National Park Service and the Department of Energy have reached a memorandum of agreement about what their respective responsibilities are for the management of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP), attention has turned to the logistics of getting the park up and running.
At last Tuesday’s meeting of Los Alamos’ MPNHP committee, Project Manager/Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson updated members on the efforts of various local and national working groups.
The National Park Service Foundation Working Group is the major player in the park’s creation. That group will delineate such things as the park’s purpose, its significance, its fundamental resources and values and the interpretive themes.
To help determine what those are, the FWG will be visiting all three sites (Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Hanford, Washington) in February. The group will be in Los Alamos Feb. 8-9, and hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 in Los Alamos County Council chambers.
To develop the planning document, the FWG will also meet with relevant experts on such things as history, natural resources, facilities, operations and maintenance, interpretation and education.