Southern Oregon will see $388,000 of $750 million for park stimulus

Southern Oregon will claim a tiny share of $750 million in stimulus money to restore and repair national parks nationwide.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the projects today. They include $55.8 million for the National Mall, even though money for mall renovations was removed during congressional debate on the stimulus package this winter.

About $30 million will go to fix the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, $18 million to repair a Jefferson Memorial sea wall and $7.3 million to restore the District of Columbia War Memorial.

In Southern Oregon, Crater Lake National Park is due to receive $367,000 for heating and cooling and fire protection systems. Oregon Caves is due to receive $21,000 to rehabilitate trails. Projects at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park and the John Day Fossil Beds bring Oregon's total to just more than $1 million.

Other projects announced today include $26 million to repair buildings and a seawall at New York's Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants first entered the country; $5 million to refurbish Philadelphia's Independence Hall; $13.1 million to demolish and replace condemned portions of the Quarry Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah; and $54.7 million for dam removal and other projects at Olympic National Park in Washington state.

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— The Associated Press

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