Cesar Chavez Special Resource Study
The National Park Service has been directed by Congress to conduct a "special resource study" of sites that are significant to the life of Cesar E. Chavez and the farm labor movement in the western United States.
Cesar Chavez is recognized as the most important U.S. Latino leader of the twentieth century. During the 1960s, Chavez led a movement of thousands of farmworker families and their supporters as they created the nation's first permanent agricultural labor union. As president, Chavez steered that union to a series of unprecedented victories, including contracts that cover more than 100,000 farmworkers, raised wages, funded health care and pension plans, mandated the provision of drinking water and restroom facilities in the fields, regulated the use of pesticides in the fields, and established a fund for community service projects. Chavez's advocacy helped secure the passage of the first law in the U.S. that specifically recognized farmworkers' rights to organize unions and engage in collective bargaining. The inspirational aspects of Chavez's legacy are evident in the countless schools, community centers, parks and streets named after him, as well as in the younger generations of labor leaders, political and social leaders and community organizers who continue to revitalize grassroots democracy in twenty-first century America.
It is with great pleasure that the National Park Service offers to you for review and comment the Draft Cesar Chavez Special Resoource Study and Environmental Assessment. The draft study report is available for public review through November 14, 2011. We welcome your comments thorugh e-mail, our website, mail (please note our new mailing address), or at one of our public meetings if you are able to attend.
We are particularly interested in your thoughts about the alternative management concepts that we have presented. Your comments will assist the NPS in revising and finalizing this report, and in determining which alternative to recommend as the most effective and efficient approach to protect significant resources and provide for visitor enjoyment.
Thank you for your continued involvement in this study, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Chief Planning and Compliance
Pacific West Regional Office