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National Park Lines September 06, 2005 5:11 PM

IN THIS ISSUE:

1. Policy Rewrite Could Devastate Park Resources
2. Keep Our Parks Mercury-free - Urge Congress to Say NO to EPA Rule!
3. Hurricane Katrina Ravages People and Parks in the Gulf Region
4. Shop NPCA Online Today!
5. Thoughts For All Time

1. POLICY REWRITE COULD DEVASTATE PARK RESOURCES

An unwarranted decision to rewrite the management policies for the National Park System could turn our national parks from places of conservation, solace and beauty to places of reckless recreation, continual noise and polluted air, water, and land. Oppose the misguided management policies rewrite today!

TAKE ACTION > > http://www.npca.org/across_the_nation/rewrites/default.asp
The public is outraged over the proposed changes to the management policies, and it is imperative that we work to keep this issue in the forefront. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper today and share your outrage over this rewrite and urge public officials and others to denounce any changes to these policies!

2. KEEP OUR PARKS MERCURY FREE- URGE CONGRESS TO SAY NO TO EPA RULE!
Sometime in the next week, Congress is expected to vote on the bi-partisan Mercury Rule Resolution of Disapproval, which would authorize Congress to reject the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) dangerous mercury ruling. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that harms wildlife and humans, especially developing fetuses and children.

TAKE ACTION>> http://www.npca.org/ActionCenter/ActionAlertDetail.aspx?apid=362
By voting in favor of this resolution, elected officials can show their commitment to cleaning up mercury pollution in our lakes, streams and parks. Please call or write your Senators today and urge them to vote for the Mercury Resolution of Disapproval!

3. HURRICANE KATRINA RAVAGES PEOPLE AND PARKS IN THE GULF REGION
As we prepare for the next issue of Park Lines, it is still too early to assess the terrible toll Hurricane Katrina has taken on the people of the Gulf region. Our thoughts are with all of those who have suffered from this disaster. In addition to the terrible suffering brought to bear on the people in the region, emerging evidence suggests that our national parks and cultural resources have also sustained damage from the storm.

The National Park Service (NPS) has dispatched an emergency team to New Orleans to survey the damage. The team includes curators, archeologists and historians trained in both preservation and outdoor survival skills. They will begin to stabilize artifacts, books, papers, instruments and other items that make up the history of New Orleans. The biggest threat to the artifacts is mold. The team will stabilize as much as they can in the field and remove the artifacts to safer locations.

To find out more about the NPS emergency team’s mission and the impact of natural disasters on America’s national parks click the links below for more information.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/31/AR2005083102455.html

http://www.npca.org/across_the_nation/ten_most_endangered/2005/reason6.asp

4. SHOP NPCA ONLINE TODAY!
Ready to hit the trails in search of some autumn adventures? Make sure you’ve got everything you need to make the most of your park explorations by visiting NPCA’s online store at http://shop.npca.org!You’ll find everything you need from camping gear and binoculars to backyard bird feeders and books for park enthusiasts of any age. And remember, every purchase supports NPCA’s work for the national parks.

5. THOUGHTS FOR ALL TIME
“Our duty to the whole, including to the unborn generations, bids us to restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wildlife and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose and method.” Theodore Roosevelt, 1916


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