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National Park Lines September 20, 2005 5:45 PM

As you may be aware, a recent redlined copy of a rewrite of the National Park Service management policies has caused quite an uproar among park enthusiasts, Park Service employees, members of Congress and countless others. Paul Hoffman’s draft of the management policies could jeopardize our national parks for future generations.

NPCA is working closely with its allies to prevent an overhaul of the polices that protect our parks, and our activists have been working diligently to make their voices heard! More than 100 letters to the editor have been submitted in response to the rewrite, and many of you have also visited our management policies page <> to learn more about what these policies can do to our national parks. Let’s keep the momentum going. Although the Hoffman draft received overwhelming negative attention and will likely not be implemented, another draft version of the policies is imminent. NPCA is concerned that the provisions in the new draft will bear resemblance to the Hoffman draft.

Take action today! Write a letter to the editor of your local paper and help shed light on this important issue!

Stop EPA’S Attempt to Let Dirty Power Plants Pollute Our Parks!

Outdated power plants are the leading industrial source of smog and haze pollution in our national parks. A provision in the Clean Air Act requires that outdated plants install modern emissions controls before changes to the facility begin in an effort to curb high emissions. Now the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to change the rules so outdated power plants can modernize, run longer, pollute more, but never have to install modern pollution controls. Take action to stop EPA from giving big utilities a license to pollute!

TAKE ACTION >> Write the EPA Now!

EPA must not approve changes to clean air laws and give outdated power plants a license to increase pollution that harms America’s national parks. Urge EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson to reject changes to clean air laws that would allow outdated power plants to shirk their obligation to clean up dirty emissions!

Speak up for Healthy Bison and Elk Populations in Grand Teton and Yellowstone Parks

Serious threats of disease are facing the magnificent bison and elk herds that roam in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Feed grounds used to supplement forage in the winter bring bison and elk too close together and put herds at risk for outbreaks of diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which can force managers to wipe out entire infected herds. Federal Land managers are proposing changes in the management of bison and elk in these areas and, with your help, we can secure a healthy future for these majestic animals.

An improved Alternative 6 of the bison and elk management plan will help restore habitat, disperse elk and bison populations and phase out artificial feeding. Contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and tell them you support an improved Alternative 6 for bison and elk management!

TAKE ACTION >> Speak on Bison & Elk Management

New Features in the Take Action Center

Last month, NPCA launched some new features in the Take Action Center. For example, each activist now has a personal action center, where you can update contact and password information, see what items you’ve taken action on, and see your Congressional delegation. When you log in to the personal action center, please be sure to check the “remember me” box underneath the login and you won’t have to sign in every time you take action. Some of you experienced some difficulties with our initial launch of the Take Action Center, and we appreciate your patience as we continue to work to resolve any outstanding issues. We hope you like the new features, and if you have suggestions as to how we can continue to improve our Take Action site, please feel free to e-mail Dionna Humphrey (, Associate Director of Advocacy and share your comments and concerns.

And don’t forget to add NPCA to your address book! If you don’t, you may not receive every edition of our activist newsletter, Park Lines, and you might miss out on the ability to take action on the issues you care about.

Updates: Senate Signals Disapproval of Mercury Rule & Irresponsible Development in New River Gorge Gets the Go-Ahead

On Tuesday September 13, Congress took up the Congressional Review Act on the mercury rule. While the bill did not pass, an overwhelming 47 Senators voted to reject the EPA mercury rule! This is a clear signal that many Senators are not happy with the rule--should Congress make an attempt to reintroduce Clear Skies legislation they will have a fight on their hands. Hundreds of you made calls and wrote your Senators, urging them to reject this rule, and your success is reflected in the vote tally. Thank you for y  [ send green star]
 September 20, 2005 5:46 PM

your dedication to clean air in our national parks!
Despite outcry from citizens and activists throughout Fayette County and around the country, the Fayette County Commission granted Land Resources Company their rezoning request and certified an annexation request that will allow a second development along the New River Gorge (WV) to proceed. Thank you to everyone who sent in their letters urging the commission to protect one of the oldest rivers in the continent. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on this and other issues as they come up.

Thoughts for all Time

“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred”.

- Theodore Roosevelt, Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter, 1905

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