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Cape Lookout National Seashore Threatened by New Rules February 08, 2006 4:27 PM

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Cape Lookout National Seashore Threatened by New Rules

The barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore were formed by the erosive action of Atlantic storms and shifting sands, creating a dynamic and unique ecosystem along the North Carolina coast. While the nature of these islands is constant change, the agency charged with protecting them has been, for decades, unwavering in its mission of preservation.

But another erosive action now threatens the fundamental principles of preservation under which the National Park Service has long operated. Led by Paul Hoffman, a political appointee and former aide to Dick Cheney, the Interior Department has ordered a top-down rewrite of the National Park Service management policies, a guiding document determining how the Park Service undertakes environmental protection.

This radical re-tooling of key protection policies must be stopped. Current management policies place a premium on protecting our parks, and still provide outstanding recreational opportunities for American families.

STOP THE RE-WRITE!

ACT NOW and tell the Department of Interior to leave the current policies intact!

The principles behind the management policies re-write are already in evidence at Cape Lookout, where Hoffman has proposed allowing jetskis back into the seashore. The new rule would create ten access areas for jetskis, despite National Park Service studies that show that the craft impact air and water quality, natural sound, and wildlife, and even threaten visitor safety.

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In an effort to make national parks more accessible to motorized recreation and other detrimental activities, the proposed changes would no longer make preservation the primary mission of the national parks. This rewrite would change the basic focus of the National Park Service and impact both the agency and the lands it protects for years to come.

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 February 08, 2006 4:29 PM

 

This radical re-tooling of key protection policies must be stopped. Current management policies place a premium on protecting our parks, and still provide outstanding recreational opportunities for American families.

STOP THE RE-WRITE!

ACT NOW and tell the Department of Interior to leave the current policies intact!

The principles behind the management policies re-write are already in evidence at Cape Lookout, where Hoffman has proposed allowing jetskis back into the seashore. The new rule would create ten access areas for jetskis, despite National Park Service studies that show that the craft impact air and water quality, natural sound, and wildlife, and even threaten visitor safety.

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