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[ft-l] Special Alert: Bush Administration Failing National Parks

i wish this kind of propaganda could be kept of this site
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kent Wimmer" <kwimmer@fs.fed.us>
To: <ft-l@mailman.backcountry.net>
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2003 12:49 PM
Subject: [ft-l] Special Alert: Bush Administration Failing National Parks

> FYI.  Deborah Stewart-Kent, Executive Director of the Florida Trail
> Association asked that I forward to you this Parklines alert from the
> National Parks Conservation Association .
> Kent
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Parklines
> To: Floyd & Linda Ayers
> Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 2:34 PM
> Subject: Special Alert: Bush Administration Failing National Parks
>  NPCA today released a report card that highlights the Bush
> administration's failure to protect our national parks. As a key park
> advocate we need your help to stop the administration's actions that are
> having a devastating effect on the parks.
>  NPCA's detailed assessment illustrates the administration's pervasive
> pattern of damaging national park policies over the past two and a half
> years, including:
>  a.. The decision to roll back the Clean Air Act, which threatens visitor
> enjoyment of national parks as well as their health and harms the plants
> and animals that live in these special places.
>  b.. A top-down mandate to privatize up to 70 percent of all positions in
> the already understaffed National Park Service which will undermine park
> protection, the experience of park visitors, and efforts to diversify the
> Park Service workforce.
>  c.. A failure to fullfill the administration's promise to eliminate the
> maintenance and construction backlog. In addition, the administration has
> not yet adequately addressed insufficient park operating budgets, which
> lead to the maintenance backlog and the failure to address insufficient
> park operating budgets.
>  d.. The use of the provision in the antiquated 1866 Mining Law, Revised
> Statute 2477, to encourage county and state governments to claim
> from wheelbarrow ruts and stream beds as roads and pave our national
>  The president and the Secretary of the Interior are charged with
> protecting our National Park System. This administration has not met its
> commitment and in fact has pushed through policies that threaten nearly
> every facet of park protection.
>  We need your voice, your passion, and your time. The only way to protect
> our national parks is to work together to ensure that decisions made by
> Congress and the administration protect our parks. Millions of Americans
> cherish our national parks but they need your help. Only if you take
> will parks receive the protection needed so that future generations can
> still enjoy hiking to the top of Mount Rainier, exploring the cliff
> dwellings of Mesa Verde, and stepping back into history at Gettysburg.
>  There are many ways you can help. Send a letter to your representative
> senators, letting them know that they cannot stand by and let our national
> parks become irrevocably damaged.
>  In addition, you can:
>  Getting other people involved is critical. We have over 32,000 activists
> but if everyone who received this email sent it to just 10 people we could
> reach 320,000!
>  We have drafted a sample letter to the editor on our letter to the editor
> page that you can tailor and send to papers in your own area. This reaches
> out to more members of your community and can help get the media involved
> in covering the story and raise awareness with members of Congress and the
> administration.
>  You can bring the park protection message to your friends and community
> members by organizing a get together, or utilizing an existing way folks
> come together such as a Kiwanis or Rotary Club or church group, you can
> share your concerns for and commitment to our national parks and at the
> same time get them to write letters to decision-makers urging their
> leadership to protect the parks.
>  Your tax deductible donation will help us to continue the fight to
> our national parks and you will receive our National Parks magazine that
> will help bring the parks right to your door.
>  Over the years, park advocates have been the key to protecting our
> national parks and we need your help now more than ever. Thank you for
> dedication and commitment to our national parks.
>  Visit us online at www.npca.org
> Kent L. Wimmer, AICP
> Florida National Scenic Trail Liaison
> Florida Trail Association, Inc.
> kwimmer@fs.fed.us
> (850) 523-8576 (w)
> (850) 523-8578 (fax)
> (850) 386-8442 (h)
> Mailing address:
> USDA Forest Service
> National Forests in Florida
> 325 John Knox Rd, F-100
> Tallahassee, FL 32303-4160
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