Stop the stealth attack on our National Parks!
The Bush administration has launched yet another stealth attack on America's most treasured wild places - our National Parks.
Their plan would dramatically reduce protections for our parks, which could lead to increased off-road vehicle use, additional commercialization, smog and other forms of degradation.
These changes could erode the look and feel of places like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon. We only have until February 18 to weigh in on this outrageous proposal.
Take action today by signing The Wilderness Society's petition to Interior Secretary Gale Norton. Be sure to include a personal statement about why our National Parks matter to you - your own thoughts will make your comment much stronger!
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Dear Secretary Norton,
As a person who treasures and visits our national park system to enjoy its beauty and history, I am strongly opposed to the effort now underway to drastically change the policies that protect our national parks.
The Interior Department has offered no credible reason for the drastic revisions now under consideration and I believe that is because no practical need exists.
These sweeping changes will abandon the long-standing pledge of our government to its citizens that the units of our national park system will be managed in such a way as to preserve them unimpaired for future generations. In fact, that bedrock promise, from which all else ought to flow, is replaced with proposed revisions that will allow for development and commercialization.
Under these new policies, park managers are encouraged to allow activities that directly conflict with the mission and long time management of the park service.
I urge you to abandon this ill-advised proposal. We love our parks. And over the years we have been justifiably confident that our parks will endure, even as politics shift, even as administrations come and go. Please do not be the first Interior Secretary ever to betray that promise.