by Kass Hardy, Glacier '03 & '04, Yosemite '06
This letter is intended to raise awareness and to encourage YOU to be a part of the future of OUR National Parks.
The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016. What a great opportunity we have to rejuvenate and reenergize the service. Many of you know that President Bush has proposed a few good things for the NPS, in light of this celebration.
Most recently he has:
This is all very exciting. If we can get our act together in time to influence the NPS and Washington with what to do with the $.
With that said, over the next few weeks there will be National Park Service Listening Sessions held throughout the United States. Each session will be tasked at gathering information from the public. The Initiative is posing three questions:
I would encourage everyone to make their comments strong statements: The National Park Service should..., We need more safe, clean trails/facilities in ____ National Park, I would like to see x more picnicking areas in _____ National Park, ____ National Park is over populated- I would like to see a strict (wilderness like) limit in the backcountry, etc.
I highly encourage you to attend the Listening Session in your region. However, if you can not make it, there is another way you can participate. The National Park Service has a system called PEPC, Planning, Environment, and Public Comment. It is very easy to use- and quite convenient. [http://parkplanning.nps.gov]
Check out this NPS site to get more details! [www.nps.gov/2016]Â You can get to PEPC through this site, too.Â In fact, it is MUCH easier to comment on this planning effort through this site)
Steps to commenting:
Comments MUST be in before April 2, 2007.
Rock On and Comment Away!