|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||June 4, 2001|
|Contact:||Andrea Keller, National Parks Conservation Association, 202-454-3332|
Nomination of Fran Mainella as National Park Service Director
Among the first tests of her abilities and of her commitment to protecting the essential resources of national parks will be her support for bans on snowmobile and Jet Ski use in the national parks and for regulation of off-road vehicles in Big Cypress National Preserve, decisions on which the Bush Administration may be wavering. She also must be ready to continue the Park Service's role as a strong advocate for restoring the Everglades' natural system.
Last week, the National Parks Conservation Association issued a report card giving the Bush Administration a "D" grade for its national parks program. We want to work with Fran Mainella to raise that grade to an "A" and hope she proves to be the person who can do it.