|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||July 19, 2001|
|Contact:||Andrea Keller, National Parks Conservation Association, 202-454-3332|
Administration Intends to Sacrifice Arctic Refuge to Fund National Parks
"The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has been leading the charge to increase funding for national parks. NPCA has worked with the National Park Service through its Business Plan Initiative to put national parks on a sound financial footing. NPCA also has developed a program to win stronger funding for national park upkeep and protection. But we do not support any plan that involves diminishing the public's pristine wild lands, like the Arctic refuge, in order to fund parks.
"The idea of molesting the Arctic refuge to fund protection of national parks and other public lands is a cynical ploy advanced by the Administration to split the environmental community, but we aren't falling for it. If the Bush Administration persists in this approach to park protection, the "D" grade we recently gave the Administration for its national parks policies will slip even lower."