Administration's New Volunteer Program Helps Embattled National Parks

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   April 16, 2003
Contact:   Andrea Keller, 202-454-3332


Administration's New Volunteer Program Helps Embattled National Parks

Washington, D.C. - “The Department of Interior’s new volunteer initiative announced today is a good opportunity to engage more Americans in ‘restoring our public lands.’ The National Park Service in particular has a long and growing record of effectively employing volunteers in accomplishing important protection and interpretation activities in the national parks,” said National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) President Thomas Kiernan. “Unfortunately, the work of these new volunteers will far from compensate for the many destructive policies of this administration, most of which are damaging the national parks they are entrusted to protect.”

NPCA’s not-so tongue-in-cheek list of six potential activities for new national park volunteers:

1. Telling visitors what they can’t see from Skyline Drive at Shenandoah National Park because of smoggy haze worsened by the administration’s rollback of air quality protections.
2. Offering gas masks to cross country skiers in Yellowstone because of the administration’s insistence on allowing the continued use of polluting snowmobiles in the park.
3. Rescuing the eggs of endangered sea turtles from the path of heavy drilling rigs on the beaches of Padre Island National Seashore, because the administration is stepping up leasing of oil and gas rights both inside national parks and next to them.
4. Studying archaeological artifacts and monitoring the health of wildlife in place of park staff, because the administration’s new privatization scheme seeks to put park stewardship in the hands of the lowest bidder.
5. Repairing damage created by highways and other development constructed in the national parks under the administration’s new interpretation of the archaic law, RS 2477.
6. Leading tours in the parking lot of the proposed development outside of Fort Necessity National Battlefield, because the Park Service has insufficient funding available for full-time staff and land acquisition.

NPCA’s new National Parks Watch List calls attention to decisions by the Bush administration and Congress that may harm the health, integrity, and future of America’s National Park System, and outlines potential solutions.

Close

Want to learn more about the  ?

The   can be seen in the wild in America’s national parks. Why not join the National Parks Conservation Association community to protect and preserve our national parks?

Sign up to protect parks in   & other states

Why not join the National Parks Conservation Association Community to protect and preserve our national parks?

Sign up to protect   and other National Parks

Why not join the National Parks Conservation Association Community to protect and preserve our national parks?

Please leave this field empty
Yes, please sign me up for NPCA’s newsletter and other emails about protecting our national parks!

National Parks Conservation Association
National Parks Conservation Association

Log In

Or log in with your connected Facebook or Twitter account:

GO

Welcome to our growing community of park advocates. Thanks for signing up!

Sign Up:

Or sign up by connecting your Facebook or Twitter account:

GO