|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||December 16, 2005|
|Contact:||Blake Selzer, NPCA, 202-223-6722|
Victory at Channel Islands
“Congress and the American public effectively rebuked this outrageous effort to chop up a national park and deny the public full access,” Obey said. “Channel Islands belongs to all Americans and to future generations; it is not a playground for a select few.”
“America’s heritage is safe, at least for the moment, because of the efforts of Sen. John Warner (R-VA), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Sen. Craig Thomas (R-WY), Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), and others, who stood up for Channel Islands.”
In 1996, NPCA sued the National Park Service for illegally permitting a private hunting operation on Santa Rosa Island, which closes the park to the public several months each year and negatively affected native wildlife. By court-agreed settlement, the hunting operation is slated to phase out by 2011.