Air Tour Management Process for National Parks Improved and Preserved in FAA Bill

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   March 22, 2010
Contact:   David Nimkin, NPCA Southwest Regional Director, Phone: 801-521-0785; Cell: 801-518-1270
Bryan Faehner, NPCA Associate Director for Park Use, Phone: 202-419-3700; Cell: 202-731-1847


Air Tour Management Process for National Parks Improved and Preserved in FAA Bill

Victory for National Park Visitors Who Enjoy the Sounds of Nature!

Statement by NPCA Southwest Regional Director David Nimkin

“Today was a wonderful day for park visitors seeking peace and quiet in our parks. We thank Sen. Bingaman for his leadership opposing an amendment to undercut an effort to better protect Grand Canyon National Park from aircraft noise. Now, the National Park Service can continue to engage the American public in its final decision to allow air tours while protecting natural sounds in the world’s most famous canyon.”

“We also thank Sens. Wyden and Merkley for sponsoring an amendment that was passed in the final Senate bill that promotes the completion of air tour management plans in other national parks across the country. The Wyden-Merkley language also allows the Park Service to protect visitors from noisy air tours at Crater Lake National Park.”

“Finally, we thank Sen. Coburn for his amendment to require the cost of developing air tour management plans in the national parks to be paid for by assessing adequate fees to commercial air tour operators.”
 

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