|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||May 5, 2010|
|Contact:||Shannon Andrea, NPCA Director of Media Relations, P: 202-454-3371; C: 202-365-5914|
Gulf Coast Oil Spill Will Impact National Parks, Wildlife, and Local Economies
Statement by NPCA Executive Vice President Theresa Pierno
“The nation’s leading voice for our national parks, the non-profit National Parks Conservation Association, is very concerned about the devastating impacts this massive environmental crisis will have on our national parks, wildlife, and local economies along the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard.
“From Gulf Islands National Seashore to Everglades National Park, and other national parks sites along the east coast, our natural and cultural treasures are at risk. Not only will this tragedy impact our coastal wetlands, but it will also have detrimental effects on the commercial, recreational, and beach-going tourism economies that are dependent on healthy water ecosystems.
“We support the National Park Service’s efforts to manage and mitigate the potential effects of this devastating oil spill, and we urge the Administration to take the necessary steps to ensure that wildlife and park resources are protected and preserved for our children and grandchildren.”
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