Park Advocate Praises National Park Service Announcement Soliciting Public Comment On Restoring Natural Quiet

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   February 2, 2011
Contact:   David Nimkin, Southwest Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association Office: 801-521-0785; Cell: 801-518-1270; Email: dnimkin@npca.org
Bryan Faehner, Associate Director for Park Uses, National Parks Conservation Association Office: 202-419-3700; Cell: 202.731.1847; Email: bfaehner@npca.org


Park Advocate Praises National Park Service Announcement Soliciting Public Comment On Restoring Natural Quiet

Press Statement by David Nimkin, NPCA Southwest Regional Director

Today’s release of the long awaited draft Grand Canyon Overflights Plan by the National Park Service is a major milestone towards restoring natural quiet to Grand Canyon National Park. The public, along with stakeholders, will now be able to provide valuable input to the National Park Service so that a thoughtful balance is struck among all interests. While we have only just begun to analyze the draft plan, we are encouraged by various provisions contained in the preferred alternative. 


“Over time, the Grand Canyon has become increasingly noisy due to helicopter and fixed-wing air tours piercing the natural quiet of this incredible natural landscape and diminishing the special experience for many visitors who are enjoying the park from trails and overlooks.


“We encourage Congress to support the public process and recognize the hard work, time, and money invested by the Department of Interior and Department of Transportation to reach the point at which the public has an opportunity to have their voices heard on the future of one of America’s most beloved natural treasures.”


To read the National Park Service’s press release go to: http://bit.ly/ftxZiH

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