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Re: RC: Latest NPCA Bulletin

Linda, Now let me get this straight.  You are asking us to support the
legislation that would keep more power in the hands of the National Park
system, at time when they cut our throats when ever they get a chance.  I
would rather see the Trails Committee review this legislation and see if
there is any merit to it for us before we get carried away with letters to
Washington.  Jerry Fruth
Hickory Ridge Arabians web page:

On Sat, 24 Jul 1999, Linda B Merims wrote...
>The NPCA is the National Parks and Conservation Association,
>a 500,000-member organization founded in 1915 as the "friends"
>group for the national parks.
>Subject: National Park Lines 99-13
>Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 16:04:20 -0400
>National Park Lines 99-13, July 23, 1999
>News for NPCA's Park Activist Network (NPCA)
>E-Mail:  Web:
>In This Issue:
>1. Support Needed to Pass Park Funding Bill 
>2. Stop Senate Riders
>3. Protect Denali National Park
>4. Hot off the Presses--NPCA's New National Park Discovery Guides 
>5. Park Speak
>CALLS NEEDED TO HELP PASS PARK FUNDING BILL:  Your help is needed to pass a
>proposal by Sen. Bob Graham (FL), The National Park Preservation Act (S. 819),
>which would help alleviate outside threats to our national parks.  This
>proposal would provide millions of dollars from fees paid by major oil
>companies that drill for oil in the outer continental shelf.  Through the
>National Park Service (NPS), the money would be made available to local
>communities and even private companies to help them protect our parks from
>outside threats.  Take Action!  Please call your Senators using
> and ask them to
>support this effort in the Senate Energy Committee. Many people realize that
>we cannot effectively protect our national parks if we don't pay attention
>to what is happening outside the park boundaries.  By addressing these
>external threats we can help our parks and our local communities. 
>STOP SENATE RIDERS:   Your calls and letters are urgently needed to stop
>the anti-environmental riders attached to the Senate FY 2000 Interior
>Appropriations bill (S. 1292).  Echoing those that were on the House
>version of the bill:  allowing grazing without environmental review
>on public lands; special deals for grazing interests; weakening the
>1872 Mining Law by exempting existing mining operations from toxic
>mining waste dumping limitations on federal public land; prohibiting
>grizzly bear reintroduction without express written consent from ID
>and MT governors; and more. Take Action!  Contact your Senators TODAY
>using  and tell
>them to oppose these harmful provisions once and for all!   Urgent
>action is needed, as this legislation is expected to go to the floor
>the week of July 26th.  For a detailed list of these anti-environmental
>riders, send an email to
>PROTECT DENALI NATIONAL PARK:  As the Senate prepares to take up the
>FY 2000 Interior Appropriations bill, there may be an attempt to attach
>a provision that would facilitate the construction of a railroad through
>the northern portion of Denali National Park and Preserve.  Construction
>of a railroad, as well as related large-scale hotel facilities, would
>degrade the very attributes Denali is revered  for-healthy wildlife
>populations, undisturbed ecosystems, and vast wilderness.   The National
>Park Service (NPS) has indicated its opposition to a road or a railroad
>through north Denali, and points out that ongoing plans for an improved
>entrance area and a new visitor facility on the south side of the park
>will accommodate increases in visitation over the coming decades.
>Furthermore, for the $214 million estimated cost of building a railroad,
>nearly every NPS construction priority in all the major Alaska park units
>could be funded, thus enhancing visitor use and tourism throughout the state.
>Take Action!  Please write, call, or email your congressman and senators
>today and ask them not to support any Interior appropriations provision
>that would promote a fiscally and environmentally irresponsible railroad
>project in Denali National Park.  For contact information, use
>Discovery Guides provide the most current, comprehensive information
>available on America's national park areas. Each guide includes
>full-color photos, maps, details on lodging, dining, camping, and
>activities in and near each park.  To find out how to get your copies
>PARK SPEAK:  "The state of civilization of a people may be measured by
>its care and forethought for the welfare of generations to come."
> - Dr. John C. Merriam.  Do you have any great environmental quotes
>you'd like to see in National Park Lines?  If so, send them to
>*National Park Lines is a publication of the National Parks and
>Conservation Association's Park Activist Network.  To learn how you
>and your friends can become more involved in national park issues,
>visit our web site at, or contact our grassroots
>staff at   To subscribe a friend, or to view
>previous issues, visit   
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