Business booster still guides national park rules

Farquhar, Brodie
November 2005
High Country News;11/14/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 21, p6
This article presents information about a newly released National Park Service management policy in the U.S. The conservation groups believe that it will reduce environmental protection and boost commercial interests. The whole chapters in new rules trace back to a controversial document written by Paul Hoffman, the Interior Department's deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks. Hoffman has long supported motorized recreation interests. The rewrite was leaked to the public by a Park Service employee in August 2005. The new rules were released on October 19, 2005. They will weaken long-standing congressional mandates that emphasize preservation over recreational enjoyment of the National Park system. Increased air and noise pollution, snowmobiling, jet skiing and live-stock grazing will be allowed. The new rules will also delete an old requirement which states that the Park Service review its lands for potential wilderness; and prevent the public from suing the agency for not complying with its own management policies.


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