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Enviro-Mich message from Doug Cornett <drcornet@up.net>

I am forwarding this message to the Enviro-Mich list regarding the
timber-cutting policy in National Parks.

doug cornett


Got this today, and thought I'd pass it along to you.  The National Park
Service has a dark secret - their regulations don't prohibit timber sales so
long as the sales are "incidental" to other NPS management activities.  In
1991, for example, a big old-growth sale was conducted in Yosemite pursuant to
housing construction and hazard tree removal projects.  The log deck was
filled with massive Sugar Pines, Doug Firs, and other trees that would
otherwise be standing today (they were alleged to be likely to die within a
few years if they weren't cut).  Now the NPS is undergoing a policy review,
and this could be a great opportunity to put them on the defensive and demand
that they go "zero cut."


To: Multiple recipients of list <epa-meetings@valley.rtpnc.epa.gov>
Subject: Notice of Intent to Update National Park Service Policies
Date:         Thu, 30 Jul 1998 11:43:36 -0400
From: "Kathryn J. Hatcher" <khatcher@NEGIA.NET>
Subject:      Policies of National Park Service to be Updated

[Federal Register: July 30, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 146)]
[Notices]             [Page 40735]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



National Park Service

 Notice of Intent to Update National Park Service Policies for
Managing the National Park System


SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) is updating its policies for
managing the National Park System. The policies are contained in Part
One of a document titled Management Policies, which was last published
in 1988. The comment period for interested parties to provide
information or suggestions that should be considered by the NPS is
hereby extended an additional 15 days, to August 30, 1998.

DATES: Information from interested parties will be accepted until
August 30, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Send information or suggestions to Bernard Fagan, National
Park Service, Office of Policy, 1849 C Street, NW, Room
3230,Washington, D.C. 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard Fagan at (202) 208-7469.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NPS is updating the policies governing
management of the National Park System. These policies are contained in
Part One of a document titled Management Policies (1988). New laws and
technologies, new understandings of the environment, and changes in
society necessitate re-examination of the 1988 policies, and revision
where necessary. Organizations and individuals with an interest in NPS
Management Policies are invited to provide information or suggestions
that should be considered by NPS during the review process. Original
notice of intent to update Management Policies was published in the
Federal Register on June 30, 1998, wherein it was stated that comments
would be accepted through August 15, 1998. This notice extends the
comment period an additional 15 days, to August 30. The 1988 edition of
Management Policies is posted on the Internet at &lt;http://www.nps.gov/
planning/mngmtplc/npsmptoc.html&gt;. If you are unable to access the
Internet, and would like to receive a copy by mail, please contact
Bernard Fagan at the address given above. The NPS expects to have a
draft of the updated Management Policies available for public review
and comment by December 30, 1998.

    Dated: July 23, 1998.
Loran G. Fraser,
Chief, Office of Policy.
[FR Doc. 98-20372 Filed 7-29-98; 8:45 am]

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