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Isle Royale Boaters Association sues over IRNP General Management Plan

An article today in a Minnesota newspaper (News-Tribune) reports that the Isle
Royale Boaters Association has finally actually filed a lawsuit against the
National Park Service over the General Management Plan adopted for Isle Royale
National Park this year.  The boaters have been threatening to sue for quite
some time, so this action comes as no surprise.  The arguments that the
boaters raise are remarkably narrow minded and show their astonishing lack of
appreciation for this remarkable archipelago of islands in the middle of Lake
Superior that they purport to care about.  

The primary beefs they have are that some (and as many of us believe far too
small a part) of the waters of the Park will be subject to a no-wake
provision, and some docks used by motorboats now will be removed (while a net
gain in docks will occur) in order to allow a few places on the shoreline of
the Park to give non-motorboaters an experience slightly less sullied by the
smell and sounds of motorboats, generators, boom boxes, etc.  There is great
deal of criticism of the IRNP GMP for failing to adequately protect the
environment of the Park, and for caving in to the obnoxious pressure of the
motorboaters.  In the ultimate "me first" mode, th Isle Royale Boaters
Association seems to insist that their recreational enjoyment must be provided
to the fullest possible extent regardless of how much it degrades the
enjoyment of others or the environment.

The case has been filed federal court in Marquette in the court of Judge
Gordon Quist.

Anne Woiwode
Sierra Club

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