Alexander's Reaction to Kempthorne's Announcement of Park Service Revised Draft 2006 Management Policies

Posted on June 19, 2006

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), vice chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, issued the following statement regarding the revised draft of the National Park Service Management Policies announced today by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne: “The National Park Service has proved to be a good listener and, as a result, Secretary Kempthorne is off to an impressive start. “The earlier proposed revisions of the park management policies dramatically revised 2001 amendments and raised serious concerns about conservation and air quality, as well as visual and noise pollution in our parks. Several of us in the Congress, in both political parties, were critical of these proposals. “After considering our comments and those of the public, the Park Service has now produced a draft that appears to be consistent with the federal laws which founded the national parks and makes common sense improvements to the 2001 policies which should make it easier for supervisors to manage park properties in consistent and appropriate ways. “I look forward to Chairman Craig Thomas' hearing tomorrow afternoon in the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks during which we will hear more from National Park Service personnel about these draft policies.” # # #