Alexander Express Concerns About Draft of New National Park Service Management Policies

Says He is Not Convinced Rewrite of Management Policies is Necessary

Posted on February 2, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today, in a letter to National Park Services Director Fran Mainella, questioned the proposed new National Park Service management policies and said he’s not convinced a rewrite of the policies is necessary. Alexander presented the letter to the Director during a meeting in his office. “The National Park Service’s plan to rewrite its management policies reduces the importance of conservation, impairs park air quality, and increases the likelihood of noise pollution,” Alexander said, adding, “I’m not convinced the rewrite process is even necessary at this time.” Today’s letter was submitted as part of the public comment period on the recently published draft of the proposed Park Service management policies. Alexander, vice chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on National Parks, raised concerns about the Park Service’s plans during a Nov. 1, 2005 subcommittee hearing on the draft management policies. He pressed for an extension, which was later granted, of the time allotted for comment from the public before a draft of the proposed management policies was published. Please click on the link to view the letter: 02-02-06_Letter_to_Mainella.pdf (393 kb)