"If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It!"
Rewrite of National Park Policies is Unnecessary
Outdoor Industry Association, the trade association for the $20 billion human powered recreation industry, registered its strong opposition to proposed changes to the management policies governing the National Park Service. The premise for dramatic changes to National Park Policies is simply wrong and the Secretary of Interior should promptly scrap these proposed changes, according to OIA President Frank Hugelmeyer.
"To suggest that the American people are clamoring for changes in the way our National Parks are managed is not supported by the facts. Since 1998, statistics collected annually in conformance with the Government Performance Results Act have shown visitor satisfaction with our National Parks at or above 94% each year. I can't imagine there is another program within the Department of Interior or the entire US Government that has higher public approval and is slated for such wholesale changes. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" said Hugelmeyer.
There has been no information provided by the Secretary of Interior indicating that Americans believe their enjoyment of our National Parks would be enhanced by reductions in air quality and scenic views or increased noise pollution three likely outcomes of the proposal. One has to ask, why are these measures being advanced by the Secretary of Interior?
Preservation has always been central to the mission of the National Park Service. Adherence to this mission is why we can enjoy the same incredible outdoor wonders as our grandparents and can be confident that our grandchildren will bask in the majesty of our National Parks. The rewrite of National Park policies now on the table fundamentally undermines the preservation mission, a direct challenge to virtually all National Park Service management policies, authorities and practices currently in place. This rewrite is a threat to not only our enjoyment of the Parks but to that of posterity.
Upon careful review of the changes being proffered by the Secretary of Interior, it becomes clear that this effort is about expanding commercial opportunities in our National Parks for a tiny group of special interests, not improving the Park experience for the millions of Americans who visit these national treasures each year.
About Outdoor Industry Association Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is a national trade association whose mission is to ensure the growth and success of the outdoor industry. A wide spectrum of leading manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers of outdoor recreation equipment and services, as well as other related business entities make up OIA's membership. OIA programs include representation in government/legislative affairs, cutting edge market research, member cost saving benefits and consumer outreach initiatives to grow participation in outdoor activities and promote healthier lifestyles. Conferences including the annual Outdoor Industry Rendezvous and the Capitol Summit in Washington, D.C., are hosted by OIA. Outdoor Industry Association is the exclusive endorser of the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow. For more information go to www.outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.
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