National Park Service's Draft Management Policies: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Parks of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Partie 2

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Page 5 - The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to . the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment...
Page 7 - First, that the national parks must be maintained in absolutely unimpaired form for the use of future generations as well as those of our own time ; second, that they are set apart for the use, observation, health, and pleasure of the people; and third, that the national interest must dictate all decisions affecting public or private enterprise in the parks.
Page 2 - I thank you again for holding this hearing and I look forward to...
Page 7 - Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System for present and future generations. Today we have 300,000 members nationwide who visit and care deeply about our national parks.
Page 8 - For the NPS professionals, conserving the parks unimpaired for future generations is synonymous with offering park visitors today a high quality experience. Scenic vistas should be clear, natural sounds should dominate over man-made noises, native wildlife should be abundant and visible for visitors, historic sites such as battlefields should look like they did when the historic events occurred, and park visitor facilities should not be located so as to disturb the natural scene or the cultural landscape.
Page 7 - Thank you very much for the opportunity to testify this morning. [The prepared statement of Mr. Kiernan follows:] PREPARED STATEMENT OF THOMAS C. KIERNAN, PRESIDENT, NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today.
Page 5 - National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst. WALLACE STEGNER...
Page 8 - Now that the revision process is poised to conclude while doing no harm, what is needed is for the broad constituency of interests that are engaged with the National Park Service— recreation, tourism, gateway communities, conservation, preservation, and regular "good citizens...
Page 8 - NPS is achieving the proper balance between uses of the parks for today, and conserving them unimpaired for future generations. These conflicts usually erupt over day-to-day management of particular parks, and the decisions that the NPS makes as it goes through periodic management planning.
Page 4 - NPS's commitment to the public's appropriate use and enjoyment, including education and interpretation, of park resources, while preventing unacceptable impacts...