halls120
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Time To Change The National Park Service

Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:21 am

This really pisses me off. The NPS complains about not having enough money to maintain the parks system, they cut back access to popular parks like Yosemite (because we are loving hem to death), and yet they have no problem with denying the public access to lands which are supposed to be open to the entire public - not just the rich and privileged.

Quote:
Audit Finds Exclusive Clubs 'Monopolize' Public Parkland
Similar Conclusion in 1984 Had Little Effect at National Park Service
By Elizabeth Williamson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 29, 2007; Page A08

The National Park Service has for decades allowed members-only beach, yacht and sports clubs -- including New York City's largest beach resort -- to "monopolize" public lands that by law should be open to all, an Interior Department audit shows.

The audit also found that the Park Service did not consider "environmental consequences" for 18 of 20 sites included in the survey.

The clubs "have enjoyed exclusive rights to public lands through restrictive and costly memberships that deny the general public the same benefits," the report says. "In some instances, the National Park Service has authorized this exclusivity for 30 or more years."
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." Mark Twain, a Biography
 
TedTAce
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RE: Time To Change The National Park Service

Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:21 pm

A very dissapointing story.
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flyorski
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RE: Time To Change The National Park Service

Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:22 pm

The Elites don't think they have to abide by the laws of civilization..................
"None are more hopelessly enslaved, than those who falsly believe they are free" -Goethe
 
bhmbaglock
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RE: Time To Change The National Park Service

Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:37 pm

Can we set one of these clubs up at El Cap?

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Seriously, I agree fully with you on this one.
Where are all of my respected members going?

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