Tuesday, May 27, 2008

WWA Action Alert: National Parks

We’ve added a section of Action Alerts from our partnership with the Winter Wildlands Alliance for our Where Will You Ski readers. Karhu is proud to support the Boise, ID-based Winter Wildlands Alliance, a national nonprofit organization with the mission of promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands.

Taking The Best Idea to the Next Century…

Our National Park System has been called America's best idea. It seems like an overstatement until you snowshoe into Glacier Gorge in Rocky Mountain National Park, or ski tour amongst bison in Yellowstone or ski the steeps in the Tetons or Cascades. The National Park Service manages many of the most spectacular high mountain backcountry ski terrain in the country. In addition, the National Park Service Rivers and Trails program provides assistance to communities across the country on recreational trails, and the agency provides leadership in the federal government on resource conservation and interpretation.

(Nils Larsen and Charlie Lozner enjoy lunch on a ski tour just east of the North Cascades National Park, WA. Photo by Graham Gephart)

The park system will turn 100 years in 2016 and Congress and the President are poised to take major steps to make the parks ready for their next century with legislation that will get rangers out in the field interacting with park visitors, reduce the park system's environmental footprint, and protect cultural and natural resources. Of particular importance to winter enthusiasts, the initiative will protect and enhance high quality human-powered recreation including backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing and many other sports our community enjoys like climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and paddling.

The House of Representatives is leading the way with the National Park Centennial Fund Act,
HR 3094. The bill has strong support from both Democrats and Republicans and it looks ready for a full House floor vote in the near future.Help make the floor vote happen by taking one or both of the following actions:

1) Send an email to your member of Congress. Ask him or her to get this important bill to the House floor for a full vote, and to vote "YES."

2) Send an email Letter to the Editor to your local paper so they can help spread the news.

You can help bring the "best" idea into its next century with all the care and foresight that it deserves!

Thanks Much,
Steve Ryder
Grassroots Program Director

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