Be a Voice for the Wilderness

Be a Voice for the Wilderness

December 31, 2012  |  Ear to the Sand

The National Park Service wants your input on how to manage Cumberland Island National Seashore. For the next two weeks, it will be accepting public responses to key questions about the future of Cumberland Island. It is a key opportunity to support the wilderness on Cumberland Island and the wildlife that depend on it. Do you want protected beaches, a restored wilderness, and reduced human impact? Or do you want more vehicles, tours, and development?

This is your chance to be a voice for the wilderness. Respond–even briefly, with one-word answers that emphasize wilderness–to their four simple questions and help ensure that the island will remain wild and its natural resources protected. You can respond directly on the park planning web site (click here) or email your comments to CUIS_planning@nps.gov.

Comments must be received by January 11, 2013. The four questions and the letter from Superintendent Boyles are copied below:

KEY QUESTIONS

1. What is most important about Cumberland Island National Seashore?

2. What should the American people know about Cumberland Island National
Seashore? What are its most important stories?

3. What are the greatest threats to Cumberland Island National Seashore?

4. What opportunities for visitor experiences, recreation, or resource
protection efforts would you like to see at Cumberland Island
National Seashore?

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Dear Neighbors and Friends of Cumberland Island National Seashore,

I am excited to announce that we are in the early stages of preparing a
Foundation Document for planning and management at Cumberland Island
National Seashore. I invite you to join in this effort.

A Foundation Document involves revisiting a national park unit’s core
mission and significance, most important resources and values, and the
interpretive themes that tell the park’s important stories. Although the
Foundation Document is not a decision-making document and does not include
actions or management strategies, it describes a shared understanding of
what is most important about the park. In this capacity, the Foundation
Document will reestablish the underlying guidance for future management and
planning decisions at Cumberland Island National Seashore. Because many of
the park’s original planning documents are out of date, preparing the
Foundation Document is the first step for considering the park’s future
planning and study needs.

Your voice is important to us. I invite you to play a role in charting the
park’s future by sharing your thoughts on what is most important about
Cumberland Island National Seashore, and to help identify its most pressing
threats and its greatest opportunities. We ask that you read and reflect on
the four key questions, below, so that we may take your thoughts into
consideration as we develop the Foundation Document. Comments are most
helpful if received by January 11, 2013.

KEY QUESTIONS

1. What is most important about Cumberland Island National Seashore?

2. What should the American people know about Cumberland Island National
Seashore? What are its most important stories?

3. What are the greatest threats to Cumberland Island National Seashore?

4. What opportunities for visitor experiences, recreation, or resource
protection efforts would you like to see at Cumberland Island
National Seashore?

You may submit your feedback in four different ways:

·  Enter your responses directly online on the park planning website at:
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/CUIS

·  Write your responses to the questions on the attached comment card
and mail the card to us (no postage necessary)

·  Email your responses to CUIS_planning@nps.gov

·  Attend an open house at the Cumberland Island National Seashore
Visitor Center on Monday, January 28, 2013, where we will personally
record your answers to these questions. The open house will be held
6pm – 7:30pm. The Visitor Center is located at 113 West St. Marys
Street, St. Marys, Georgia 31558.

Thank you for your interest in the national treasure we call Cumberland
Island National Seashore. I look forward to hearing from you as we continue
to chart its future.

Sincerely,

Fred Boyles, Superintendent
Cumberland Island National Seashore


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