[Paul Hoffman] A high-ranking appointee at the Interior Department proposed fundamentally changing the way national parks are managed, putting more emphasis on recreational use and loosening protections against overuse, noise and damage to the air, water, wildlife or scenery. But a group of senior National Park Service employees rejected the proposal at a meeting this month.
Mr. Hoffman’s proposals often involved seemingly minor word changes but their effect was nonetheless sweeping. Illegal uses, Mr. Hoffman proposed, must “irreversibly” harm park resources, instead of just harming them. Instead of obligating managers to eliminate impairments to park resources, he proposed that they should “adequately mitigate or eliminate” the problems.
The draft was part of an effort to re-evaluate the park service’s core mission and illustrated the continuing tension between the need to preserve park resources and the desire to make them available to the broadest possible public.
The draft would also have added potential hurdles to the procedures for designating new parks. And in its discussion of park service system resources and educational programs, it would have eliminated virtually every reference to the theory of evolution.
Thank God the other employees spiked these changes. This is all idiotic. Just stupid, political changes to policies that will have effects lasting centuries.
Evolution matters to our parks and our lives. Eliminating references to it in park programs is just retarded.