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This is worse than misguided policy--it means that the people who have made a career of public land management are not in control."

Kevin Dahl, program manager in NPCA's Southwest regional office, quoted by the Houston Chronicle in response to a Congressional bill that would give the Department of Homeland Security complete control of all federal lands within 100 miles of the U.S. border, including portions of Big Bend, Glacier, North Cascades, and Organ Pipe Cactus (right).

There are plenty of public lands ... that provide appropriate opportunities for hunting and recreational shooting. Yet, in the absence of a perceived national need to hunt squirrels in Frederick Douglass's backyard, or conduct target practice at the Gettysburg Cemetery... the House of Representatives has passed legislation that would seem to contemplate such ridiculous notions.

Craig Obey, NPCA's senior vice president of Government Affairs, quoted by Blue Ridge Now, regarding the House's rejection of an amendment to The Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012, which could result in virtually any park unit being opened to hunting, recreational shooting, trapping, or similar activities currently prohibited. Learn more on NPCA's blog:

Our national parks are supposed to be a safe haven for our iconic wildlife, not a free-fire zone.

Tim Stevens, director of NPCA's Northern Rockies regional office, quoted by the Grand Forks Herald in response to a proposed wolf hunt along the John D. Rockefeller Parkway, a park unit that links Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Learn more at:

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Date:Jun 22, 2012
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