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Protect Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Posted 7/26/2002 from WildAlerts

Dear Lake Superior supporter,

The wild beauty of Wisconsin's Apostle Islands National Lakeshore draws kayakers and others from around the world. The National Park Service is now involved in a study to determine how much of the Lakeshore it will recommend for permanent wilderness protection and is accepting comments on its draft study until August 1. We ask your help in ensuring that the Apostles remain wild. Please let the National Park Service know that you strongly support its Alternative 1, which would recommend 94 percent of the park for wilderness protection. Send a letter from:

http://www.wilderness.org/takeaction/?step=2&item=1726

BACKGROUND

The Apostle Islands are an archipelago along Lake Superior's south shore in Wisconsin. Its 21 islands vary in size from a tiny 3 acres to 10,000 acres and are remarkably untouched. The islands feature sea caves and dramatic vistas of Lake Superior, a literal inland sea and the world's largest body of fresh water. Old growth forest covers the islands and house one of North America's largest concentration of black bears. Wilderness designation for the Apostles would give Wisconsin its first ever National Park Service wilderness.

Dotted around the islands are a number of historic lighthouses that are popular with visitors. Access to these will not change with the wilderness designation detailed in Alternative 1 of the Park Service proposal. Neither will motorized access in the channels between islands.

The Wisconsin legislature donated these islands to the Park Service for the creation of the National Lakeshore. In that donation, the legislature clearly sought permanent protection of the wilderness character of the islands. They've been managed as wilderness for the past decade under Park Service management policies that require proposed wilderness be managed as wilderness. But those policies could change and the pristine nature of the Apostles could disappear.

Only if the Congress adds the Apostles to the National Wilderness Preservation System can we be sure future generations of Americans will be able to enjoy them as we do today. The Apostle Islands are wild and deserve to stay that way!

TAKE ACTION

Your comments are needed by August 1. Send a letter from http://www.wilderness.org/takeaction/?step=2&item=1726 or send your own using the sample letter below. Your letter will have more impact if you include your experiences at the Apostle Islands National Seashore. Thank you for supporting wilderness! Your comments will make a difference.

 

Send your comments to:

Mr. Bob Krumenaker, Superintendent

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Route 1, Box 4

Bayfield, WI 54814

FAX: 715-779-3049

EMAIL: APIS_comments@nps.gov

 

To learn more about the draft alternatives, visit

http://www.nps.gov/apis/wstudy.htm

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SAMPLE LETTER

Mr. Bob Krumenaker, Superintendent
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Route 1, Box 4
Bayfield, WI 54814

 

Dear Superintendent Krumenaker:

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore offers a premier wilderness experience within the National Park System. That valuable experience needs protection. I strongly support Alternative 1, which would designate 94 percent of the area on the islands as wilderness.

Alternative 1 is the only alternative that promises to adequately protect the wilderness resource.

Alternative 1 carefully provides for traditional recreational opportunities on Lake Superior, including kayaking, sailing and power boating and also would protect primitive camping experiences on the islands. It also allows for both enjoyment and management of the islands' important historical sites, including lighthouses.

In its donation of land for the National Lakeshore, the Wisconsin legislature clearly specified its expectation that the lakeshore would preserve the wild character of the islands. Only Alternative 1 fully keeps faith with the legislature's wish. I urge the National Park Service to select Alternative 1 in its wilderness study process.

 

Sincerely,

 

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For a full list of Action Items, visit

http://www.wilderness.org/whatcan/takeaction.htm

 

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http://www.wilderness.org/wildalert/wildalerts.htm

 

 

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