Petition Tag - national park

1. Fortescue Bay Road - urgent upgrade required.

Fortescue Bay, Tasman National Park.
For many years, this small bay on the South East corner of Tasmania has provided visitors from across the globe with a tranquil, safe and beautiful escape from the rest of the world. Fortescue Bay is a heavily used multiple purpose area within the Tasman National Park, and is now the end point of the award winning, internationally marketed 3 Capes Track, Australia's premier coastal bushwalk.
For years, the 12km gravel access road from the Arthur Highway to Fortescue Bay has required attention, and it is now in dire need of serious upgrades. The ownership of the road has been the ongoing battle that has now stopped all maintenance to this road. Forestry Tasmania own the road but are not using the area for forestry operations at this point in time so refuse to maintain the road, however visitors use the road for access to the Tasman National Park. Despite common misconception, it is not the responsibility of the Parks and Wildlife Service to maintain this road.
At the end of the day, funding has to come from government, and the condition and safety of the road has well and truly reached critical. At this point in time, we know of no scheduled improvements, therefore we will lodge a written request with this public support petition to the relevant members of parliament to ensure they have the information they require to assess and plan any possible repair and upgrade work.
It is not only damaging to all vehicles that use this road, but is also a hazard for all road users. This road has the potential to cause serious injury, even fatalities if repairs aren't carried out. To avoid certain bad sections of this road and almost certain vehicle damage from deep ruts and potholes, drivers must cross to the opposite side, risking head on collisions with oncoming vehicles. Among the ruts and potholes, loose edges, large sharp protruding rock from the base of the road, loose aggregate and dangerous trees add to the list of hazards.
The state of the road is causing visitors to cancel their Fortescue Bay experience, along with thousands of dollars in vehicle damages each month for those that decide to tackle the road and drive in.
As a popular destination for visitors both local and international, and as users of this area for multiple purposes including but not limited to camping, bushwalking, diving, boating, fishing, and general sightseeing, we have started this petition to lobby government and request that something be done about the condition of this road. Bringing these issues to the attention of State Government will be the first step towards working with them to address and resolve the issues at hand. Whilst National Park entry fees, walking track fees and taxes apply, we should have suitable access roads to access these areas, regardless of who owns the access road.
Please be advised that I do not represent the Tasmanian government or any of its departments mentioned above. The views and opinions expressed throughout this spiel may differ from the above government departments views and opinions. The intention of this petition is to raise concerns and produce an informative request with public support to government representatives so that we can work together to achieve a common goal. Please keep any comments fair, clean and informative to ensure our voice is loud, and the outcome favorable.
Thanks in advance for your support.

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3. Save Mount Stirling and stop the BSTLR

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Since the merger of the Mount Buller and Mount Stirling alpine resorts in 2004, there have been several attempts to build a new road between them. The proposed road has been called various names including the “Buller Stirling Touring Link Road”, or BSTLR.

A connecting road already exists, called the “Corn Hill Road”. It connects the two mountains along the south side of Corn Hill. In winter, the southern road is often used as a nordic ski trail because it accumulates snow, protected by shade. In the summer, the Corn Hill Road is a popular bush walking trail.

The Mount Buller Mount Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board (the ARMB) is determined to cut a new road through undisturbed old growth alpine forest along the NORTH face of Corn Hill. Northern slopes receive less snowfall and retain snow less well due to the sunshine from the north. The reason for the road cannot be for “a nordic ski trail”. The proposed northern road is planned to be a sealed two lane highway. So it is not “a bushwalking trail” either.

The primary stated reason for the proposed northern road is to provide “emergency access” especially in the case of bushfire. You do not need a two lane sealed highway for fire trucks and a fire escape for the public. On Mount Buller, there is a fire brigade with fire fighting trucks, large snowmaking dams, reticulated water supply, hydrants and hoses, Neighbourhood Safer Places for people, and the ability for helicopters to take water from the snowmaking dams at will. Nobody on Mount Buller would escape an alpine bushfire along any road across the heavily forested Corn Hill to the heavily forested Mount Stirling. Clearly the “emergency access in case of bushfire” story is rubbish.

So what is BSTLR really for ? As a business, the Mount Stirling Alpine Resort is a failure. From 1998 to 2004, it received grants of $1.4m and still lost about $250k. Mount Stirling has no income outside the winter season, but it still has tens of thousands of summer visitors. As Buller and Stirling are now merged, patrons of Mount Buller are now forced to cover Stirling’s chronic losses.

The solutions fall into two general categories. Firstly, make Stirling into a Buller lookalike and destroy it’s wilderness character, or secondly, demerge the mountains and make Stirling a "protected area" such as a national park, so that it is protected in perpetuity.

With the “Buller lookalike option”, you would need a short road to connect the anticipated "wilderness lodges" on Stirling with the ski lifts and entertainment on Mount Buller. Hence, a compelling need for the Buller Stirling Touring Link Road.

With the “national park” option, there is no need to do anything, except perhaps a modest upgrade to the existing Corn Hill Road.

If you love Mount Stirling as a natural wilderness, sign this petition to stop the BSTLR and save Mount Stirling for all future generations.

Tell your local politicians too.

See what we are trying to save;
See http://youtu.be/_3eu4_BsO4k
See http://youtu.be/NZe6nPsKkAs

4. Save Sea Gulls' Nest

The Sea Gulls' Nest at Sandy Hook is in jeopardy of not being rebuilt. The National Park Service is the operator of Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area and the future of the concessions and Sea Gulls' nest is uncertain.

The National Park Service needs to be reminded how important the Sea Gulls' Nest is to its patrons.

Help save the Sea Gulls' Nest and its patriotic sunset ceremony by signing this petition to let the Directors of the NPS know what the Sea Gulls' Nest and its patriotic sunset ceremony mean to you.

5. Make the Colorado National Monument the nation's 60th National Park!

Grand Valley Region Citizens for a National Park is seeking support to re-designate the Colorado National Monument as the nation’s 60th National Park.

We believe it is the single most important thing the Grand Valley region can do to:

1. Permanently recognize this geological wonder with its unique in the world hanging canyons, petrified sand dunes, Native American structures dating to 10-thousand B.C., petro-glyphs, picto graphs, rare dinosaur fossils and footprints, thousand year old Pinyon trees and Juniper woodlands.

2. Complete the community goal of national park status first led by John Otto in 1907.

3. Immediately boost the community's profile nationally and internationally, and as a consequence also boost international tourism, and construction and enhance community profile and value. Park status would immediately place the Grand Valley on Rand McNally Maps and all publications/events involving national parks.

4. Attract high level new businesses,employees, university students and diversify the economy.

5. So protect this unique national resource it would forever take an act of Congress to change its status or borders.

Thousands of foreign and domestic tourists currently bypass Colorado National Monument because they perceive monuments as statues. CNM lacks national park status so is not part of tours which include only "national parks".

The Grand Valley continues to suffer from yet another major economic bust. Unemployment is nearly one percent above the national and state average, Grand Junction and Mesa County sales tax revenues remain down, home foreclosures are the second highest of Colorado’s 12 largest metro areas and one in ten rental units stand empty.

Elevating the Colorado National Monument to a national Park like Rocky Mountain National Park and Mesa Verde National Park is the only current proposal which offers a multitude of sustained regional economic benefits and guarantees our community's quality of life for generations to come for little to no cost to local citizens and businesses who would reap the rewards.

John Otto circulated the original petition for a National Park in 1907. Though a Congressional slowdown threatened the entire proces, Otto’s leadership, combined with unflagging community support won monument status via President Taft. Otto continued to work for national park status the remainder of his life.

Now it’s up to us. Today's Grand Valley area residents and leaders can finish what our community (led by John Otto) and the U.S. Congress of 1907 started by telling U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner voters want them to introduce legislation to make the Colorado National Monument our nation's 60th National Park.

6. Reduce Number of HGVs Travelling Through Settle and Upper Ribblesdale

There are three active quarries in Upper Ribblesdale; Dry Rigg, Arcow and Horton

The quarries are owned by very large multi-national corporations:

Dry Rigg is owned by Lafarge
Arcow is owned by Anglo American
Horton is owned by Heidelberg

The combined 2011 operating profit for these three companies was £7,800 million (i.e. £7.8 billion)

All the aggregate from the quarries is currently transported by road. - up to 400 HGVs / day travel through the centre of Settle and through the National Park.

Only a small proportion of the HGVs are owned or driven by local people. (These HGVs will always be needed to transport aggregate that cannot be moved by rail).

The Settle-Carlisle railway line passes very close to all the quarries.

There is an alternative road route that avoids Settle Town Centre and which would greatly reduce the economic impact that the HGVs have on the town.

The positive benefits of restricting heavy traffic from Town Centres are exemplified by towns such as Skipton and Kirkby Stephen.

The positive benefits of transporting aggregate by rail rather than road are exemplified by Upper Wharfedale where the majority of aggregate from Swinden Quarry is transported by rail.

We are not asking for any of the Ribblesdale Quarries to be closed or for their activity be restricted or curtailed - We are only asking that changes be made to the method and routes by which the aggregate is transported.

We do not believe our proposals will put any local quarry-related jobs at risk.

Settle town centre is hugely valued by local people as a place to shop, relax and do business.

The majority of businesses in Settle town centre (shops, cafes, inns etc) cannot survive on local customers. The sustainability of these businesses absolutely depends on their ability to attract visitors from outside of the town.

In the battle for customers, Settle is in competition with many other destinations e.g. Skipton, Kirkby Lonsdale, Grassington, Hawes. Clitheroe. To ‘hold its own’ in this competition, the town must strive to be as attractive for the visitor as possible. Only by doing this will people be encouraged to return to the town and to spend more time (and money!) on each visit.

An independent and very comprehensive study on the regeneration of Settle Town Centre (conducted in 2012) found that the major negative of the town centre was the number of HGV’s travelling through the narrow streets of the town centre. This was the majority view expressed by locals and visitors alike.

The visitor economy is the major economic driver within the Settle area and the only sector which has real opportunity for growth. The visitor economy has created many jobs for local people, both directly and indirectly, and has the opportunity, if managed effectively, to create many more jobs.

It is a fact that the large number of HGVs travelling through Settle town centre and along the narrow country roads of Upper Ribblesdale deter many people from visiting the town and are a real obstacle to the regeneration and ongoing sustainability of the local economy.

We must not let the economic interests of huge multi-national companies compromise the economic sustainability of Settle and Upper Ribblesdale.

Please support our petition if you wish to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for Settle town centre and to restore peace and tranquillity to the roads within Upper Ribblesdale.

7. Allow Professional Videography on Public Lands

Small, independent film-makers are forced to pay the same fees as large production studios to film commercially on public lands.

Still Photographers are exempted from the fees, but with advancements in technology (Especially DSLR's), videographers and film makers are now using similar or identical equipment with no more impact than a still photographer. The fee is now necessitated at the flip of a switch.

8. Stop Fracking the Blackfeet

(**IMPORTANT NOTE** This petition is for NON-Blackfeet people who wish to support tribal members opposed to fracking within the Blackfeet Nation. IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE BLACKFEET TRIBE, GO HERE.)

We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with members of Blackfeet Nation who are opposed to hydro-fracturing on the Blackfeet Reservation until a referendum is held. We are testifying that we hold in common the following two positions:

9. Stop Fracking our Homeland

(**IMPORTANT NOTE** This petition is for MEMBERS of the Blackfeet tribe. Please be 18 or older and enrolled if you sign here. If you are NOT a Blackfeet tribal member, but would like to support our efforts to ban fracking on the reservation, please go to the petition for non-members.)

We the undersigned members of Blackfeet Nation are testifying that we hold in common the following four positions, which implicate the addressees in what we consider to be reckless activities:

10. Say NO to the proposed site plan and location of Lowe's at 1500 N. Croatan Hwy in Kill Devil Hills

Lowe's home improvement has proposed to erect a 159,054 square foot mega store at 1500 N. Croatan Hwy adjacent to Landing Drive and First Street in Kill Devil Hills, NC. This site is approximately 1500 ft from property of the historic Wright Brothers National Memorial.

The plan includes an addition of at least 3.5 feet of fill to achieve a 10.5 foot elevation above sea level on the 12.8 acre lot which may potentially flood the surrounding neighborhood and the park despite any swales, retention areas, and piping meant to divert storm water. A stop light would also be added at US 158 and Landing Drive.

Zoning variances are being requested for the following issues: to allow only 409 parking spaces instead of the required 795 for a business this size, 38 foot light poles, planting fewer trees than required along US 158.

11. Save Serengeti National Park

According to local press reports and a statement from the Communications, Officer of Tanzania National Parks, the Tanzanian Government is planning to build a commercial road cutting directly through the Serengeti wilderness, which completely bisects the path of the world famous annual wildebeest and zebra migration comprised of nearly 2 million animals.

The road was first discussed and put for financing to the World Bank about twenty years ago but based on the recommendation of an EIA carried out by the WB, it was abolished for environmental reasons. The presently suggested routing of the commercial road is for 53 kilometers running through the Serengeti National Park, dissecting the northern Wilderness area of the Park. Giving the increasing traffic, the road might become the highest risk to the wildebeest migration and the integrity of the Serengeti as the number one natural wonder of the world upon which Tanzania’s tourism depends. Initially the new road will not have a great impact on the Wildebeest Migration.

But the Wildebeest Migration will have a great impact on the traffic. Increasing traffic will result in an increasing toll on human life and equipment through vehicle - wildlife collisions. These - unacceptable - losses will force TanRoads to consider fencing. Such fencing would truly mean the end of the Great Migration as the wildebeest, zebras and eland could not reach the Mara River (their only water source in the dry season) anymore and would die at the fence-line. Botswana lost its wildebeest and zebra migration with such fences. And in Canada, the elk migration in Banff National Park was also compromised because of a dissecting road The loss of the Serengeti Migration – the last of its kind in the world - would not only mean the end of Tanzania’s priceless natural and national heritage, the end of the Serengeti as iconic World Heritage Site but also a significant decline in tourism in the Serengeti and in neighbouring Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya.

The only way to avoid to severely reduce the conservation and economic value of the Serengeti National Park, its status as a World Heritage Site and endangering and damaging Tanzania’s reputation as world leader in conservation is to look for another alignment of the road outside the National Park. With the bad situation in Mikumi National Park as an example the Government of Tanzania rejected other proposal of major public road building in Parks as recently in the Tarangire National Park.

A road through the Serengeti would provide even more human fatalities and wildlife impact than the road through Mikumi • As suggested by a world bank study and Tanzania National Park, the planned road should be routed around the Serengeti National Park to the south. (The existing Ngorongoro – Serengeti road will remain as a tourist access road only) • The southern version makes more economic sense as it will be serving over two million people • It will not impact on the value of the world famous Serengeti National Park and World Heritage Site but immensely contribute to the economic development of Karatu, Meatu, Maswa, Bariadi and Magu – Districts • The road from Arusha to Loliondo should be rehabilitated to link Loliondo efficiently Any road in the Serengeti National Park should be for for tourist access and park management – not for transit and has to be under the control of TANAPA, including gates, no night driving, avoiding critical areas for conservation, low speed.

12. Help Families Keep the Government from Seizing their Land

On Sept. 14, 2009 we went to Big South Fork National Park in Tennessee. There we came across a homestead farm built in the 1800's by Jonathan Blevins but the land had continued to be worked until the early 1980's by the then said owner, Oscar Blevins. He was told he would have to leave his home of 50 years so the Government could declare Mr. Blevins land and other homesteads in the area as well as the forest surrounding these homesteads a National Park.

Oscar Blevins did not want to leave his home but the Government declared his home and land condemned and seized it from him. I was outraged when I read all this on the history of the farm right there on Oscar Blevin's property.

13. Increase presence of Park Rangers in our National Parks

I have seen the National Park service decreasing the budget. The public is losing service and protection it deserves due to the budget cuts.

14. Yellowstone National Park Responsible Access

NPS Announces Public Comment Period for Yellowstone Snowmobile Rules.

Everyone who would like to responsibly enjoy Yellowstone National Park in the Winter needs to respond. Quickly Or it may be closed during the winter this year forever

The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a rule requiring that most recreational snowmobiles entering Yellowstone National Park meet specific air and sound requirements and be accompanied by a trained guide. The proposed rule also dictates daily limits on the number of snowmobiles allowed in the park. These guidelines result from the March 25, 2003 Record of Decision http://www.nps.gov/grte/winteruse/winteruse.htm that addressed the impacts of oversnow recreational vehicle use in the park. Details of the proposal are available at http://www.nps.gov/yell/rule. The NPS is accepting comments regarding the rule until October 14, 2003. Comments can be sent to Yellowstone National Park, Planning Office, PO Box 168, Yellowstone NP, WY 82190, or online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/rule.