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Wrangell-St. Elias Park & Preserve protected from ATVs
Author: teddygirl | Tuesday June 26, 2007

The following is from the National Park Conservation Association, an organization that is protecting parks for future generations.

A recently settled lawsuit filed by NPCA has stopped the destruction of recreational all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on three popular trails in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska. The unlimited ATV use has ripped through tundra vegetation, exposing the frozen ground to direct sunlight and causing large mud pits to emerge. This damage to the park’s tundra ecosystem is threatening wildlife habitat and water quality.
"Illegal ATV riding in Wrangell-St. Elias has been creating massive mud holes up to one hundred yards wide and several miles long," says NPCA Alaska Regional Director Jim Stratton. "Wrangell-St. Elias is one of the world’s premier wilderness parks, and today we are starting the journey to heal some serious wounds to the land caused by recreational ATV riding."

The settlement requires the National Park Service to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) evaluating the impacts of recreational ATV use on the park. Should that EIS determine that recreational ATV riding can continue, the Park Service would be required to show how ATV riding is compatible with park purposes. While the Park Service completes the impact statement, the three trails suffering the most significant damage will be closed to recreational riding.

For more information about NPCA, visit their website: http://www.npca.org

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