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it looks like they are trying to take more drive on access up north, we need as many people to write letters as possible so we can nip this in the bud. this is the only place to drive on in massachusetts other than cape cod and it will really hurt to lose it.

 

please send a letter and help us out

 

bob

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

13 December 2004

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

6 Plum Island Turnpike

Newburyport, MA 01950

978-465-5753

 

Parker River Refuge Seeks Public Comments on Refuge Activities

 

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is seeking public comments on certain visitor activities that are currently allowed on the refuge. As part of a periodic review to ensure their compatibility with the purpose of the refuge, eight recreational activities are being examined. These are: access for recreational and commercial clamming, off-road vehicle use on the refuge beach for surf fishing, beach activities such as swimming and sun bathing, berry picking, bicycling, field trials, jogging, and boating. Public review and comment are encouraged during the public review period, December 15 to 29, 2004.

 

"A periodic revisiting of the activities we allow on the refuge helps us to ensure they still fit within our Wildlife First mission, and that we are able to manage them responsibly," said Refuge Manager Janet Kennedy.

 

This review of eight non-wildlife-oriented activities which are currently allowed on the refuge is part of the Compatibility Determination process. This process was established by Congress when they passed the National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act of 1997. That law not only gave the National Wildlife Refuge system its "Wildlife First" mission, but required that all public uses be compatible with the purpose of the refuge. To be "compatible" the use must not materially detract from the purpose of the refuge, and must be within the refuge's ability to manage.

 

Copies of the Draft Compatibility Determinations for the eight activities can be found by selecting this link: Refuge Activities, and in the main branch of the public libraries in the towns of Newbury, Rowley, Ipswich, and the City of Newburyport, as well as the refuge headquarters. Submit comments in writing to Refuge Manager Janet Kennedy, Parker River NWR, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport MA 01950, or via email by December 29, 2004. For more information, call the refuge headquarters at 978-465-5753.

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Immediately contact your state and national legislators particularly any that are fisherman friendly. Find out who in government gets the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge their money and let them know that you will not lose your access without a large, loud and very public fight.

 

Talk to any of your contacts in the newspapers and make sure they're aware of the situation. A lot of angry people makes for good copy.

 

Most important, remember that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar and be as professional about it as possible. The politicians should be made aware that this situation can be a voting block builder.

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Get in touch and email these groups ASAP. I'm sure someone can lend a hand...

 

 

Click here for UMS website -United Mobile Sportfishermen

YOUR VOICE FOR ACCESS ON THE EAST COAST

Representing 24 Organizations With Over 75,000 Members

 

Click here for MBBA

 

Find Beach Access Info, Conservation Tips, Beach Travel, Club Functions, and other topics.

 

 

*****I know of the rule about posting links, but these are important associations that would get directly involved..*****

 

Remove if I am wrong,

Thanks.

 

Mike L.

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i sent emails to those groups and also emailed some of the sports reporters in my area and one suggested this; Call Marty Meehan, Ed Markey and Senator Ed Kennedy's office. Also write letters to the editors and to theÂ*US Â*FISH AND Wildlife Service at Plum Island where your letters will be forwarded to the lawmakers. Letters do not fall on deaf ears. They maybe ignored but they will be read and a file made.

 

bob

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