Please take the time to attend this National Park Service meeting in Palmer tomorrow night at the Palmer Depot at 7 PM and don't forget the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex Public Hearing at the Menard Sports Center on Wednesday from 5-9 PM.
FYI- The first "call for action" under the banner of Preserving NPS lands as part of the 2016 Second-Century NPS is to "prepare a contemporary version of the 1963 Leopold Report". (That manifesto didn't do much good for Alaska....)
Tuesday's NPS meeting at the Palmer Depot could be an opportunity to ask NPS staff what a "contemporary version" ,prepared by them, of the Leopold Report would say....
You can check out the 1963 Leopold Report at:
[QUOTE]WildlifeManagement in the National Parks:
The1963 Leopold Report
Advisory Board on Wildlife Management appointed bySecretary of the Interior Udall March 4, 1963:
A.S. Leopold (Chairman),
S.A. Cain, C.M. Cottam,
Thegoal of managing the national parks and monuments should be to preserve, or where necessary torecreate, the ecologic scene as viewed by the first European visitors. As partof this scene, native species of wild animals should be present in maximumvariety and reasonable abundance. Protection alone, which has been the core ofPark Service wildlife policy, is not adequate to achieve this goal. Habitatmanipulation is helpful and often essential to restore or maintain animalnumbers. Likewise, populations of the animals themselves must sometimes beregulated to prevent habitat damage; this is especially true of ungulates.
Activemanagement aimed at restoration of natural communities of plants and animalsdemands skills and knowledge not now in existence. A greatly expanded researchprogram, oriented to management needs, must be developed within the NationalPark Service itself Both research and the application of management methodsshould be in the hands of skilled park personnel.
Insofaras possible, animal populations should be regulated by predation and othernatural means. However, predation cannot be relied upon to control thepopulations of larger ungulates, which sometimes must be reduced artificially.
Mostungulate populations within the parks migrate seasonally outside the parkboundaries where excess numbers can be removed by public hunting. In suchcircumstances the National Park Service should work closely with state fish andgame departments and other interested agencies in conducting the researchrequired for management and in devising cooperative management programs.
Excessgame that does not leave a park must be removed. Trapping and transplanting hasnot proven to be a practical method of control, though it is an appropriatesource of breeding stock as needed elsewhere.
Directremoval by killing is the most economical and effective way of regulatingungulates within a park. Game removal by shooting should be conducted under thecomplete jurisdiction of qualified park personnel and solely for the purpose ofreducing animals to preserve park values. Recreational hunting is an inappropriate andnon-conforming use of the national parks and monuments.
Mostgame reduction programs can best be accomplished by regular park employees. Butas removal programs increase in size and scope, as well may happen under betterwildlife management, the National Park Service may find it advantageous toemploy or otherwise engage additional shooters from the general public. Noobjection to this procedure is foreseen so long as the selection, training, andsupervision of shooting crews is under rigid control of the Service and theculling operation is made to conform to primary park goals.
Recreationalhunting is a valid and potentially important use of national recreation areas,which are also under jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Fulldevelopment of hunting opportunities on these areas should be provided by theService.