Science suppressed again: National Parks edition

The N.Y. Times is reporting that the National Parks Service has suppressed and failed to act upon a report insisting that NPS needs to "do much more to preserve biological diversity and ecological integrity in the national parks," according to a member of the panel that produced the report. That member, Dr. Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer who is explorer in residence at the National Geographic Society, said she and her colleagues had expected that the National Park Service would distribute the report and take action on its findings. Instead, she said, "it has just languished." That is unfortunate, Dr. Earle said, because "the sooner action is taken the easier it will be, the less costly it will be, to maintain the health of the systems upon which all of the recreation depends." The report did not appear on the Web until this week, when a coalition of retired park employees posted it, accusing the Bush administration of hiding it because of its emphasis on science over recreation. --Cornelia Dean, "Park Service Under Attack by Adviser," N.Y. Times, Oct. 29, 2004, at A21.
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