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Climate change is already adversely affecting seven national seashores on the Atlantic Coast, from Cape Cod to Cape Canaveral, and those impacts will dramatically worsen if heat-trapping pollution is not reduced, according to a new report from the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Ten years ago, the Park Service banned Jet Skis and other personal watercraft from its lakes and national seashores, raising hopes that once again, visitors might be able to hear the sound of waves lapping quietly on a shoreline.
And the prohibition would be delayed for two years at a dozen other units, mostly national seashores and lake shores, to allow for further study.
National Seashores, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Monument in New York Harbor and the birthplaces of five U.
ORV use in our national seashores can put rare, threatened, and endangered wildlife species at totally unnecessary and unjustified risk; such noisy, polluting use can seriously degrade or destroy the recreational experience of the majority of visitors who travel on their own feet.
Five of the nation's 10 national seashores are in the Southeast.
Our national seashores should be places where the public can escape the crowding of large cities and enjoy a pristine beach setting.
April 2002: On April 22, the Park Service announces permanent PWC bans for five of the 21 parks: Cape Cod and Cumberland Island national seashores, Delaware Water Gap and Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity national recreation areas, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Ironically, it was LWCF funds that allowed for the establishment of national seashores in the park system.
A more formal regulation process will govern PWC use at about 11 national seashores and lakeshores.
As the other five national seashores that host nesting sea turtles each summer, the beaches at Canaveral are the eroding edge of barrier islands that have been rolling over onto themselves for millennia.
From Maine to South Carolina, vehicle restrictions to protect plovers at national seashores and other beaches are now common.

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