Titled "Atlantic National Seashores
in Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption," the RMCO/NRDC report contains the first set of maps detailing the portions of Atlantic national seashores
that are low lying enough to be at real risk of being submerged by rising sea levels.
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.
Additionally, 'Special Interest Parks' are grouped into National Military Parks; national Historic Sites; National Rivers; National Seashores
; and 'Off the Beaten Trail.
Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Gale Norton ordered a review of jetski bans at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and at three National Seashores
: Cumberland Island, Indiana Dunes and Cape Lookout.
"Our national seashores
should be places where the public can escape the crowding of large cities and enjoy a pristine beach setting."
PWCs are banned at eight other parks effective April 22, pending further study: Gulf Islands, Assateague Island, Fire Island, Cape Lookout, and Padre Island national seashores
, Big Thicket National Preserve, Gateway National Recreation Area, and Pictured Rocks 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
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.