Despite numerous mentions in books and newspapers, there has been surprisingly little research into the non-monetary value of these gathering activities, particularly on the seashore
Also at risk to higher seas are particular sections of the remaining two national seashores
covered in the report: Cape Cod NS in Massachusetts and Cumberland Island NS in Georgia.
"Gulf Islands National Seashore
can't handle another negative impact right now," says John Adornato, director of NPCA's Sun Coast regional office.
The quality of a National Park or National Seashore
visit is increasingly overshadowed by statistics concerning the number of visitor-days each park or monument receives.
CAPE COD N.S., MASS.--The waters off Cape Cod National Seashore
will be a little quieter and a little cleaner this summer, following a move by Massachusetts officials to approve ordinances banning personal watercraft use in four towns surrounding the seashore
Dillon says there were 2,700 developed sites on the island when the seashore
was established; now there are approximately 4, 000.
waters and which depend on seashores
to nest--leatherback, green, loggerhead, hawksbill, and Kemp's ridley--are listed as either threatened or endangered.
From Maine to South Carolina, vehicle restrictions to protect plovers at national seashores
and other beaches are now common.
"Our national seashores
should be places where the public can escape the crowding of large cities and enjoy a pristine beach setting."
* March 2000: The Park Service bans PWCs in 66 of the 87 parks but gives 21 seashores
, lakeshores, and recreation areas two years to establish regulations for PWC use; any unit that wants to allow PWC use after the grace period must complete environmental assessments and make special rules.