March 24, 2009
Discussion Topic: Park Service Clarifies Lead-Ban Announcement
By Dave Hurteau
On March 10, the National Park Service announced a new goal to “eliminate the use of lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle in parks by the end of 2010”. Click here to read previous coverage. The announcement sparked a firestorm of controversy with hunting groups, fishing groups, state agencies, and others. Now, the NPS offers this clarification, from their website:
1. Nothing has changed for the public. We are simply announcing the NPS goal of eliminating lead from NPS activities to protect human and wildlife health.
2. We will work to clean our own house by altering NPS resource management activities. In 2009, we will transition to non-lead ammunition in culling operations and dispatching sick or wounded animals.
3. In the future, we will look at the potential for transitioning to non-lead ammunition and non-lead fishing tackle for recreational use by working with our policy office and appropriate stakeholders/groups. This will require public involvement, comment, and review.