SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT
DENIES MADISON COUNTY GATEWAY
Shenadoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup announced today he has denied Madison County’s request to establish a new entrance for motor vehicles into the national park on Rapidan Road in Madison County. In a six-page letter sent to County Administrator Mr. Ernie Hoch and the members of the Madison County Board of Supervisors, Northup said that he respected and appreciated Madison County’s special relationship with former President Hoover and their pride in that history. However, Northup further advised the county that after careful consideration, he could not support the county’s proposal to upgrade the lower section of the Rapidan Road nor open the upper section to public motor use for private cars and commercial van tours as called for in the County’s May 6, 2013, proposal to the park. To read the complete text of the response see www.nps.gov/shen/parknews/newsreleases.htm.
The full press release can be found by CLICKING HERE.
In January, Madison County Supervisors, with little coordination with their own constituents and local conservation organizations, passed a resolution to establish a Shenandoah National Park “Gateway” from Criglersville to Skyline drive using the existing road along the Rapidan River and through Camp Hoover.
With increasing tourism and tax revenue as their primary goals, the Supervisors have chosen to ignore, or not determine, the impact such a route will have on the forest, the wildlife, and the river, let alone the private property existing in this area.
This is not the first attempt made to secure this transit route between Criglersville and Skyline. Citing an apparent “promise” by President Herbert Hoover, two previous attempts to get legislation passed for funding were defeated–once at the congressional level, but another went all the way to the president who recognized the environmental threat and vetoed the legislation.
More information will be available soon, and a concerted effort will be developed to oppose this gateway, but individuals should begin contacting Madison County representatives and voicing their concerns about, and opposition to, the resolution.
CLICK HERE to read the approved resolution and to see the names of the Madison County Board of Supervisors who are driving this effort.
CLICK HERE to see the proposed operating guidelines for the Madison Gateway through Camp Hoover
ACTION ALERT FACT SHEET
CLICK HERE to see the Rapidan TU Action Alert Fact Sheet.
RAPIDAN CAMP BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OPPOSES MADISON COUNTY GATEWAY
CLICK HERE to see the Rapidan Camp Board of Directors Message
RAPIDAN RIVER FACT SHEET
The Rapidan River is a designated Tier 1 Trout Stream. CLICK HERE to see what that means and additional facts about the impact of this proposal by the Madison County Supervisors.
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