Drive-Thru Wilderness

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Despite public opposition, Cumberland Island National Seashore has approved up to eight vehicle tours a day through the island wilderness and along the pristine, undeveloped seashore where sea turtles and endangered birds nest. Suprisingly, the Park Service determined that the tours would cause “no significant environmental impact.” The tours were mandated by Congressman Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) to provide easier access to the remote north end wilderness, but environmental and outdoor groups have vigorously opposed the move, citing the disruption that vehicles will cause to solitude and serenity–as well as the negative impacts on island ecosystems.

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