Protect the Cape Cod National Seashore

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The Trump administration has ordered Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission to stop all meetings.


ThisCape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission meets very other month (except in Summer) in order to give advice to the government on how to manage this Massachusetts treasure – 44,000 acres of beaches and bogs that stretch from Chatham to Provincetown. The commission is made up uf representatives from the surrounding six towns and with representatives from county, state and the US Interior department. They have been meeting since the preserve was founded in 1961.

TheCape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission has a long history of helping officials navigate a range of delicate issues, from preserving aging dune shacks to allowing vehicles on pristine beaches. But last week, commissioners learned that they must halt their meetings during a Trump administration review.

It looks like Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke isn’t going after our Treasure alone. He and the Trump administration have targeted more than 200 similar federal advisory bodies across the country. Zinke is a Tump loyalist, which most likely means that he will help special interests that will financially benefit republican party benefactors.

“It is definitely not an attempt to weaken local voices,” a department spokesperson said. “This administration prioritizes local communities over special interests and bureaucrats, and the review is aimed at improving the process.”

Based on this administration’s track record of truth telling, this comment should be taken with a grain pound of salt…

It feels like a good time for a letter/postcard writing campaign directed at Ryan Zinke and the Department of the Interior…

Here are a few ways you can contact the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Secretary and our bureaus:

Mailing Address:
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

Phone (with employee directory): (202) 208-3100

Learn More about the Cape Cod National Seashore –> Click here

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