don't know if politicos de-rate messages when they receive identical copies...
but I figure they have to pay slightly more attention if the message is
unique. So I sent the following modified
(I see my final edit left "kitesurfing" in once. Meant
to follow Jon's lead and call it kitesailing... but checking Google, I see it's
2.6M to 68k in favor of -surfing... and -surfing has the Wikipedia entry (which I
recommend for barneys such as myself for the amusing "lingo"
Dear Senator Crapo:
I was not able to
attend the meeting last week at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge but I have
been following the news about recreational restrictions on Lake Lowell and in
the Refuge with interest. I am happy to hear that you have taken an interest in
have windsurfed at Lake Lowell from time to time since the 1980s, and the recent
action by the managers of the refuge to declare a ban on the related sport of
kitesailing (a.k.a. "kiteboarding," not involving motorized towing) came as an
unwelcome surprise. I have yet to see an explanation for WHY this unilateral
action was taken, with no public input whatsoever. Both types of board sailing
are extremely low impact, with arguably less disturbance to wildlife and habitat
than motorized recreation that has long happened at Lake
Last Saturday, May 30, you announced an understanding
reached with US Fish and Wildlife Service that there will be no changes to the
types of motorboating allowed on Lake Lowell for the next couple of years (until
the FWS CCP process is completed and then only if it determines otherwise).
I would hope this same understanding could be extended to other historical
recreational uses, and in particular kitesurfing, windsurfing, and sailing in
I ask that you please extend the protections concerning
all types of motorboat uses on Lake Lowell to include all types of sailing uses
as well, including kitesailing.