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Re: [snowkiteidaho] Fw: [BSA] Fw: Please no kiteboard ban

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  • Jon Bolt
    ...I think Rod is being facetious and simply sharing the same frustration we have. See http://www.fws.gov/refuges/ and click on Learn More... The National
    Message 1 of 2 , May 2, 2009
      ...I think Rod is being facetious and simply sharing the same frustration we have.  See http://www.fws.gov/refuges/ and click on "Learn More..."
      "The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 150 million acres, 550 national wildlife refuges and other units of the Refuge System, plus 37 wetland management districts.
      I think their purpose may be to preserve wildlife for more than just hunters & fisherpeople...

      On Fri, May 1, 2009 at 9:52 PM, Steve Linane <stevelinane@...> wrote:

      Ron says it so well
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 2:54 PM
      Subject: RE: [BSA] Fw: Please no kiteboard ban

      Elaine actually comes to the heart of the issue.   Wildlife refuge is an oxymoron.   Wildlife refuges were created not as a refuge for wildlife, but as a place were people can go to hunt and fish.
      If you could figure out a way to kill wildlife with winsdurf or kite boards you might be in business.  Perhaps if you drag a line behind the board with a fish hook?
      The fact that our sport is harmless to wild life and the environment if the very reason it is prohibited in the perverse logic of the feds!!!!! 
      Don't you just LOVE our federal government?

      From: BoiseSailors@... [mailto:BoiseSailors@...] On Behalf Of Steve Linane
      Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 1:10 PM
      To: snowkiteidaho@yahoogroups.com; idahokiteboarding@yahoogroups.com; BoiseSailors@...
      Subject: [BSA] Fw: Please no kiteboard ban

      I received this today
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 1:24 PM
      Subject: Re: Please no kiteboard ban

      I have received your e-mails and would like to take the opportunity to tell you a bit about National Wildlife Refuges and their regulations and management.

      National Wildlife Refuge lands are different than many other Federal lands. Refuges are closed to all activities unless specifically authorized. Kiteboarding has never been authorized or sanctioned. Kiteboarding was added to the list of prohibited activities in our flyer as we have seen an increase in the number of users participating in this unlawful activity. It is not a new restriction. Since refuges are closed to activities unless opened, the list of prohibited activities is not all inclusive. Instead we try to focus on allowed activities. The list of prohibited activities includes activities commonly inquired about or an unauthorized activity we have seen occurring regularly.

      We first encountered kiteboarders a couple years ago and explained to the folks we talked with that kiteboarding was not allowed. There have been several other times over the last couple years that we have encountered and spoken with kiteboarders. This is not a case of an unauthorized activity continuing due to unresponsiveness from the refuge.

      While there are a number of activities occurring on the lake that were not authorized, these activities have been occurring for decades. They will be reviewed and addressed in our up-coming Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP).

      The refuge has a specific legislated purpose - to provide a refuge and breeding grounds for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge is part of a national network of lands with a mission to conserve, manage, and restore where possible, wildlife and wildlife habitat. Our primary emphasis is on wildlife.

      Recreation occurring on refuges is to be wildlife-dependant and includes six specified activities – hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, wildlife photography, environmental education, and environmental interpretation. Even these uses must be compatible and occur at a level and a location that does not interfere with our wildlife and habitat conservation mission. Activities which are not wildlife dependent are not to be encouraged on refuges.

      The refuge will soon be developing a long-term (15 year) management plan for the refuge. In the development of the CCP, current and future management and public uses activities will be evaluated in the context of the refuge purpose. The CCP will be developed with input from partners and the public. Your name has been added to our contact list.

      In the mean time, the refuge will continue to enforce no kiteboarding as it has in the past.

      Elaine Johnson
      Refuge Manager

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      Please no kiteboard ban

      I am sorry to hear that Kitboarding is on the list of recreations concern to ban at Lake Lowell . I am 55 years old and I have kited at Lake Lowell well this would be the fifth year . I have windsurfed there for over twenty years . Please understand Kiteboarding or kitesurfing uses no motor its only power by the wind . The only time we are out on the lake is when no one else wants to be there . This sport has on adverse affects on wildlife or the environment . I belive we need pulbic input befor any final desition is made .
      Thank Steve Linane

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