This just showed up on the CrazyGuy Advocacy Forum
, offering folks a petition to sign which encourages National Parks to allow hiker/biker camping even when their campgrounds are otherwise full. Many state parks already do that and it works fine; SPV don't take much room and most of us know how to share space effectively. I think it's a smart idea to not push tired riders on down the road at the end of the day.
As the original petitioner wrote on CGOAB, "The kicker is the petition has to have at least 25,000 people sign it by December 15, 2012, to be considered. [...] To make it even tougher for them to consider it, the petition is not available to be publicly seen until at least 150 people sign the petition."
Pass this along to your SocMed contacts, too!
To sign the petition you must make an account at whitehouse.gov, and that means clicking on the Confirmation Link they send to your email address. (easy, takes 2 minutes)
Require the National Park Service to allow camping to all self-propelled visitors even if campground is full.
The National Park Service (NPS) currently do not permit a Park to allow additional overnight visitors if the campground is full.
Self-propelled visitors (SPV), a person arriving by foot, bicycle, canoe, or other mode of movement NOT utilizing a motorized vehicle, frequently arrive after the park campground has sold out. The vast majority of the SPV use a small tent. If a campground is sold out, a SPV may not be able to travel to the next available campground before dark.
Whereas a SPV visitor using a tent takes up very little space and has little environmental impact, we herpetitiontion the Federal Government to require the NPS to always allow SPV a place to legally camp for one night even if the campground is considered full.
(yeah, he misspelled 'hereby petition', oh well)
Hehe... I'm #2