On Thursday morning I announced my support for the creation of "a National Park of the Sea" encompassing a slice of the Mariana Trench and the three northern islands of Asuncion, Maug, and Uracus.
I spoke briefly about the project on Harry Blalock's Island Issues radio program on Friday morning. At the end I read Practicing My Culture, my blog post turned editorial turned speech. Harry has been playing my speech over the weekend as his Food for Thought, his weekly on air editorial of all things Saipan.
There have been newspaper articles and the local bloggers (here and here) have started to chime in, too.
A conversation is starting.
I believe that this is an excellent opportunity for the CNMI to improve our economy and protect our culture and natural resources. I'm looking forward to getting this idea out into the community, so that we can all judge it for its merits.
I haven't had a chance to put the presentation into blog form, but I will as soon as I have time. I've been kind of busy with the Jake Shimabukuro concert and meeting with people that have asked to see the proposal...and it's Easter.