Thursday, March 27, 2008

Do you support the park?

In the last two weeks about 200 people have seen the power point presentation about the proposed "National Park of the Sea" in the far northern islands of the Marianas. The proposed designated area encompasses Uracas, Maug, Asuncion and a slice of the Mariana Trench.

Discussion about this has already popped up here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here....and here.

One of the bloggers created a Vizu poll to gauge support. So what do you think so far? Considering what you've heard in the presentations or seen in the media, do you support the park or not?


Tamara said...

Ok, so aside from voting on lil's poll and blogging about it, what else can we do? Is there a petition going around? Should we write letters of support and send them to the Governor?

tell us....

lil_hammerhead said...

I don't care what kind of an ass I may think you are. This is a great idea.. no, a brilliant idea.. and I'm big enough to wish you the best in this very good effort. A petition might be in order, if one isn't already going around.. and I mean a petition. One that is carried to the door of every resident. One that, when placed in front of every lawmaker and the Governor.. speaks volumes, without having to open it.

Dominic Pangelinan said...


I am all for a park/ecological preserve/or marine monument. But why does it have to be "national"?

I am worried about injecting politics into our love and the freedom of nature. Already people are up in arms about the feds laying claim to submerged lands of the Marianas.

Where do I book a trip to sail up through Maug? Will this be allowed or is it srictly off limits? Why don't we have a sailing race?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

If it is going to be world class and if there is going to be real enforcement, rather than token enforcement, it will require a National designation.

It will probably cost about $10 million per year to patrol those waters. The CNMI can't even afford to buy toilet paper for our schools.

This designation would not play a role in the submerged lands issue.

Why would designation make the place off limits? I don't understand that question.

Dominic Pangelinan said...

I guess I thought it might be off limits like ecological preserves that protect areas from human contact. I don't know. Are you allowed to get off the boat and walk on to shore or rocky outcroppings? Will they have camping permits?

Dominic Pangelinan said...

Maybe you can add it to the list of UNESCO World HEritage Sites.

Rick Jones said...


Is there anyplace online to check out the powerpoint presentation? If not, how could someone get to see it?

Without knowing anything about it I'd say this is a great idea, but I'd really like to know what it all entails.


lil_hammerhead said...

Not unlike any national park, folks will be able to enjoy the area. You can do just about all you want at Yosemite National Park.. kayak, hike, camp, etc. You just can't kill or abuse the wildlife, or deface the property. A National Park will also be more likely to bring in visitor development.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Maybe I'll try to get that up for carnival of the blue XI?

We'll see how much free time I have in Chuuk this week.

Ciara said...

I love the idea of the National Park. It's something new and different. I think it'll benefit the CNMI's economy if nothing else.

I'm all for it!