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Monday, December 31, 2012 - 12:00pm

Parks Seek Comments On Principles

National Park Service officials want to know what the public thinks of Cumberland Island's guiding principles.

It's part of a nationwide effort updating nearly 400 foundation documents in the National Park System.

Foundation documents outline the core values and resources in each of the system's sites.

There are ten park service locations in Georgia, including National Monuments and Historic Sites.

Cumberland Island National Seashore Superintendant Fred Boyles says while foundation documents don't include specific actions or strategies, they do serve as a guide for future management and policy decisions.

"And it's also so that when park staff come and go and move on, it's a tool for them to use to establish those guiding principles for which the park was established," Boyles says. "The National Park Service has set a goal that every unit will have a foundation statement completed by the 100th anniversary of the Park Service's founding which is in August of 2016."

The park system has ten locations in Georgia including Battlefields and National Monuments.

Ocmulgee, Jimmy Carter and Andersonville sites also will write foundation documents in 2013.

Cumberland Island officials are seeking comments by January 11th.

Management of the 17-mile-long Seashore has produced its share of controversies over the years.

Past debates include the fate of wild horses, historic sites and public access to wild areas.

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