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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 10:55am

Cumberland Island: Sounds and Pictures

Many people find national parks to be refuges of peace and quiet.

Increasingly, however, it's getting harder to find natural quiet in America's wild places.

On Georgia’s Cumberland Island, the National Park Service is planning to start motorized tours that some say amount to a threat to natural silence.

The tours would allow visitors to hop in a van for easy access to the island's most remote areas.

Hikers and other quiet-seeking adventurers have been trying to prevent the tours for many years.

Now, it's just a matter of time before they begin.

Click below to hear the story heard on GPB's
All Things Considered:

Click below to hear an interview with Gordon
, author of "One Square Inch of Silence: One
Man's Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World."

Click below to hear an interview with Mitty Ferguson,
of Cumberland Island's Greyfield Inn, talk about the
historic sites located in the island's wilderness areas:


Dan Shultz provided photos. Emily Green produced the slideshow. Thanks to Andrew MacCartney and Carl Zornes at GPB web support.