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CUMBERLAND ISLAND TOURS

CUMBERLAND ISLAND TOURS

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The National Park Service says it's moving
ahead with plans for motorized tours of Cumberland Island after
officials determined the tours pose little threat to the Georgia
island's wilderness.
Dennis Parsons, Cumberland Island's chief park ranger, said
Friday the vehicle tours won't start for several months. The Park
Service still needs to provide funding for vehicles and extra
staff.
At 15-miles long, Cumberland Island is one of the largest
wilderness areas on the East Coast. For 25 years, its protected
status has required most visitors to tour the island by foot or on
bicycles.
About 43,500 people each year visit the Georgia island. Congress
ordered the Park Service to provide motor tours of Cumberland
Island in 2004.


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