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International park draws fire

  Supporters of an international park said, "Nature knows no borders," but protesters at a recent Seattle conference didn't agree. Two hundred park demonstrators marched and chanted, "What do we want? No park!" while United States and Canadian park representatives talked about joining recreation areas and parks in the 11 million-acre North Cascades ecosystem. Protesters fear an international park would jeopardize the millions of acres now in private timber and farmlands. But Dale Crane, Northwest director of the National Parks and Conservation Association, says, "We have repeatedly said that we would limit our proposal to federal lands." The new park would combine the existing North Cascades National Park with Manning Provincial Park, expand the Skagit Recreation Area and create special management areas for limited resource extraction. The international park concept has received strong support from both Assistant U.S. Interior Secretary George Frampton and the National Park Service.