Saturday, August 19, 2006


National Park Foundation Agrees
(PS FORD wants you too)

.. On the Official Site of THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (link above,) is a box with flash presentations that are labeled "National Park Features."
.. These are the "FEATURES:"
. #1 Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System,
. #2 Official Federal Recreation Lands Photo Contest,
. #3 From Sea To Shining Sea,
. #4 Purchase Your National Parks Pass,
. #5 The Soul Of America.
The Federal agencies and bureaus participating in the Share The Experience™ Photo Contest<br />do not endorse the views, businesses, products or services of any other participating entity.

.. Go to the Official Federal Recreation Lands Photo Contest Page, and read it carefully. Your Park System asks you to send the National Park Foundation some of your pictures with the possibility of one of those photographs being used on the National Parks Pass. They also tell you that you have a chance to win a Ford Escape, trips to Federal Recreation Lands, and Casio digital cameras and gear. Good deal - right?

.. The Fine Print: The National Park Foundation, has a "privacy policy" that gives your personal information to Casio, Ford, ePrize LLC, and other 'partners.'
Notwithstanding the foregoing, whenever The National Park Foundation sponsors any contest or sweepstakes or other promotion (each a "Promotion"), any personally identifiable information ("PI") you may submit as a participant in such Promotions will be used and archived only in accordance with, and for the purposes of, such Promotions and shared only with third parties who administer the Promotion.
.. The Casio Policy is just about the same, but worse.
The Information We Collect and How We Use It
Required information. There are pages on this site where we request specific information about you, in order to register you for membership on the site, process your orders, fulfill your requests for information, and to communicate with you about past orders and to keep your knowledge about our products and services current. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:

* Name
* Address
* Email address
* Phone number
* Optional Demographic Information
* Age Group
* Earning Bracket
* Gender
.. Ford's Policy is similarly self interested.
There are instances where Ford Motor Company requests personally identifyiable information to provide site visitors with a service. This information, such as name, mailing address, email address, and type of request, is collected and stored in a manner appropriate to the nature of the request, as determined by Ford Motor Company, to fulfill your needs. To reiterate, all information you provide is used to improve the services offered by Ford Motor Company. This information may also be provided to our agencies for use on behalf of Ford Motor Company in accordance with our proscribed privacy statement.
.. So here's the deal. You submit some pictures that become the property of The National Park Foundation & can be used by them for whatever purposes that they choose. Ford, Casio, & ePrize, LLC get invaluable - highly targeted - marketing information. You get a "CHANCE" to win something.
.. Just another way that your NPS serves the mission of the parks - by directing you to this supposed contest. Who paid for web site development? Who pays for the hosting? Who does the processing?
.. These are legitimate questions about the doings of the NPS. especially in times of diminished resources. It's a shame that the NPS has such poorly talented photographers that they need to be bribed to get some suitable photos. There is a photo below we'll allow them to use for free.
.. In case you're wondering just what the NPS should be doing;
below is an excerpt from the
that created the "SERVICE?"

The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.
*** This title is not an official short title but merely a popular name used for the convenience of the reader. The Act has no official short title. The National Park Service Organic Act (16 U.S.C. l 2 3, and 4), as set forth herein, consists of the Act of Aug. 25 1916 (39 Stat. 535) and amendments thereto.
.. By the way, The National Park Foundation is a congressionally chartered organization with corporate members and the Secretary Of Interior. CHARTER, ABOUT, STORE -SPEND SOME $$$$, Proud Partners - FORD OF COURSE!
.. If Ford really cared, they would develop the zero pollution - silent - vehicle for Yellowstone's Winters. Fat Chance - skiers would still complain!
Lake View (c) yellowstoner