Public Parks And National Parks

2160 Words Mar 30th, 2016 9 Pages
Protected public lands, including national parks, cover a growing 12% of the world’s land and a gradually rising amount of marine areas (Dudley, et al. 87). Today, in the United States (U.S.) alone, 59 national parks compromise the country’s National Parks System, which was sanctioned by Congress and is managed by National Parks Service (NPS), an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The parks have become a controversial topic in recent legislation because some representatives are lobbying for change in ownership and management of the parks to create more economic return. Although the parks confer multiple benefits and costs on the U.S, perhaps the most contentious area of debate concerns the cost-benefit dichotomy of the parks’ collective economic value.
While some experts argue that the taxes required to maintain national parks are burdensome, or that management is often ineffective in preserving the parks’ economic benefit, others believe that their overall benefit to local communities and the national economy is noteworthy. These debates are often divided along party lines, with conservatives denouncing the parks’ costs,especially in restricting individual economic prospects, and liberals urging the federal preservation of the land for its values. Furthermore, solutions to achieve effective governance of public lands, or commons, such as those proposed in the stimulus source“The Struggle to Govern the Commons,” can be implemented in order to preclude the…
Open Document