My 1st contention is national parks can actually negatively affect the environment, they draw thousands or even hundreds of thousands of visitors who all impact the environment, whether through pollution from cars or the impact of camping. The roads that are built for cars in the parks have a severe impact on the environment and the animals that are l m, iving there. according to ournationalparks.us “High levels of park attendance affiliated with vehicular traffic have caused the Yosemite National Park administration to wonder how it can still allow visitors to enjoy the exuberance of the park, but, at the same time, preserve the habitat of the more popular
The national parks of the United States are a part of the few remaining regions in the country where nature is relatively untouched and natural beauty can be observed. For over a century, national parks been popular vacation destinations for citizens and international tourists alike. Regulation and conservation of these areas is necessary to allow for continued visitation and enjoyment. The National Parks Service of the Department of the Interior was created with The National Park Service Organic Act (“The Organic Act”) to maintain the nation’s parks and ensure preservation of the land while encouraging use by the general public. Whether or not conservation and recreational use are independent of each has been argued within the government as well as among the general public for decades. Vague language used by The Organic Act’s authors has allowed for manipulation of the phrasing of the fundamental mission statement of the National Park Service to support or oppose a variety of decisions that will environmentally impact the parks. Personal opinions and conflicting priorities lead to much ambiguity in the long-term implementation of the National Park Service Organic Act.
In 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) celebrated 100 years of preservation and conservation of our nation’s parks, monuments, and historical sites. Currently, the federal government has proposed significant proposed budget cuts to the National Park Service. If the government makes these cuts, then Americans could lose the national parks along with the beauty, culture, and history that comes with them. This would happen because the NPS would lose most of its funding that is needed in order to keep the national parks wellpreserved. Investing in the NPS should be a priority in our nation because it provides educational programs, unites all ages and races, and preserves and conserves the national parks.
Starting in the 1800s, many Americans wanted to preserve the beauty of scenic natural wonders. They went to the government and asked them to create something called “national parks.” Responding to these calls, Congress and President Abraham Lincoln put California in charge of taking care of Yosemite during the civil war. The world’s first official national park was Yellowstone when it was created in 1872. Many more parks soon followed. National parks were created “For the benefit and enjoyment of the people” (Theodore Roosevelt). This is true because they have been protected and untouched by humans for anybody to see. There are rules about the use, creation, and conservation of national parks because they should be continued for future
Many do not realize how beneficial state parks and forests are for people and a state’s economy. Hundreds of people are employed by the state park system to maintain all of the parks and forests throughout the state. Parks and forests provide hundreds of people with the availability to exercise outdoors and stay active with their lives. They also provide wildlife habitats for many different species of animals and allow them to coexist with people in our world.
the role the national park will play into the future to provide benefit and relevant services to Canadians and a commitment to work with communities, organizations and individuals for a sustainable future and to sustain or improve the ecological integrity of the park.
Yosemite National Park, founded in 1890, thanks largely to the efforts of John Muir, is 748,000 acres situated in the Sierra Nevada mountain range within the state of California. The park, home to over 400 species of animals, five separate forests and zones, eight types of rocks and cliffs, and nine waterfalls, attracts many visitors. The park’s landscape changes with the seasons; there is also a variety of activities that visitors can participate in depending on the season and weather. The National Park Service strives to preserve Yosemite; it is home to many threatened and endangered species, wildflowers that only exist in Yosemite, and all the park’s geological features and natural beauty should not be harm by man.
The preservation of wilderness that national parks offer is comforting to us; we know that our true home is out there somewhere remaining pure; therefore we may continue living our daily lives with the comfort. However, as Cronon points out, our careful sectioning off of designated wilderness areas may lead to more environmental harm than good by possibly allowing a sense of irresponsibility to develop between people and the natural environment. Cronon explains that if we see the environment as only small sections of our world meant to be visited as if they served the same purpose as museums, then we cut ourselves off from the natural world and no longer feel a true responsibility toward it, or possess a real knowledge of it. Furthermore, in urban areas, people exist no longer as member of the natural world but as spectator of the nature. We live our daily life admiring the natural world and yet our ability to protect the nature and adopt a smart use of the natural resources becomes more and more weak as the time unfold. That is by far what Cronon calls the manifestation of our lack of knowledge about nature and how to use it. He tries to emphasis this by saying that “Idealizing a distant wilderness often means not idealizing the environment in which we live […] we need an environmental ethic that will tell us as much about using nature as not using it.”
National parks protect and preserve nature’s natural beauty. The vast, open land provides a safe place that allows native plants and animals to thrive in their natural environment. National parks not only protect plants, animals, and the natural beauty, but they also protect a place that might be important to people. Someone's ancestors might have walked through these very redwood forests. Thankfully, the forests are now protected and they would get a chance to experience how it felt like to walk through the amazing, tall, beautiful Redwood trees. Thanks to the amount of vegetation in national parks, they also help us clean the air because of the large amounts of carbon dioxide the vegetation releases, and oxygen it soaks in. So, national parks also help the environment, not just protect it, that's pretty cool. I guess it's their way of saying thank you to us for protecting them for the rest of their lives. National parks aren't all about nature though, they're also great places to visit, relax, and have fun with your family and friends. All national parks provide an abundance of exciting activities you can enjoy with your family, not just Redwood National Park. The final reason why national parks are so important is, they allow people to get educated on the world around but, in a fun and entertaining
Since the early 1920s to the 1970s, there has been a debate regarding the perceptions and standards by which national parks should be established and limiting the expansion of national parks, limiting access for people living in urban areas and threatening open spaces due to urban sprawl and over population. Gradually traditional perceptions gave way to the preservationists’ viewpoints which redefined and gradually expanded federal definition of national parks. This was to include areas that may not be extraordinarily scenic but still required environmental protection or allowed recreational access for urban citizens, allowing for expansion and more funding.
Yosemite National Park is truly one of America’s greatest gems. Its beauty and majesty have been formed over hundreds of millions of years through numerous geological events and processes. Yosemite has long been a popular topic for research for geologists, as the geological processes that formed it are of great interest.
In America’s national parks, the call of the wild grows dimmer. It’s being drowned out by the sound of computer keyboards producing whole new landscapes, these made of mountains of red tape – permits for photographers, for example.
The Issue of National Park conservation has become a widely controversial issue today. With the National debt reaching 17 trillion dollars some politicians think it is alright to either sell off national park land to commercial foresters, miners, and even foreign nations or to just close some parks entirely to make up some of the national debt. They are completely unaware that the parks arent just a “pretty area of land for tourists”. Many cities depend on the parks for their well-being. A quote from a local newspaper in California supports this “National parks don’t boast concession stands or charge tax, but data indicates they bring in millions of dollars to local economies each year”(Tree). Supporters of cutting the parks include big CEO’s of major companies and some of them not even in this country.