The Importance Of National Parks

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With ecological problems rising, national parks are seen as a staple in the cause for preservation. National parks were created for the purpose of preserving major areas of land in order to protect various species, vegetation, and the overall environment of that area. Because most parks contain intense scenic views, such as the Grand Canyon, many people travel from all over the world to visit them. This large influx of people made national parks major tourist attractions, which eventually lead to the addition of manmade trails, paved roads, and other attractions to maintain tourism in the parks. The introduction of humans into these wild preserves created a controversy between various academics and raised the question of how humans impact national parks. Many see that humans and their machines cause great harm to the protected species, whether it is hikers causing damage to vegetation, the immense emissions being released from over thousands of cars belonging to tourists, harm brought to animals through human error and littering, etc. Various academics see human impact within national parks as harmful and that the free reign of humans within parks should be reigned in to a minimum. However, there are other academics that see human visitation in parks as a benefit rather than a source of damage. Some academics believe that the national parks are under extreme threats due to the growing decrease in tourism. They argue that the visitor experience within national parks educates
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