National Park Group Points Out System Weaknesses

June 30, 2011 by   - () Comments Off on National Park Group Points Out System Weaknesses

America’s national parks suffer from a “serious illness,” but a conservation group is pointing to a multipronged cure: boost funding, protect artifacts, rein in development, guard against climate change, enforce environmental laws, control non-native species, reintroduce native ones and even create more parks.

So recommends the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), which urged the Obama administration Tuesday (June 28) to develop a long-term plan to address the many challenges facing the National Park Service and provided a road map for action in its “State of America’s National Parks” report, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The organization, a nonprofit park-advocacy group, hopes to see information from the report, which studied 80 of the 394 National Park Service units over 10 years, used in a five-year plan leading up to the 100th anniversary of the park service in 2016.

“Our national parks are places we go for reflection, inspiration and connection to our national heritage — they are places we as Americans decided to protect to showcase where America’s story has unfolded. But new data shows that our national parks are in serious jeopardy,” said Tom Kiernan, NPCA president. “As we approach the centennial of the National Park Service, we have a responsibility to ensure our American treasures are preserved and protected for the future.”

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