The Guardian on National Parks

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Re: The Guardian on National Parks

Post by dave54 » Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:54 am

The National Park Service was created to promote public use of the Parks.

The NPS Organic Act:..."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 purpose of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life 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".

The phrases 'provide for the enjoyment' and 'leave them unimpaired' are becoming mutually exclusive.

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Re: The Guardian on National Parks

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Re: The Guardian on National Parks

Post by Wandering Daisy » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:54 am

The NP act says PRESERVE the scenery, etc, FOR the enjoyment, SUBJECT TO the form of enjoyment not impairing future generations from the same. Preservation comes first, because without preservation, there will be nothing TO enjoy. I do not see that as a conflict. To me it is pretty straight forward preservation agenda. The wilderness act simply limits the bounds of "enjoyment" not include roads and other permanent man-made features. The debate should be on what exactly constitutes "enjoyment" particularly now that technology is invading all spaces. Many National Parks are a combination of the older version of "parks" with the designation of wilderness areas within the parks, if there are such lands that meet criteria for wilderness preservation. Within the entire system is another designation, as National Recreation Areas. In these, easy access and recreation IS the main objective. For example, Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding reservoirs.

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Re: The Guardian on National Parks

Post by Harlen » Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:59 pm

Luckydrew wrties:
The pristine Yosemite of Muir is not a reality for anyone living today - and it never will be.

Well lets see: Yosemite is sadly missing all of its gray wolves and grizzly bears, and most of its bighorn sheep, and its former populations of giant sequoias, and other conifers have been much reduced... on the other hand, bighorns are being been successfully reintroduced here and there, and because of the consolidation of visitor use in The Valley, vast areas of Yosemite's National Parkland have been nicely preserved in the interest of the the remaining wildlife, and for people interested in "wilderness" travel.

Yosemite Valley was sacrificed for the greater ecological good, and likewise, we should be willing to make personal sacrifices. E.g., though I wouldn't like it, I would be willing to follow a rule to have just 2 entries into the Park per season, and hopefully, more entries allowed during the off-season. There are so many other areas to enjoy; however, I'm not sure how much limiting us locals would ease the crowding problems.

As for developing other areas of the Park for the visitor's enjoyment, should we worry about how that might play out? Do we want telepheriques and gondolas strung about the peaks? I'll bet that those of us who have traveled in the European Alps will abhor the introduction of a European-style hut system. Do we really need 4 course meals and fine wine in the mountains? I reckon even our wine-guy Balzacom would disapprove?

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