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America’s National Parks and The 8 Most Endangered Parks We May Lose!


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A wonderful article by Jon Waterman of Outside Magazine came across my feed this morning and I think it’s really important to share news like this so we’re all aware of what we’re all at risk of losing if we don’t stop and take note. It’s easy to assume someone else will stand in our stead on issues that matter, however, it’s important that we all do our part and contact those who can make a difference on our behalf.

President Woodrow Wilson established the National Park Service in 1916 to consolidate the management of America’s federal parklands under one agency. The National Park Service today manages 84 million acres across all U.S. states and territories and has served as a model for countries around the world. President Theodore Roosevelt is widely recognized as the definitive conservation president, Roosevelt set aside more than 230 million acres of land for posterity. However, years of underfunding and climate change are increasingly threatening the national park system. From the Everglades in Florida to Glacier in Montana, here are the ones we stand to lose:

The 8 Most Endangered National Parks:

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    North Carolina and Tennessee

    Established: 1934

  2. Glacier National Park

    Northern Montana

    Established: 1910
    Size: 1.01 million acres

    Size: 522,427 acres

  3. Indiana Dunes National Park

    Northern Indiana

    Established: 2019
    Size: 15,000 acres

  4. Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

    Northern Alaska

    Established: 1980
    Size: 8.4 million acres

  5. Saguaro National Park

    Southern Arizona

    Established: 1994
    Size: 91,445 acres

  6. Everglades National Park

    Southern Florida

    Established: 1947
    Size: 1.5 million acres

  7. Saguaro National Park

    Southern Arizona

    Established: 1994
    Size: 91,445 acres

  8. Joshua Tree National Park

    Southern California

    Established: 1994
    Size: 792,623 acres

To see the full article, check it out here at Great Outside Magazine Online and check out this accomplished author, Jon Waterman and follow his Twitter. The article is great at helping inform us as to what we can do to help these great national treasures avoid extinction!

If you’re a fan of Ken Burns and his cinematic masterpieces, or our National Parks, you *MUST* watch his epic series on America’s National Parks, it’s Available on Amazon here:

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Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature’s most spectacular locales, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” is a six-part, 12-hour documentary series by Ken Burns and his longtime colleague Dayton Duncan on the history of America s national parks. This is a story of people rich and poor, famous and unknown, soldiers and scientists, natives and newcomers, idealists, artists and entrepreneurs who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved and in doing so, reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy. – Go ahead, indulge yourself, it’s binge-worthy and a treat for the eyes, and an enriching, soulful journey for the heart and mind. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, but the history is rich and it will leave you feeling as if you have a deeper knowledge and understanding of the very reason the parks were established in the first place.  It’s received almost 2,200 reviews and they’re almost all glowing, with a 5 star average, you can’t do better than that. High five, Mr. Burns!

If you’re thinking about hitting the open road this summer, or fall when the country opens back up altogether, here’s a great read to do some research about our National Parks. This guide covers all 59 of our National Parks and it has great reviews. The Moon USA National Parks Guide by Becky Lomax is a #1 Rated Best Seller. It retails on Amazon for only $18.99 for paperback, or the Kindle version is only $16.49. A selling point of this guide, and why I personally recommend it over others is that it includes itineraries as well as strategic lists that makes planning your trips a breeze and headache free. Check it out here on Amazon.

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