National Park Week Inspires a Look at Our Green Gems
Now is a great time to visit existing national parks, and also to take notice of other areas that may soon earn national park designation. “There are many areas in the country that deserve national park status,” Kristen Brengel, legislative director of the National Parks Conservation Association, told Mel White, writing for National Geographic.
Sites under consideration include a 182-mile stretch of the southern Hudson River Valley in New York state, Mount St. Helens in Washington state and a 3.2-million-acre plot of land in northern Maine, among others.
A program called Vanishing Treasures, which assesses and documents park damage and conducts repairs, has been putting close to $1 million into park projects every year since 1998. But archaeologists, park service workers and volunteers say that is not nearly enough funding to preserve ancient cultural relics, such as adobe structures and cave dwellings.
Meanwhile, federal officials claim that illegal plots of marijuana growing in national forests are damaging the ecosystems there. Mexican cartels are using America’s national forests to grow marijuana and in the process, are polluting the forests.
Featuring cinematography captured over a six-year period, which Burns feels is “the most stunning” footage in the history of Florentine Films, the series is a dual biography of the parks’ landscape and characters.
The National Park Service also offers a comprehensive section on park histories, organized by park name, from A to Z. Each park has a list of links and PDF documents with specific historical details to aid in your research.
For a complete guide to national parks, see findingDulcinea’s National Parks Web Guide. The guide presents the best links to finding more information on U.S. national parks, camping and activities in our parks, national park volunteer and work opportunities, wilderness organizations and more.