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Backpacker Magazine – November/December 2005

The Future Of National Parks

Everyone loves national parks--but are they being loved to death? Join representatives from the Park Service, Department of the Interior, Sierra Club, American Hiking Society, and more to explore the fate of this embattled American institution.

by: Peter Flax, BACKPACKER Executive Editor


Dave Foreman I love Everglades, and we've made an ethical stand to restore it. But we have to face the reality that all that money would be better spent elsewhere, because in 20 years it will be under water due to global warming.

Fran Mainella Actually, I think all of our parks are in very good condition.

Mark Udall I can understand how the Secretary and the Director want to focus on the good news, and there is legitimate good news. At the same time, the parks can play the canary-in-the-coal-mine role for us as a society when it comes to crowding or air quality. Rather than shy away from these challenges, I think we're better served by saying, "OK, here's the reality, what do we do?"



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