The United States of America has 59 national parks in total which are protected by the National Park Service. The bureau aims to conserve the natural scenic beauty of the areas along with the historic landmarks and wildlife that is native to them. The parks have been maintained as a source of enjoyment for tourists and locals alike, without impairing any of their ecological aspects. However, the mere existence of these parks is under threat.
Major Threats to U.S. National Parks
- Climate Change
The rising sea level and unstable temperatures are bound to have a negative impact on the national park system if it continues on its current trajectory. Glaciers may melt to nothing due to the rising heat while a long dry spells will make it easier for wildfires to ignite. The fluctuation in the annual rainfall will make it impossible for certain plant species to survive while the change in environment will force animals to move out of their natural habitat.
- Air Pollution
Even though the national park lands are protected from pollution, there are no barriers to prevent polluted air from entering the atmosphere. Toxic emissions from power plants lead to poor air quality, which is poisonous to the water supply and indigenous flora.
- Diminishing Water Supply
State rivers which have been the sole source of water for the majority of the national parks are being diverted to local towns and cities for agricultural and domestic use. With no access to freshwater, plants will wither and animals will be driven out of these areas.
- Lack of Funding
With a change in Presidency, public lands have moved further down the Administration’s priority list. President Donald Trump also ordered a ninety-day freeze on public hiring which was a huge setback for the National Park Service. The service is severely understaffed and requires additional employees to properly manage the vast lands that make up the parks.
The parks heavily rely on tourism for income but sadly, the number of visitors frequenting these public sites is falling each year. Many ancient sites and landmarks have also been desecrated by vandals to a state which is unrecoverable. Some parks have even started allowing motorized vehicles into the parks in an attempt to attract more traffic but only succeeding in facilitating further damage.
US national parks are home to some of the most iconic American landmarks and ecosystems which would be destroyed if something is not done to eliminate the threats.
Well-Known Natural Landmarks in US National Parks
- Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park
Angel’s Landing is an exciting hiking trail famous for its narrow rock pathways with deadly drops on either side. The hike concludes at a point of high altitude which offers magnificent 360-degree views.
- Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
This landmark is a sight to behold as the monolithic structure towers over the valley. It is illuminated at sunset and can be climbed to the top, passing by the Vernal and Nevada Waterfalls for a glorious view of the park.
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- Mount Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park
The mountain is prone to disappear for days on end behind a curtain of clouds during the monsoon season. It can be accessed from the park through a number of trails though the most popular one is on the south side. It leads to an area called Paradise which has vast meadows filled with wildflowers, set against the snowy top.
- Mesa Verde, Mesa Verde National Park
600 ancient cliff houses built by the Anasazi tribe are the most notable feature of this national park. Some of these are large structures encompassing 151 rooms and underground chambers known as kivas.
- Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park
Tourists come from far and wide to witness the famous Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone. The natural spring shoots a tower of water to the sky like clockwork. However, it has been reported there are fewer events recorded now due to global warming.
How You Can Help
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