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Hillebo i National Parks Corey Hillebo Dr. Mary Fry Liebich Freshman Writing II (English 105 LF/LH) 4/16/07 Iowa State University
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Hillebo / National Parks ♠ 1 National Parks National Parks are a “large ornamental piece of ground, usually comprising woodland and pasture, …, and used for recreation, and often for keeping deer”(Olwig, 1995 p. 525). These are usually large forests, deep canyons, wondrous waterfalls, and all other unique parts of the land that are natural. As time has passed, parks have become underfunded, overcrowded, and misused. National Parks all around the United States are threatened by today’s society and its views. “Bumper-to-bumper traffic on Yellowstone’s deteriorating roads. Closed gates at Yosemite. A 10-year wait to float through the Grand Canyon. Overcrowding of our national parks cannot be debated”(Anderson, 1996 p. 508). Obviously what we see here is due to low, if any, admission prices to see nature’s beauty. People say that
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Hillebo / National Parks ♠ 2 since it is America’s natural land that they should be able to use it for next to nothing. This couldn’t be furthest from the truth. If people use these large areas of land so often there has to be enough roads and staff to provide them the experience. Government funding has dropped off significantly and parks like Yellowstone are trying to run on a budget of $17 million per year when their need for improvements exceeds $250 million. This park has 2.2 million acres and well over 3 million visitors in a single year. In 1993 Yellowstone charged $1.30 per person
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