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1 Lecture 16: National Parks and Wilderness 1. National Park system facts. 2. Internal problems 3. External problems 4. National Wilderness System Facts Arches National Park, UT National Park Service • 380 units (parks, monuments, historic sites, battlefields, recreation areas) • 33 million ha (= NM plus Connecticut) ht p:/ www.dumbo.ai.kyutech.ac.jp/teigo/image/picture.html Grand Canyon = National Park National Monuments less famous George Washington’s birthplace is a National Monument. Mount Vernon (Washington’s home as an adult) is part of a National Park. But more important difference: National Monuments can be created by _____________. National Parks can only be created by _____________________. Visitation to system • ~270 million visitors / year • Most visited park is Great Smoky Mtns 9.2 mill / yr. Original mandate • 1. Protect _________________ • 2. Provide __________________. SOMETIMES THESE MANDATES CONFLICT!
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2 Problems 1. Too many ______ Solutions A. Increase fees so people can’t afford to go. (But that violates second mandate) B. Move facilities out of park.
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