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US National Parks have never been so popular.


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Because cheap gas.

No, seriously. 

As the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its centennial in August, the national parks have never been more popular.

Total recreational visits to all NPS sites topped 300 million in 2015, an astounding 14 million increase from 2014. (In addition to the national parks, NPS sites include national historic sites, national monuments, national lakeshores and seashores, and so on.) Homing in on just the 58 national parks that reported visitation in 2015, recreational visits1 totaled 75.3 million, besting the 1997 record of 69.5 million.

The National Parks Have Never Been More Popular | FiveThirtyEight

NYT Room For Debate: Should Overcrowded National Parks Have Restricted Access?

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/05/26/should-overcrowded-national-parks-have-restricted-access?ref=opinion

Should Overcrowded National Parks Have Restricted Access? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

I don't buy the argument for restricted access. 

DEBATERS:

1) Charge for Attendance at the Most Popular Parks; REED WATSON, PROPERTY AND ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH CENTER

2) Limiting Access to Parks Is Rarely Necessary; PHIL FRANCIS, COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA'S PARKS

3) An Issue that Doesn’t Resonate With Many African-Americans; DIANNE GLAVE, AUTHOR, "ROOTED TO THE EARTH"

4) Attract Americans to Lesser-Visited Parks; RACHEL DEMOTTS, PROFESSOR OF GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS

Seems like the healthy debate indicates that things are fine the way they presently are. :)

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