Source: National Parks Conservation Association, 2008
From the press release:
As millions of Americans head to our country’s national parks for the upcoming July 4 weekend, a new report from the nation’s leading voice for the national parks, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), offers the first-ever, science-based evaluation of the condition of the natural and cultural resources in the National Park System, including the wildlife, scenic vistas, historic buildings, and artifacts that visitors are hoping to see.
According to NPCA’s report, The State of Our National Parks: A Resources Index, national parks earned lower than acceptable scores, indicating serious, yet surmountable challenges. Based on this assessment by its Center for State of the Parks, NPCA is calling for action from the next Administration and Congress.
Source: National Parks Conservation Association, State of the Parks, July 2007
From the press release:
The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today released a report that highlights threats to the natural features and cultural sites in six national parks along the Great Lakes–Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin; Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana; Isle Royale National Park, Michigan; Keweenaw National Historical Park, Michigan; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan; and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan.
The report describes these sites and their significance, and summarizes resource conditions. Also noted are funding and staffing considerations, park planning efforts, resource education opportunities, and external support provided by volunteers and partner organizations.
According to NPCA’s Center for State of the Parks report, the Great Lakes parks face threats from air and water pollution, non-native species that are seriously damaging ecosystems, adjacent development, and funding shortfalls that are threatening every aspect of the parks.
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