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Overcrowded US National Parks Need a Reservation System

Overcrowded US National Parks Need a Reservation System

I’ve also studied the impacts of national park visitation and ways to keep the public from loving national parks to death. To coordinate management, Congress established the National Park Service and the National Park System in 1916. In 2019, a record-setting 327 million people visited the national parks, with the heaviest impacts on parks located near cities, like Rocky Mountain National Park outside Denver. This long list of postponed projects reflects Congress’ reluctance to adequately fund the national park system over many years. I believe the most popular national parks need a reservation system to save these protected lands from further damage.

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