Sadly our efforts as a nation are getting worse :(
Yellowstone became the first National Park in 1872
Other National Parks include Yosemite, Mesa Verde, the Everglades, and the Grand Canyon
Protection is established by the U.S. Government and the National Parks and Wildlife Services
27 U.S. states have national parks, with California having the most with 9
Obama broke the record for establishing the most protected land in presidential history
22 additional national parks were established under the Obama administration
Despite backlash from oil and gas companies, Obama expanded millions of acres of land to be protected by the National Parks and Wildlife Service
Obama implemented internal initiatives, including prohibiting water bottles from being sold in national parks and pushing forward laws to protect marine life from fishing
Ryan Zinke, the Head of the Department of the Interior is looking to cut funding toward national parks by shrinking current borders
There is an astonishing increase in the number of government officials who deny climate change
Natural resources found within national parks will be sold privately
The tourism industry for the 27 states with natural parks is declining
Less land = less wildlife = less workers needed
Protect Our Public Lands
With the Trump Administration and head of the Department of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke, the threat to maintain our public lands, especially National Parks, is at an all time high.
As U.S. citizens, Empower Parks believes that we all have a social responsibility to ensure our public land receive proper funding for the protection of animals, natural resources, park employees, and local economic stability made possible by the U.S. National Park Service.
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