As frequents visitors to and avid supporters of our
national parks we contribute to several organizations whose missions involve
improving the park system as well as individual parks in the U.S. In recent
years funds have been cut which means staffs are smaller and maintenance issues
must often wait for years.
Jackson Lake at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
But U.S. National Parks have become even more necessary and more visited in 2021 as families re-emerge into tourist mode. National parks are seeing an influx of people arriving this summer, which has resulted they saying that we are “loving the parks to death.” The resulting creation of a reservation system has provided an additional layer of protection in some of the most popular parks.
Having enjoyed these parks without such restrictions, I wanted to understand how the parks came to be and how future parks might be created.
History of the National Park System
In 1933, by Executive Order, 56 sites were transferred from the Forest Service and the War Department to the National Park Service, expanding the park system in recognition of the historical, scenic, and scientific significance of these areas, deserving of special protection.
Parts of this article were reprinted from National Park Foundation site, firstname.lastname@example.org and Quick History of the National Park Service (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier