2. Lake Clark
This is one of the least-visited national parks, in remote Alaska and is staggeringly beautiful. And, unfortunately, threatened.
A new gold rush has inspired 1,000 square miles’ worth of gold claims since 2003 — directly adjacent to Lake Clark National Park, and near to Katmai National Park, in the salmon-rich headwaters of Bristol Bay, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.
Late in 2008, the Bush Administration opened another 1 million acres of nearby federal lands to mining. Most threatening is the Pebble Mine, which is even being opposed by many jewelry makers because it poses such an environmental threat.
You’d better visit soon if you have ever craved an experience in untouched Arctic nature, on the Pacific ring of fire.
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