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5 Man-Made Threats to Our National Parks


Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, conservation, protection )

Cher
- 291 days ago - greenerideal.com
It's easy to view nature as powerful and unchangeable. After all, the geological processes behind the geysers of Yellowstone and the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park had already been at work for millions of years before the first human ancestor



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Kit B. (277)
Monday July 1, 2013, 9:28 am

Anyone that has seen a picture of the Pyramids and the area of housing pushing against these magnificent monuments, can see why we must protect what we have. Enjoy but protect.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:14 am
all of these things are coming together right now, we are in trouble
 

Allan Yorkowitz (461)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:42 am
Great comparison Kit.
 

Barbara D. (107)
Monday July 1, 2013, 12:03 pm
All far too true!! Beautiful pic of National Monument Valley ~ one of the most protected landmarks in North America. Maybe because it's in Navajo Nation federal lands, not U.S. federal lands?????
 

Clifton Jackson (124)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:01 pm
Thanks!
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (171)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:05 pm
Piękne parki narodowe należy chronić za wszelką cenę.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:39 pm
Thank you.
 

Joanne Dixon (34)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:00 pm
There is a National Parks Conservation Association, which many here probably already belong to. If you don't, check it out.
 

Dianna M. (12)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:13 pm
I've tried telling the Congress people from Nebraska that there are businesses near these places that also depend on the tourists to these parks, but they don't seem to care. After all, these are the SMALL businesses that are supposed to be hurt by Democrats' policies . . . not the BIG businesses that contribute to their campaigns and hold the liens on their souls.
 

Sharon W. (4)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:29 pm
Oh no :(
But good that it has been noticed and brought to the public eye! As National Parks are sources of great tourist revenue, I am sure that they will be protected by the communities around them.
 

Birgit W. (135)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:46 pm
Thank you.
 

Muriel Servaege (37)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:29 pm
Thank you.
 

. (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:05 pm
Great article, Cher. Thanks for sharing.
 

Debbie Tate (17)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:07 pm
Informative article, Thanks and noted.
 

Constance F. (434)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 4:58 am
6. killing off top predators which further disrupt the eco balance and degrade the land.

"Without wolves and other large predators, ecosystems can go haywire. A 2001 study (PDF) found that when wolves went extinct in Yellowstone, for example, the moose population ballooned to five times its normal size and demolished woody vegetation where birds nested. As a result, several bird species were eliminated in the park."

"When wolves disappeared from Yellowstone, coyotes preyed on pronghorn almost to the point of no return. But since wolves have returned, the pronghorn have come back. In fact, pronghorns tend to give birth near wolf dens, since coyotes steer clear of those areas."

"Wolves help protect against climate change. A 2005 UC Berkeley study in Yellowstone concluded that milder winters, a product of climate change, have led to fewer elk deaths. This left scavengers like coyotes and ravens scrambling for food, but the problem was far less pervasive in areas where wolves were around to hunt elk. "
Wolves help protect against climate change. A 2005 UC Berkeley study in Yellowstone concluded that milder winters, a product of climate change, have led to fewer elk deaths. This left scavengers like coyotes and ravens scrambling for food, but the problem was far less pervasive in areas where wolves were around to hunt elk.




 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:38 am
A wake-up call - thanks for sharing
 

Tom Tree (247)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 6:46 am
SCARY STUFF !

Noted & Shared
Thank You for bringing to OUR attention !
 

Winn Adams (178)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 7:09 am
Pretty Scary - thanks.
 
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