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Cover Image: CQ Researcher National Parks Under Pressure v.16-35
  • Date: 10/06/2006
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CQ Researcher National Parks Under Pressure v.16-35
Tom Arrandale, Freelance Writer

The National Park System is threatened by pollution, invasive species, climate change and encroaching development. Moreover, budget constraints are making the national parks and other units in the system not only more dangerous to visitors but also less satisfying and less educational, some observers warn. To compensate for funding shortfalls, parks are raising entrance fees, soliciting corporate donations and cutting ranger programs. Underlying the challenges is a fundamental struggle between recreational users - such as snowmobilers and jet skiers - and traditionalists who say preserving the parks' tranquility and fragile resources should always remain the paramount mission. Meanwhile, "gateway communities" say park officials should take their economic survival into account as they try to keep the parks meaningful for 274 million visitors a year and preserve natural values for future generations.

Tom Arrandale, Freelance Writer

Tom Arrandale is a freelance writer in Livingston, Mont., reporting on environmental, natural resource and wildlife issues. He is a columnist for Congressional Quarterly's Governing magazine and has written for Planning Magazine, High Country News and Yellowstone Journal. He authored The Battle for Natural Resources (CQ Press, 1983). He serves on the Livingston Historic Preservation Commission and Board of Adjustment. He visits Yellowstone National Park regularly to hike, snowshoe and photograph wildlife. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a history degree and from the University of Missouri with a master's degree in journalism.

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