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Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
New National Park: Pinnacles on 02/12/2013 21:09:32 MST Print View

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re New National Park: Pinnacles on 02/12/2013 21:13:48 MST Print View

Why can't they designate a wilderness area instead? I fail to see how making it a park helps.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re New National Park: Pinnacles on 02/12/2013 21:54:10 MST Print View

Luke, it is a political game.

It doesn't really cost any federal dollars to elevate a national monument to become a national park. The national park will get a lot more visitors, and that means more tourist dollars spent in the local economy around the new park.

Some local congressman probably put the president up to it.

I mean, it is a pleasant little park if you can hit there in the springtime before it gets very hot. The cave can be a pleasant walk if you don't mind knee-deep cold water. However, you can cover that park pretty good in one day.


Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Politics of national parks on 02/13/2013 10:18:32 MST Print View

A national park cannot be created by the President alone, it requires an Act of Congress signed by the President. That is why very few have been added since our only two genuinely pro-environmental presidents, Johnson and Nixon. Each designation (Wilderness Area, Wilderness Study Area, National Forest, National Monument, National Historic Place, and so on) has its own statutory and regulatory restrictions and rules. For example, hunting is allowed in Wilderness Areas but not a national park. Pro-development or extraction (logging) have blocked new national parks because they know very well that once made into a national park an area will never lose that designation, which would require Congress to pass a new law repealing the original designation. The public won't go for that.

Conservationists here in Montana have been working for years to expand some Wilderness Areas and designate new ones, and see the Pinnacles designation as a great first step.