Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Six Easy Things You Can Do to Help Save the Parks

As many of you may know, there is some concern that the National Parks are in trouble. As covered in our article about the struggles of preserving nature in an all-access environment, the parks service was already facing plenty of challenges. Visitorship of the parks is at an all time high, but this has created scores of conservation problems. Republicans in both Utah and Maine have asked President Trump to make the completely unprecedented move of decertifying national parks in their states. Parks Service employees have “Gone Rogue” on social media. These are truly troubling times for the Parks. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Six Easy Things You Can Do to Help Save the Parks

Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Privatizing the Parks!?

These are troubling times for the National Parks. Decades of chronic underfunding has left our National Parks System with a $12 Billion maintenance backlog. The Parks Service has arrived at a critical crossroads between conflicting goals of its mission: Access and Preservation. Movements by State Republicans to decertify Bear Ears National Monument in Utah and Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine threaten individual parks, but one ever looming, increasingly popular idea threatens the parks as a whole: Privatization. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Privatizing the Parks!?

Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Access vs. Preservation

These NPS goals of preserving our national wonders and providing access to them have coexisted virtually since the beginning of the Parks Service, but times are ever changing. With a record high of over 300 million park visits in 2015, and with every indication of more record-setting years to come, the National Parks are silently falling into crisis at the same time that they are trumpeting some of their greatest successes. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Access vs. Preservation

Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Meet the Next Interior Secretary

President Trump announced that he would be nominating Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke to be the next Secretary of the Interior. Given the Importance of this position in relation to the National Park’s Service, the editors of the FFB thought it appropriate to include a profile of the Congressman in our Revisiting America’s Best Idea Series. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Meet the Next Interior Secretary

Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Obama’s Park Legacy

It is unlikely that twenty years from now President Obama will be remembered for his National Parks policies. Regardless, his actions have ensured that the principles behind the park service — the idea that our natural and cultural resources should be preserved for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations — continue on. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Obama’s Park Legacy

Revisiting America’s Best Idea: The History of the National Park Service

There is something uniquely American about the wilderness. It greeted us when the first European settlers landed on America’s eastern shores; it fed us and was the source of our national wealth through timber and produce as those first settlers expanded up and down the east coast; it challenged us, resisted us, and fed us as we expanded west with our young nation; and, even in the modern digital world we’ve created, it continues to seduce us. It seems only natural that we, as a society, would want to preserve and protect these natural treasures which are so integral to our culture and which, in the minds of many Americans, rival or even surpass Europe’s cathedrals and the Egypt’s pyramids. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: The History of the National Park Service