Yellowstone, Smokies cited on endangered parks list
Yellowstone National Park
April 20, 1999
Web posted at: 5:01 p.m. EDT (2101 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The oldest and most visited U.S. national parks are among
those in jeopardy from pollution and overcrowding, the National Parks and Conservation
Association said Tuesday.
Citing crowds, noise, pollution, deteriorating historical artifacts and a lack of funding, the
park watchdog group released a list of what it called the 10 Most Endangered National
Problems detailed in the report include:
A crumbling sewage system at Yellowstone National Park that has dumped thousands of
gallons of wastewater into Yellowstone Lake and near Old Faithful.
Record-breaking air pollution at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Civil War artifacts rotting away at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Sprawling cities ruining habitat from the deserts of California's Mojave National Preserve
to south Florida's Everglades National Park.
Snowmobiles, roads and other intrusions into the Alaska park wilderness of Denali.
Top 10 Endangered U.S. National Parks
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
Denali National Park, Alaska
Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and Biscayne National Park,
Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North
Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
Mojave National Park, California
Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho
Source: National Parks and Conservation Association
"Just because a place is a national park doesn't mean it's automatically protected," said
NPCA President Thomas C. Kiernan. "There are very real threats to all of our national
parks, not only the parks on this list."
By highlighting the 10 parks, the association hopes to call attention to their neglect and
misuse and to get individuals involved in conserving their natural, historic, and cultural
resources, Kiernan said.
Kiernan also said increased federal funding for national parks is essential to meet the
backlog of needed maintenance, estimated at $4 billion.
The National Parks and Conservation Association is a private nonprofit organization
dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the U.S. National Park System.
The group said it plans to release the list annually.
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