Along with the encroaching mining and drilling industry, the NPS is experiencing substantial cutbacks on federal funding. A 2017 memorandum by President Trump aims to halt most federal hiring. Rangers are working with crumbling infrastructure and are significantly understaffed. They're finding it more and more challenging to protect, maintain, and meet the demands of the record breaking numbers of visitors flowing in and out of the parks.
Have some spare time? Do you live near a National Park? National Parks are often times taking in volunteers. Do it as a solo mission or start volunteer groups with your friends and family to help spear-head some of the projects that parks are struggling to finish.
American citizens are involved in politics now more than ever. It's up to us to keep this momentum going and continue to be the voice for our federal lands. Visit the National Park Advocacy page to learn about what pressing issues the parks are facing and how you can help by voting or contacting your state representative. For those new to the world of politics and political action or if you just want to make it easier on yourself we recommend the Countable app. Countable gives you the ability to review upcoming legislation before the US Congress, email your representatives and express your support or opposition of the bill.
Attending your state town hall meetings on subjects regarding our federal can have a huge impact on the decision making of your representatives. Here you can have your voice heard by speaking directly to them. Remember, this a democracy, the government works for us.
So, what is important to us? In the future, we may hopefully see solar or other more sustainable sources of energy start to have a larger impact and reach in our country. However, we cannot overlook the current economic dependency on oil. We also cannot overlook the growing boom of the outdoor industry. But looking outside of finances and politics, do we really care so little about our past presidents and parents goals and wishes? Do we care so little about the special places in our country? We want our children's children to be able to look on in wonder at the towering majesty of Yosemite, or the vast beauty of Yellowstone. We grow, when we play in Mother Nature. She teaches us more about ourselves. So instead of saying we must make room for more factories, maybe we can start looking forward to making more room for nature, and continue to coexist, instead of walking backwards to tread on the dreams and goals of millions just to add more money to an industry that will, without a doubt, come to an end.
Written by: Brittany Parker
Co-Author: Ian Fodder Davis