To view wildlife is one of the chief reasons people visit parks. What would the rugged hills of Yellowstone be without the grizzlies and wolves crossing them, or the turquoise waters of Biscayne without the sea turtles swimming amongst its reefs? Even the National Park Service’s own emblem features a bison, a species once faced with extinction but, thanks in part to national parks, is once again thriving.
Unfortunately, too many members of Congress are working to remove safeguards for wildlife in the very places these animals should be protected.
During the previous Congress, both the House and Senate passed legislation threatening the safety of wildlife both within and surrounding national park lands. Legislation included removing protections for Rocky Mountain wolves and allowing damaging beach driving at Cape Hatteras that would harm sea turtles and their sensitive nesting habitat. Luckily, none of this legislation became law.
Unfortunately, the current Congress is picking up where the last left off, introducing legislation that would dismantle protections for certain species and undermine the Endangered Species Act. We must stop these efforts in their tracks.
We need champions in Congress that will support the Park Service’s primary mission of conservation and will resist efforts to weaken that mission so that wildlife can continue to thrive in our national parks.