Beginning with the obvious benefit of a National Park, it’s no secret that they are an irreplaceable source of natural beauty. National Parks contain some of the most unique and gorgeous pieces of nature. These places are home to a plethora of creatures and critters, from large hulking deer to the tiny, creepy crawlies.
The Grand Canyon is home to lizards, snakes, deer, mountain lions and goats. Yellowstone National Park has a multitude of critters, big and small from bison to wolves to rabbits. Biodiversity is a huge benefit of our National Parks and a lot of these creatures cannot survive outside their habitats.
National Parks hold a culture and historic significance for many people across the world. Many Indigenous tribes still live in these areas and provide important and valuable knowledge to those who wish to learn. They are connected culturally and spiritually to these places and there’s no other place they’d rather be. They wish to preserve their lands for the future so that their history and culture can live on. Supai Village in the Grand Canyon is home to a few hundred people.
National parks have a huge economic impact. They create jobs, bring in tourists and generate millions of dollars in revenue and value every year. Environmental tourism, or eco-tourism, is a trend that shows no sign of slowing down.
In 2015, Yellowstone earned almost $5 million dollars and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia generates more than $4 billion dollars per year thanks to tourism!
Finally, but perhaps most importantly, we can’t forget how these beautiful lands are open for us to see, breath in, experience and most of all, enjoy. Visiting a National Park is one of the most rewarding things you can do.
In these times, it is important to support our National Parks. We need to start preserving them now, not just for us but for the future. They contribute so much to us economically, historically, aesthetically and spiritually. We can’t ignore this any longer.