Reader Participation Survey: Let's Build A Top 10 Most-Endangered Park List
OK. You knew this day was coming. After reading stories about imperiled parks week in and week out on the Traveler, it's time that you tell us which parks you think are most imperiled.
Lord knows there are plenty of candidates. Glacier National Park has its mining issues (not too mention its waning glaciers), Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah National Park struggle with air quality issues, Yosemite National Park has traffic woes in the Yosemite Valley while Yellowstone National Park has its snowmobile saga.
And those are just for starters.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore has issues with ORV traffic -- depending on your point of view, the seashore doesn't provide enough leeway for the rigs, or allows too much. Grand Canyon National Park has river corridor problems due to the lack of natural flows of the Colorado River, Acadia National Park struggles with high ozone levels in summer, Rocky Mountain National Park has too many elk and too much nitrogen.
What else? Hmmmm. Virgin Islands, Biscayne, and Dry Tortugas national parks are threatened by warming, overly acidic, ocean waters that are damaging coral reefs, Everglades National Park doesn't have enough water (and too many pythons!), and those parks that touch any one of the Great Lakes are threatened by non-native species.
We could go on, but you get the idea. So, help us put together a Top 10 Endangered Parks list and we'll forward it to the powers in charge.