Reader Participation Day: Should Economics Be Considered When Adding Units To The National Park System?
When Fort Monroe National Monument and Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park were added to the National Park System recently, officials touted their economic benefits. Which has the Traveler wondering: Should economics be a factor when considering the merits of potential units of the park system?
While it's certainly a plus if a new unit can contribute to the surrounding area's economy, shouldn't the emphasis on considering new units be on whether they are truly culturally or historically significant to the country, or have outstanding natural resources?
Do you think economics should be stripped from the aspects under consideration when future sites are proposed to the park system?