The National Parks

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Introduction

From magnificent mountains to active volcanoes, and from grand canyons to gushing geysers, the United States is home to some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. Americans have been enjoying it for generations thanks to the National Parks system.

140 years after the first park opened, there are 392 National Park areas across the country (in every state except Delaware!) covering 84 million acres that welcome almost 300 million visitors each year. As the number of visitors grow, industry encroaches and as the climate shifts, the preservers of the parks are working to keep the original mission — conservation — in sight so that they can be enjoyed by future generations. This series takes a look at a few of the parks and examines the challenges that America’s “national treasures” are facing.

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