Support for our National Parks

In today’s political climate it is rare to find something that can win the support of 95% of likely voters. For those who love the outdoors, however, it comes as no surprise that the unifying topic is the preservation and upkeep of our National Parks.

The National Park Hospitality Association (NPHA) and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) conducted a poll that discovered more than 80% of likely voters have visited a National Park sometime over the course of their life. Other statistics quoted in the poll include the fact that 90% are interested in visiting a National Park sometime in the future while 60% would love to stay at an official park lodge at some point in time. Whether exploring the Everglades in Florida or the Tetons in Wyoming, visitors to National Parks are treated to scenery that seems to embody the diversity that is America.

It is heartening to see that the general public feels that the parks are an important resource and should be both protected and cherished. Amazingly, those polled, regardless of their political party, are primarily against any reduction in funding for the National Parks and the National Park system. The poll also showed that voters believe any candidate that takes a stand for protecting our National Parks is a candidate who is likely to care about the environment.

The National Park Service is turning 100 in 2016. The various parks across the nation have long stood as a symbol of the natural beauty and varying terrain across the country. With the nation’s voters split on so many issues, it is reassuring to know that most voters would like to see these treasured National Parks stick around for visitors to enjoy for many more years to come.

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