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Haven’t These Parks Always Been Here?

Haven’t These Parks Always Been Here?

By Ann Christoph

Watching Ken Burns’ history of national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone made me realize that even though their value is so obvious to us today, their value was not obvious to politicians when preservationists were working so hard to save them.

It seems to take intense volunteers, devoting much of their lives to the cause, to make that value clear to decision-makers. Creation of parks doesn’t seem to happen without a struggle, often over many years, and it’s not without compromise. Perhaps not as much is saved as would be ideal, or some of the beauty and natural systems are sacrificed in order to provide public access. Sometimes the creation of a park happens only because another important community asset is lost.

Read full article in the Laguna Beach Independent