Public Lands S.O.S.
|A vibrant aerial view of the Everglades belies trouble on the ground (PhotoDisc)|
America nicknamed itself "The Beautiful" in 1893. And, thanks to generations of wilderness gurus, environmental activists, and everyday nature lovers, 84 million acres of national park lands and another 192 million acres of national forestsnot to mention the countless wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and state and local parksare now protected to keep that adjective in evergreen association with the country.
But some of these protected areas are in danger of getting ugly. Here we profile five, from the thirsty Everglades to Utah's fossil-fuel-rich wilderness canyons. Make no mistakethis isn't a definitive list of parks crying out for eco triage. However, their stories highlight a need to initiate conservation strategies before negative adjectives replace the proud boast of a century before.
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