From Yosemite to the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone, National Parks are the hallmark of America's public lands. The Wilderness Society works to protect wilderness areas in National Parks by partnering with diverse groups of businesses, government officials and recreational organizations, all of which understand the importance of these wild lands.
Unfortunately, as federal budgets tighten, parks are not being spared the pain of sequestration. Despite their indisputable popularity, parks are facing cuts that make it a struggle to meet the public's needs. This impact is also sure to ripple out to those communities that receive economic support from these parks.
The graphic below, produced by the UNC School of Government, describes the history of the Park System and highlights several unique places, demonstrating why our National Parks are "The Pride of America".
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