Why Is This Place Protected?
ES0705  Protecting Natural Resources

On March 1, 1872, Congress designated Yellowstone National Park as the first national park. Today, Yellowstone is still one of the most frequently visited national parks in the country.

When a place is designated as a national park, monument, or preserve, laws protect the land from being mined, commercially developed, or owned. These protected lands are set aside by the government to preserve natural, cultural, and historic resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

NPS Photo
Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park.

1. What types of things make a place worth protecting? List at least three things that you think are important.

  !   Click the image to access a live Webcam view of Old Faithful geyser.

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