Why Is This Place Protected?
ES0705  National Park Criteria

For a place to be considered for designation as a national park, it must meet the following criteria:

  1. It must possess a unique natural, cultural, or recreational resource.
  2. It must be in need of protection, and no organization other than the National Park Service would be able to secure adequate protection.
  3. It must be able to be protected. (It is suitable and feasible to protect the area.)

Consider how each of the places you visited meets these criteria.

Paul Carrara, USGS
Glacier National Park

Click here to access a list of currently unprotected places and find out why some people believe the sites are worth protecting. Choose one that interests you, and conduct Web research on that place. Build a case to have the place designated as a new national park.

4. Create a brochure that highlights the unique features of this place. Clearly explain why this place should be protected.


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