Threats facing our parks |

Threats facing our parks

Dear Editor:

Ken Burns’ new documentary about our national parks, (“Ken Burns makes Aspen stop,” June 16) promises to be an inspiring film about the creation of the National Park System and the individual Americans who worked to protect our national heritage. As you note in the article, creation of our parks represents America’s democratic ideals at its best.

Unfortunately, America’s Best Idea is challenged by threats such as the impact from climate change (water scarcity, wildlife habitat loss), air pollution, chronic funding shortfalls and incompatible development adjacent to parks. These threats are taking a toll on parks including Colorado icons such as Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Colorado National Monument.

Thankfully, there are steps each of us, including our elected officials, can take now to restore our national parks in time for 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, and in perpetuity for our children and grandchildren. To learn more about how you can help, visit

David Nimkin

Southwest regional director, National Parks Conservation Association

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