Photo: Mexico Working Towards Helping U.S. Conservationists Protect and Preserve National Parks
According to a report from the National Parks Conservation Association (NCPA), thanks to assistance from Mexico, crucial funding for U.S. national parks will not be cut, allowing for their continued preservation, and in some cases, revitalization.
Resting partially in Mexico along Texas’ border, Big Bend National Park was in dire need of help, as its ecosystem was in shambles. Since 2003, however, wildlife, plant life, and other aspects of the region have seen a great improvement, thanks in large part to a joint effort between Mexico and the U.S. to restore it.
Recently, the call for a bi-national park with our neighbors to the south has been brought up again by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, having been discussed since Teddy Roosevelt was President.
And hopefully improvements and preservation of the U.S. parks will continue with continued funding from Congress. And just last week the NPCA announced that it had collected more than 105,000 signatures from people urging that funding not be cut.
“As we approach the Centennial of the National Park Service, we must ensure our national parks receive adequate funding for our children and grandchildren to enjoy,” said NPCA President Tom Kiernan. “This is by far the most successful petition drive we’ve ever had – in nearly 100 years of operations – and it’s time for Congress to take notice of how many people have joined this effort.”
Adding, “The federal government has a responsibility to keep our national parks adequately funded,” said Kiernan. “The National Parks Protection Project is our effort to explain why and I am grateful to the more than 105,000 people across the country who joined our effort.”