National Parks

National Parks: Conserve and Preserve Our Unique National Treasure

Presenter: Tracy Kramer, Southeast Outreach and Engagement Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).

Course Location, Time, and Date: Chota Rec Center (Room D), 9:30-11:30, Tuesday March 17

America’s National Park System is unique in the world, a national treasure of extraordinary beauty and diverse ecosystems. During the Civil War, President Lincoln and Congress put the Yosemite area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains under the protection of the State of California; President Grant commissioned Yellowstone as the first actual national park. Teddy Roosevelt’s legendary contributions after the turn of the 20th century brought five new parks, 18 national monuments, four national game refuges, 51 bird sanctuaries, and more than 100 million acres of national forest into the System. Through the years more parks, refuges, and forested areas have been added, six — including Gateway Arch in St Louis, Indiana Dunes, and Bears Ears in Utah — between 2004 and 2019.

Through the more than 150 years of  the National Park System’s existence, changes both good and ill have resulted from a range of natural events like fires, floods, and the erosions of time, as well as the impact of millions of visitors and even more the pressures of commercial interests seeking to exploit natural resources.

Presenter: Tracy Kramer of the National Parks Conservation Association will talk about protecting our national parks and advocate for clean air, water, wildlife habitat, landscape conservation, and climate adaptation corridors for plants and animals. She will explain how NPCA is focused on preserving America’s heritage as well as reaching out to young people, veterans, and diverse audiences to encourage their visiting national parks and becoming conservation advocates now and into the future.

Class Fee:  $5. Prepay Lisa at the Welcome Center. (Checks made to TVU – POA)