Commercializing Parks

The Bush administration is seeking to both commercialize parks and cannibalize park resources to feed recreational demands

Our national parks are not supposed to be like Disneyland. Our parks serve a purpose far beyond immediate visitor enjoyment and revenue generation; they are supposed to preserve the best of our natural and cultural resources for future generations.

The Bush administration has a different view. It is seeking to both commercialize parks and cannibalize park resources to feed recreational demands. This drive is evident in pending proposals to:

  • Allow commercial bio-prospecting in the National Parks. Under the Bush plan, any of the nearly 400 NPS units could enter into a "benefits-sharing agreement" with a corporate research firm to extract and make money from organisms taken from parks, including millions of acres of wilderness areas;

  • Authorize corporate sponsorship of parks resources in return for donations solicited and negotiated by park officials; and

  • Enter into partnerships with recreational industry groups to pave the way for more all-terrain vehicles, cell phone towers and even game farms in our national parks.

Congress has yet to wake up to the far-reaching implications of these plans. Ask your representative to step up to the plate and protect our parks.