The Wilderness Society (TWS) – a great organization that has done a lot over the years to protect America’s National Parks – released a new report, today, titled “Too Wild To Drill.” In it, TWS looks at 12 National Parks around the country that are threatened by encroaching drilling and fracking operations. What’s more, TWS details the exact threats to each park and offers advice on how best to combat those dangers.
The report shows why the President and Congress need to put protecting our National Parks on equal ground with drilling and fracking. These amazing links to our nation’s history and natural resources are too important to jeopardize.
Park Rangers for Our Lands own Jim Gale was quoted in the report, talking about Arches National Park in Utah. During his time in service, Jim, a 35-year Park Ranger, created educational materials, helped design visitor centers and gained a unique understanding of how to get the most out of a Park.
In the TWS report, Jim says, about Arches:
“I have enjoyed the beauty and quiet of wild places in our national parks, and I want future generations to have his experience. We need to do everything we can to make sure we create opportunities for people to connect with nature. Our National Parks protect America’s treasures, our natural and cultural heritage, and we need to insure their protection from the harm that comes from oil and gas drilling. Arches National Park should not be surrounded by drill rigs. It seems obvious but apparently we need to keep reminding the oil and gas industry and the federal government, so Park Rangers for Our Lands will do just that.”
Read the rest of the TWS report, and find out how you can help protect our National Parks.