Tom Secunda: U.S. National Parks Offer Opportunity to the Next President

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Tom Secunda: U.S. National Parks Offer Opportunity to the Next President

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 8:15am

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By Tom Secunda

The next U.S. president will face the challenge of bringing two parties together following a polarizing election campaign and years of partisan gridlock. It will be no easy task, but small victories are possible to achieve quickly, and our national parks offer a golden opportunity for the next president and Congress to get off on the right foot.

The National Park Service just celebrated its 100th birthday last month. Democrats and Republicans alike extolled the virtues of our parks, which are in blue and red states, rural areas and big cities. But despite strong bipartisan public support, the parks are in trouble. They face two major challenges that both parties -- and the National Park Service itself -- have failed to address for too long.

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Keywords: Environment | Bloomberg | parks service | sustainability | u.s. president | u.s national parks

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