Thinking of planning a trip to a national park you’ve always wanted to visit? You may not want to wait. Experts say national parks from coast to coast are threatened, both their landscapes and wildlife, due to global warming.
“Many of the effects of climate change have been happening faster than anybody expected, and all the parks are in some way experiencing them, whether it’s drought leading to wildfires or coastlines that are vulnerable to sea-level rise,” reported Mark Wenzler, the director of clean-air and climate programs for the National Parks Conservation Association. Some parks are even at risk of losing their most iconic features; for example, the glaciers of Glacier National Park are melting and may disappear within the next two decades.
Threatened National Parks
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Katmai National Park & Preserve, Alaska
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Ellis Island National Monument, New York and New Jersey
Everglades National Park, Florida
Glacier National Park, Montana
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Courtesy of AARP