Talk:List of national parks of the United States

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Map ?[edit]

It is a bit surprising that this article was promoted to Featured list status without a proper map of all national parks (as in the French and German articles). Poppy (talk) 09:19, 5 September 2010 (UTC)

Please don't criticise the article with this "proper map" and "surprising" junk. There is a Wikilinked map in the navbox at the bottom of the page. Reywas92Talk 16:01, 5 September 2010 (UTC)
A map showing location and extent of each park (example) would be useful. One park one dot is a bit simplistic. --Elekhh (talk) 21:42, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Visitation Column[edit]

Just wondering a creating a visitation column for the US national Parks. That way people can sort by most visited US national parks. The information can be verified for visitation through the US National Park Service, for citation concerns. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 198.183.184.25 (talk) 19:48, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

poorly used table format[edit]

For most reasonable browser window widths, the table format really impedes the readability of the list. The rightmost text has fewer words per line than frontpage newspaper articles and the vast majority of the table space in each row is empty. This would be much easier to read in a more conventional inline format. 71.103.149.123 (talk) 04:53, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

resource?[edit]

Dust Up; Biologist Jayne Belnap warns of the consequences for the American West if we don't preserve a home for the minute organisms that live in desert topsoil by Brendan Borrell Scientific American January 5, 2012 (page 80 to 83, January 2012 issue) Jayne Belnap is a Research Ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey with a research focus of the biological crusts that hold in place desert dust and their ecological impact on human activities. Excerpt “We just need to start putting dust into the equation.”

See A Crust of Dust: Degradation of Desert Topsoil by Human Activities May Wreak Havoc with the Environment by Brendan Borrell and Gary Stix January 10, 2012; and, Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park, Regional effects of global warming, Soil crust and dirt (soil), nitrogen fixation and carbon fixation, global warming, effects of global warming, Climate change in the United States, planetary boundaries, Collema (lichen), grasses, Bureau of Land Management, Land use, ... ; excerpt ...

You've done a lot of your research in national parks. How are they preparing for climate change? Well, the parks are really in a quandary because they're supposed to be conserving a landscape, which is kind of hard with climate change. They are going through a soul-searching exercise of what does it mean to be a park? I mean we kind of know what it means when, you know, you can say, "Well, we don't graze cattle" but what do you do about regional nitrogen solutions, what do you do about regional air pollution, what do you do about regional dust production? The first thing that I think we all need recognize is that there are no natural systems left. Everything is managed because everything is impacted by humans. We don't have any nonimpacted systems, and so the question now is how do you keep stuff as natural as possible, given the fact you do have regional air pollution, whether it be nitrogen deposition or dust or whatever—and that's really gonna be hard for the parks. So I think the one thing is to make sure that they keep up their monitoring, which they're doing, so they understand the status and trends of their resources. ...

99.190.80.182 (talk) 09:09, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

Confusions Mistakes with the dates[edit]

It looks like there are some mistakes / confusion with the dates. It is mentionned that the dates indicate when the park was formed but it looks like it is sometimes confusing between :

  • Date of authorisation
  • Date when established.

For example, for Isle Royale National Park, the dates don't correspond on the article and here. Poppy (talk) 22:10, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

Editing park descriptions for style[edit]

I have recently made several edits to the description paragraphs for most of the 59 national parks in the table. The last two edits I made, which updated the page's info for Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion, were undone because they were believed to have constituted 'puffery'. I don't think this is the case, however, because my edits contain useful information and additional links. Many of the descriptions on this page suffered from weak grammar and especially poor and/or uninspiring style; I'm simply trying to improve them with a more attractive and inviting style; these parks are America's greatest natural resources, and the descriptions should reflect that.

Most of the revisions only consist of a few minor changes; others include more information to help readers to better imagine (in concise paragraphs) the amazing things each park protects. I updated most of the park descriptions, yet only the Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion revisions were undone. At the very least there should be consistency. Out of all the parks, these final three in the list perhaps benefit the most from such changes in style. PJsg1011 (talk) 21:42, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

WHERE are the WV National Parks[edit]

This list contains none of the National Parks of West Virginia, UNLESS I have missed something???Coal town guy (talk) 00:18, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

OH I SEE, its a unit administered by the National Park System..ALTHOUGH, the national park literature states otherwise...OH WELL.Coal town guy (talk) 00:29, 5 September 2014 (UTC)