It's obvious that I'm not the outdoorsy type, but having visited four national parks, one national recreation area, and one national monument in the past month, I have to say they offer some of the most breathtakingly beautiful parts of this country, despite all urban condescension (and Baxter-endorsing jokes). That's why it annoys me so much to read things like this:
"A series of proposed revisions of National Park policy has created a furor among present and former park officials who believe the changes would weaken protections of natural resources and wildlife while allowing an increase in commercial activity, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles... The potential changes would allow cellphone towers and low-flying tour planes and would liberalize rules that prohibited mining, according to Bill Wade, former superintendent at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia."
And where do these changes come from? The good ol' cronyism of dick Cheney