There has been a lively debate in the New York Times recently about how best to manage visitor numbers at Yosemite. I mentioned in a previous post about the kinds of management issues which popularity brings at Yosemite. But it isn’t only at Yosemite these issues arise. The old tension between protecting nature through national parks for people to enjoy, but also having to protect nature from people, has been around since Yellowstone was declared the world’s first national park in 1872. This kind of issue spread, along with the idea of a national park, worldwide with significant consequences which are both positive and negative (a topic for a future post).
The link to the first article at the New York Times is here (though there are others – just use the search for the other articles/comments in the debates).