National Parks are a pinnacle of the United States recreation scene. Providing the U.S. with over 52.2 million acres protected for the use of the public and for conservation and scientific research. National Parks are not the only entity in the National Park System that provides protections for land deemed valuable by Congress. There are National Monuments and National Historic Landmarks that are tasked with maintaining historic or natural areas for the sake of education and science. Within these three types of Park, there are to implicit types of locations someone can visit: one protected for its natural scenic/ scientific interest, and the other protected for its historic significance. This paper delves into the distinction between these two types of Parks, all of which are dubbed “National Park” for the sake of this paper. This paper explores the differences and similarities between the two, and whether or not there is a discrepancy as to which type of park is more attractive to California legislators when deliberating between park-types. This paper suggests that nature-based Parks are more attractive to legislators and therefore more likely to occur in California.
"Nature vs. History: The Fight for National Park Designation,"
Paideia: Vol. 6
, Article 13.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/paideia/vol6/iss1/13