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National parks commercialization troubling trend

PARKS -- Do we want to trade trees for tee-boxes and bear sign for neon signs and wildlife watching for wild life?

Former Parks Canada managers bemoan 'Disneyfication' of national parks

Parks Canada's approval of the Glacier Skywalk built along the Icefields Parkway that runs between Jasper and Banff, its consideration of reclassifying wilderness lands to allow the Lake Louise ski resort to double in size, and the agency's increasing interest in "glamping," or luxurious camping accommodations in parks, are cited by former managers as evidence that the agency has lost touch with its original mandate for protecting natural resources and processes, and the nearly 80-foot-tall Mother Canada statue proposed for Cape Breton Highlands National Park prompted a letter in opposition to the project signed by 28 former managers.

--Toronto Globe and Mail

Yosemite name changes appall national park advocates

A decision by the National Park Service to rename iconic commercial sites within Yosemite National Park in the midst of a contract dispute has left park advocates shocked and disappointed.

--National Geographic

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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