A lizard weighs in on the park debate

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Hey little collard lizard fellow, you are a wise reptile indeed. Proponents of a national park base their position on “prestige” and “exponential” growth in tourism. I’m sure the last things you and your wild neighbors on the Colorado National Monument need are a false sense of “importance” and burgeoning numbers of feet trampling your habitat. You’re neutral on the topic of redesignation, which in the long-term vision of geological time is but the blink of an eye. But in the short-term, which could be 50, 100, 200 years into the future, national park status, and the “exponential” growth proponents claim will come with it, your little world, your habitat, your diet of insects and the occasional prickly pear fruit, could be trampled and destroyed; gone for generations. After your morning sunning on that outcrop of Wingate sanstone, take a minute and read what happens in heavily traveled national parks. http://rewilding.org/rewildit/images/NPS-Road-Fatalities-Survey.pdf

Great article!  Refreshing perspective of a complicated issue…thanks!

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