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Published on Sep 17, 2009
As profiled in Ken Burnss new PBS documentary, THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICAS BEST IDEA, the threats facing Americas national parks decades ago are many of the same threats they face today, including chronic funding shortfalls, air and water pollution, demands for inappropriate uses of parkland and the trade-offs between increased access and damage to the natural or cultural treasures they preserve. During National Parks Week NYC, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and its supporters aim to raise awareness of the challenges to our national parks -- and the opportunity for each of us to help protect them for our children and grandchildren.
Carmichael Photography (http://www.bobcarmichael.com) generously produced this virtual tour of four of the national park sites throughout New York City, which we've dubbed "Hidden Treasures." The videos highlight the individuals who help protect these sites, some of the challenges to these parks, and most importantly -- the history and compelling stories of each of them. We hope you'll be inspired to visit and enjoy.