Scot McElveen is the chief ranger at Death Valley National Park:
unrealistic to say we're going to move land from more
human-oriented uses to (management emphasizing) a stricter group of
laws, but we're not going to give you any staff to make sure that
happens. Do we lower the standards of how much monitoring we do, or
focus on the core land and let the new lands languish? We've
decided to get folks out into the new lands - meaning that the core
lands receive less protection.
"I think it's also
important to say in as nice a way as we possibly can that the term
national park indicates that this is a national resource owned
equally by all citizens. We shouldn't be doing things for local
populations that hurt the park or other visitors' ability to enjoy
the park. We were created to serve all."