National Geographic : 1994 Oct
BY BRUCE BABBITT SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR A RAINSTORM COCOONS THE SUN IN CALIFORNIA'S YOSEMITE VALLEY. EDCOOPER Additional support can be gained through further reform of our concessions policies. Our national parks are important. They are important not just because they provide good, inexpensive vacation sites for millions of Americans, though that fact alone makes them worthy of protection. Our national parks are important because they are a gateway to the conservation ethic. In these, our most precious sites, we can engage our people in a discussion of natural conditions, and of our place in relation to them. The prospect for a heightened environmental ethic in the United States depends, in large measure, on how we use our national parks. So read on. And then, go visit.