Salton Sea of California: Make a National Park
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein
California-08
Rep. Paul Cook
California-09
Rep. Jerry McNerney
California-35
Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod
California-15
Rep. Eric Swalwell
California-11
Rep. George Miller
Arizona
Sen. John McCain
California-05
Rep. Mike Thompson
California
Sen. Barbara Boxer
California-45
Rep. John Campbell
California-06
Rep. Doris Matsui
California-07
Rep. Ami Bera
California-04
Rep. Tom McClintock
California-10
Rep. Jeff Denham
California-03
Rep. John Garamendi
California-02
Rep. Jared Huffman
California-01
Rep. Doug LaMalfa

Salton Sea of California: Make a National Park

    1. Richard Noble
    2. Petition by

      Richard Noble

      Palm Springs, CA

Primarily National Parks are created to conserve the floral and faunal biodiversity found in natural areas, and provide habitats for permanent and migrating animals in the area. They are recognised nationally and internationally as being the most effective method of improving the conservation and biodiversity values of reserves.

National Parks also protect cultural sites such as shell middens, scar trees and cave paintings from being damaged by human activities, and involve indigenous peoples by including their lands in indigenous protected areas (Figgis, Australia’s National Parks: Future Directions, 1999).

That is not to say that the general community cannot continue to use and enjoy National Parks in the same way they enjoyed reserves. Many recreational activities are allowed in National Parks such as walking, camping, boating and canoeing, fishing and swimming. It is this recreational aspect of National Parks that make them particularly viable for tourism.

National Parks receive 'top billing' in many tourist guides as places to visit and as such boost the economy of local areas. For example, the Grampians National Park contributed over $150 million to the regional economy. The increased popularity of National Parks also allows for more employment opportunities of both indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

It is not only the income generated by visitation that makes National Parks important to the economy but also a variety of potential ecosystem services. Ecosystem services benefits include catchment protection, water production, protection of soil stability, climatic controls, carbon sinks, genetic resources, pollination of economic species, habitat for economically important species such as insectivorous birds and the protection of hatcheries of commercial aquatic species (Beattie, Commercial Exploration of Biodiversity, 1995).

Overall, National Parks are an important and valuable resource for scientists, educators and the community due to the variety of aesthetic, recreational and economic uses they offer.

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    • Cheryl Mitchell LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I always go fishing hee and it is a nice place to get out and relax at. I have met several longtime frineds her and I love this place.

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    • Keyon Mitchell LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      If the Salton Sea dies, it would be an immense tragedy for wildlife, Californians, and so many who have laughed, fished, camped, and enjoyed the Salton Sea.

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    • Michael Clark, Jr. WINNETKA, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because it should be

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    • Lexie Roman LOS BANOS, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I'd love to be able to take my children to see this some day. It's beautiful, in the strangest way.

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    • Leanne Yee VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I love the Salton Sea, it needs to be rehabilitated so that more people can appreciated this vast and beautiful desert space, a place to go to get away from the city. The wildlife and habitat are important for the ecosystem, and it has a huge potential for education and recreation, even to be economically viable. Please make it a national park!!! Thank you

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