National Parks are Important to Us

A trip or two to a national park with family and friends is always an enhancing and enriching experience. Glance through this Buzzle post to learn why the national parks are important and valuable to us.

Quick Fact
A National park was conceptualized in 1832 by George Catlin, an amateur artist who, on a trip to the Dakotas, was worried about the encroachment on forests and sites of the indigenous people. He proposed that these areas could be protected by certain government policies.
Many of us remember our first visit to a national park – it was, for most of us, with our parents or during a school tour. No matter how young we were when we first visited one of these places of scenic beauty and natural tranquility, its memories never cease to exist from our minds. The various wild animals, plants, flowers, and awe-inspiring landscapes, which we may have seen as children, always tend to remind us that nature has more things in store than we may think.

A National park is essentially a protected area, either owned or declared by the government of a country. Every country in the world has a number of such areas reserved as national parks, and interestingly, some of them also appear as natural heritage sites in the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The areas of national parks are protected to safeguard the natural environment, wherein the local, indigenous species of plants and animals dwell and thrive. They also protect and preserve certain landscapes, which hold a special significance for a particular region or for the country.
Importance of National Parks
National parks are important to us for more reasons than one. Some of them include the following:

Protection of Wildlife

We share our planet with a variety of plant and animal species, which collectively constitute the Earth’s biodiversity. Their survival for a longer period of time is ensured when their natural habitats are safeguarded. National parks provide them with existential security. Moreover, these are numerous species of plants and animals, which are extremely rare and cannot survive at all, if they are taken out of their original, natural habitats. In such cases, they often dwindle in population, thus becoming endangered and/or become extinct altogether. National parks help safeguard and conserve such rare and indigenous species, thus securing the biodiversity of that region.
Protection of Landforms

National parks are reserved/protected areas which, more often than not, encompass beautiful landforms such as snow-capped mountains, desert dunes, sandy beaches, foggy rainforests, river cliffs and gorges, and so on. The more they are exposed to human interference, the more they are prone to damage and destruction. National parks ensure sound, pollution-free environment, with minimum human intervention, controlled by legal statutes. This aids to safeguard the landforms and other places of scenic beauty, which may be a highlight of a particular region or country.