This Might Be the One of the Biggest Problems Facing Public Lands

If you’ve visited a national park lately, you’ve probably noticed something. There are a lot of people in our public lands.
That’s a great thing — our public lands were created for everyone to enjoy. The parks are “America’s Best Idea,” after all. But what about the other side of the coin?

Are all these crowds in our parks and monuments harming our public lands? In a word, yes.

Line Outside the National Park

If there’s one thing you take away from reading this blog post, it’s this: having more people in our public lands isn’t inherently a bad thing. More people in public lands means more people falling in love and advocating for them. What’s bad is that we lack the resources to handle them all sustainably.

If you’re like me, you know that our wild places depend on public land protectors to advocate for them. But where’s the line between too few and too many visitors - and how many people can visit a park without unsustainably harming it? That’s a gray area for sure.

More people than ever are visiting public lands — for better and for worse. And we can’t ignore that people, even if they love public lands, do bring some amount of harm to them.

Crowd at Yellowstone
Overcrowding in parks is one of the largest threats to our public lands today — and it’s one that isn’t going to go away anytime soon.

We’ve created a free, four-part email series that dives deep into overcrowding. All you need to do is sign up to be subscribed to the list.

You’ll receive four emails about overcrowding, and you’ll learn:
  1. How overcrowding is harming our public lands
  2. Why there aren’t black-and-white answers
  3. What solutions land agencies are using to combat it
  4. What you can do to help

We’ve gotten some pretty phenomenal feedback on the series. I think if you’re interested in advocating for our public lands, you’ll find it super useful.


-Isak at Seek More Wilderness