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Rockies 2018

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34 The LandReport | R O C K I E S 2 0 1 8 LANDREPORT.COM B elieve it or not, there is a lot more to the National Park Service than national parks. The agency also oversees national monuments, battle- fields, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and other areas. At all these areas, the National Park Service is highly vested in preservation. (Compare this to the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands, which have multiple use mandates.) Approximately 84 million acres fall under its authority; roughly one-quarter of that acreage is out West, including Yellow- stone National Park, the world's first national park. With more than 4 million visitors in 2017, Yellowstone is one of the nation's most popular parks. It has also seen its share of controversies, including one that pit neighboring landowners against the park service's decision to reintroduce the grey wolf into the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem in 1995. My experience working with land- owners who neighbor a national park has generally been positive. Take, for instance, Utah's Trees Ranch which I listed in 2011. One of the most scenic properties in the Southwest, the Trees Ranch borders Zion National Park. With 4.5 million visitors a year, Zion enjoys greater visitation than Yellowstone. Privacy issues immediately come to mind, right? Wrong! For starters, Lower Parunuweap Canyon has been designated a natural research area. This means that the acreage on Zion closest to the ranch is off limits to the public. Secondly, additional parkland adjoining the ranch has been designated "wilder- ness." Thirdly, federal legislation has designated the adjoining stretches of the East Fork of the Virgin River and Shunes Creek as wild and scenic. Rather than impact the ranch negatively, proximity to this popular national park has imparted additional privacy. Yellowstone National Park alone encompasses more than 2 million acres. WYOMING STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE NATIONAL PARK LANDS. The world's first national park — Yellowstone — was established in the northwest corner of the Wyoming Territory in 1872. Yet it wasn't until 1916 that the National Park Service (NPS) was founded to manage the growing number of parks established by Congress and monuments proclaimed by the president. Currently, there are 417 areas in the park system, including battlefields, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, and scenic rivers and trails. Approximately 84 million acres fall under the authority of the National Park Service. Roughly one-quarter of that acreage is out West, including Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park.

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