Undiscovered America: unknown natural wonders and potential national parks (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)

Undiscovered America: unknown natural wonders and potential national parks (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)

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[This is for a digital download (PDF) of my 706- page travel guide 'Undiscovered America'. After purchase, you will receive a download link.]

The 54 landscapes featured in this book that fall into two categories.

1) Areas that are virtually unknown but deserve greater appreciation and awareness.
2) Well-known landscapes that are surprisingly not national parks, but people often assume they are.

All of these natural wonders deserve greater protection and to be considered alongside the best natural icons the country has to offer.

If you asked the average American to name a landscape that defines our national identity, they would most likely respond by saying Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, the Great Smoky Mountains, or the Everglades. What they might not know is that each of these places is a national park. Our national parks celebrate some of the most exemplary natural landscapes on the planet, boasting a diversity of ecosystems, wildlife, and geology that helped make this country the foundation of the
conservation movement. Nowhere else on Earth is there a confluence of deserts, mountains, plains, hills, forests, coastlines, lakes, canyons, islands, and wetlands that still accurately reflect the pristine state of the land before human intervention.

Throughout my travels, I have come across places that are just as incredible and unique as the famous national parks, but are comparatively unknown. I wondered,

“Why are only some of America’s environments so well-known, while other places that are equally amazing, are not?” A few years ago, this discrepancy set me off on a mission to find out why many of the greatest natural wonders in America are not protected and valued in the same way

This book seeks to reconcile these potential national parks, which are missing from our national consciousness.

The primary goal of my ‘Undiscovered America’ project is to document the lesser-known natural wonders across the United States. The secondary goal is to provide a better understanding of federal land designations. The current levels of protection for many of the landscapes detailed within this book leave them in danger of being destroyed before they can gain the appreciation they deserve. Each of the locations featured in this project has the potential to become the next national park, a designation created “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people,” that will endure for generations to come.

Conservation, while a slow process, is still ongoing. There are innumerable activists, ranging in size from international organizations down to high school teachers writing editorials, venerating their local environments or favored travel destinations. Each of them hopes that one day their favorite natural settings will be honored with the protective labels the scenery deserves before they are lost forever to land development or urban sprawl.

The current national parks serve as an exemplary living museum and natural laboratory for the protection of the natural world. Through these pages, I hope to expand your knowledge and understanding of the other magnificent landscapes within our borders so that you too may find these underappreciated places worthy of becoming our next national parks.

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