Praise National Park for Cutting Pollution

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Target: Staff of Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Goal: Applaud Crater Lake National Park staff for implementing “car free” days to help keep the park environment clean

Crater Lake National Park, OR, began implementing “car free” days as part of an experiment. One year later, the success is obvious. Each month, a few days are set aside where cars are not allowed to enter the park. While it may seem small, those actions are helping to keep the environment cleaner, especially in regards to air pollution. Applaud the staff of the Crater Lake National Park for taking the incentive to proactively protect the park for many generations to come.

The park, which was established in 1902 by President Theodore Roosevelt, is the fifth-oldest national park in the United States. As the only national park in Oregon, it features the remnant of a destroyed volcano as well as surrounding forests and hills. Crater Lake is also the deepest lake in the nation, measuring at 1,943 feet deep. These are but a few of the main attractions at the park, making it immediately evident why this place absolutely needs to be preserved in its natural state.

Air pollution caused 200,000 early deaths in America in 2013, and is also the leading cause for droughts, flash floods, and other natural disasters. These grim facts highlight the need to create programs like the one at Crater Lake National Park. By banning the admittance of vehicles for just a few days each month, pollution rates will greatly decrease. This also provides a few days for bikers and hikers to enjoy the paths uninhibited by vehicles, and encourages people to come back without cars on other trips once they understand the immense benefits. Applaud the park’s staff for taking the proactive approach to preserve this beautiful spot of nature.


Dear Staff of Crater Lake National Park,

I learned you recently celebrated your one-year mark of the “car free” program. Your report shows that this initiative was a clear success, and I wanted to thank you for taking action to protect this beautiful park. These small steps to reduce air pollution will make a big difference over time.

Pollution is becoming an immense problem in the United States, both for the health of citizens and also for the survival of the environment. By implementing “car free” days at the park, you are lowering the pollution surrounding the area and thereby protecting the environment. At the same time, you are encouraging visitors to enjoy the trails on foot or on bike, exploring the park step by step. These experiences will undoubtedly encourage visitors to keep returning without their vehicles. Thank you for your dedication to preserving the fifth-oldest national park in the nation.


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Photo credit: National Park Service

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