The benefits of National Parks extends beyond the environmental. There are numerous economic benefits to surrounding communities. In the west, communities adjacent to federal lands show stronger economic growth then communities not adjacent to federal land.
Yellowstone National Park is our first national park. It is located in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Created in order to preserve land for future generations, Yellowstone is an environmental marvel. Containing hot springs, geysers, it's own Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, stunning rivers, and miles of hiking trails, it is one of the crown jewels of the National Park system. Yellowstone is also home to herds of bison, elk, and antelopes, as well as wolves and moose. Preserving the land that Yellowstone encompasses is imperative. The ecological diversity is stunning, with the park containing "about half of the world's active geysers." It also protects one of the largest "concentrations of wildlife in the lower 48 states." It protects bison herds, grizzlies, wolves, and elk. Without the national park protections, a necessary ecosystem would be lost forever.
Grand Teton National Park, adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, is another ecosystem that is vital to protect. Containing mountains, streams, wetlands, glaciers, and forests, Grand Teton harbors extreme biodiversity. The protection of these lands leads to the protections of multiple ecological necessities. Human interference is already causing the erosion of some of these features, even within the protections of the NPS.