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  •  OK, Good Point (0+ / 0-)

    One could possibly argue people in Newark are benefitting directly from Pinelands, though it's a safe bet the majority of Newark citizens have never set foot there.

    but again, the notion they get some direct benefit from Yosemite is a farce.

    "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

    by Superpole on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 03:35:20 AM PDT

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    •  theres are two kinds of benefits, tangible and (1+ / 0-)
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      intangible. tangible ones are those you can readily see, like an increase in wildlife in a newly protected area, or visitors coming to that area and spending money. the intangible benefits are those you dont see. when they are referring to yosemite they are referring to the intangible benefit. because that park is there it it increases the amount of america set aside for the betterment of all, whether everyone visits it or not. the most visited park is the great smoky mountains, in TN and VA, because its close location to dc and other urban areas. the reason most parks are in the west, is because most of the special areas- like niagara falls- in the east were developed long before there was any idea of conservation. maine however has a large area worthy of monument status- the Great North woods. this area is the largest remaining stretch of forest land in the east and covers 10.5 million acres, a size that if realized would dwarf any other protected land in the lower 48. it would draw lots of campers, hikers, those who love the serenity of being by themselves. it would have both tangible and intangible benefits to maine and the New England region.

    •  How about (0+ / 0-)

      it is just the right fucking thing to do?

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