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National Parks vs National Monuments

 
 
Equus
 
Reply Sun 6 Apr, 2008 11:47 am
In the US, what is the difference between National Parks and National Monuments? They both seem like the same thing, except maybe as a rule of thumb National Parks are larger.

Someone suggested that Parks are designated by the President/Executive Branch and Monuments by Congress; but I'm not sure that's true: They both wind up being administered by Dept. of the Interior.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 6 Apr, 2008 12:02 pm
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A National Monument in the United States is a protected area that is similar to a national park (specifically a U.S. National Park) except that the President of the United States can quickly declare an area of the United States to be a national monument without Congressional approval. National monuments receive less funding and afford fewer protections to wildlife than national parks.

Another difference between a national monument and national park is the amount of diversity in what is being protected; national monuments aim to preserve at least one unique resource but do not have the amount of diversity of a national park (which are supposed to protect a host of unique features)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._National_Monument
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Francis
 
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Reply Sun 6 Apr, 2008 12:05 pm
Re: National Parks vs National Monuments
Equus wrote:
Someone suggested that Parks are designated by the President/Executive Branch and Monuments by Congress


Actually, it's the other way around:

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A National Monument in the United States is a protected area that is similar to a national park (specifically a U.S. National Park) except that the President of the United States can quickly declare an area of the United States to be a national monument without Congressional approval. National monuments receive less funding and afford fewer protections to wildlife than national parks.



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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sun 6 Apr, 2008 01:19 pm
colorado national monument;
http://www.lookingforadventure.com/images/CaloradoNM.jpg
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