Wastral wrote:National Parks should be unique.
Unique how? No other formation like it? Unique in the National Park System? Either way, by that standard, there would be a lot of parks that ought to be jettisoned. Maybe you would favor that, and if so, great. Which park is the least unique: Yosemite, Kings Canyon or Sequoia? Personally, I favor a robust stable of parks.
Wastral wrote:There is NOTHING unique about Bubba's proposed national park in plain-jane average hills and forests New Mexico.
In terms of "plain-jane average hills and forests" perhaps you are correct about some parts of the park, but in terms of the overall formation of the Jemez and its unique nexus of geology and history, it is a standout. The caldera that makes up the mountain is astounding even if it is hard to discern from the ground and there are numerous features that outshine the best of some other parks. In terms of history, I reckon there wouldn't be another park in the system that could compare to the layers of history that would be within the boundaries of the park.
Wastral wrote:Its why Sawtooth is not a National Park. Nothing unique. Great place(been there), but not unique.
Now I could be wrong, but I believe this to be erroneous. As I understand it, the biggest issue holding up the creation of a Sawtooth National Park with the more than 25,000 acres of inholdings that the federal government would have had to purchase. Some efforts were made to overcome this. In particular, the plan was floated to have the Sawtooths and White Clouds fall within the boundaries of the National Park while the valley, with the majority of the inholdings would be a National Recreation Area. This set the basic template latter employed at the North Cascades (which could be summed up as "nothing unique. Great place, but not unique").
Wastral wrote:Personally, I could go for expansion of some national Parks to preserve the whole range of eco systems for true biodiversity.
Incidentally, given the gaping administrative hole currently in the Jemez due to the Valles Caldera Preserve, a national park there would actually improve matters and unify the extremely diverse ecosystems under one administration. This would be especially helpful after some of the recent fires that have hit the area.
Wastral wrote:All the unique places have already been made into parks LONG ago. If not national parks, then state parks. LONG ago.
This is objectively not true. What compares, in general or in the park system, to Steens Mountain and Hells Canyon? They are certainly "national park" worthy. There are lots of other places too. If it were ever possible, I think a national park in the Llano Estacado would also be amazing. You ought to read Dan Flores' Caprock Canyonlands
Wastral wrote:This isn't 1900 or even 1960... A new park in NM is absurd.