Molly N. Ross

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Conference Proceeding

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109 pages.

Contains references.

Contains 5 attachments:

1) United States Department of the Interior Memorandum, September 20, 1985: Protection of National Park System Units from the Adverse Effects of Air Pollution.

2) Library of Congress Congressional Research Service Memorandum, November 19, 1985: Comments on Department of the Interior Memorandum of September 20, 1985 Entitled "Protection of National Park System Units from the Adverse Effects of Air Pollution."

3) United States Department of the Interior Memorandum, May 15, 1986: Legal Authority of the Secretary to Protect the Air Quality and Related Values of NPS Units from Adverse Impacts of Surface Coal Mining Activities.

4) Article titled, "Policy and Regulations: The Clean Air Act and National Park" by Molly Ross, National Park Service, Air Quality Division.

5) Article titled, "Pollution Where You'd Least Expect It" by David B. Joseph, EPA Journal, March 1986.


It was Wallace Stegner who called the national parks "the best idea we ever had." The continuing increases in usage attest to their popularity. National parks are created to preserve areas of special scenic and cultural value for enjoyment and use. Managing the parks in a manner that protects the important values and purposes for which they were created presents important and difficult problems of law and policy.

The conference, External Development Affecting the National Parks: Preserving “The Best Idea We Ever Had,” focuses on the conflicts which arise when activities outside park boundaries significantly impair the values for which the park was created. An expert group of speakers looks at current problems involving external threats to national parks, examines legal issues associated with protecting park resources, considers institutional and jurisdictional problems, and discusses possible approaches for improving park protection.

Alternate Title

PANEL: Legal Issues Associated With Protecting Park Resources