John Chafee

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Presenter: Robert F. Hurley, Administrative Assistant to Senator John H. Chafee.

5 pages.


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

Congressional Activities Regarding Park Protection