Yellowstone National Park has broken its annual visitation record.

So far in 2021, total visitation to the park has already surpassed total visitation to the park through December during Yellowstone’s previous record-busiest year of 2016.

A recent article Return the National Parks to the Tribes in Atlantic Magazine by David Treuer is worth a detailed review because it represents a common set of inaccurate assumptions and historical imprecision about the relationship of conservation, national parks and Native Americans. Rather than celebrate parks as one of the best ideas in America, Treuer denigrates them.

Themes similar to Treuer have appeared in other publications recently. Many in the WOKE social justice movement advocate the transfer of national parks to tribal entities.

  • Dave Harmon, PW editor

The Antiquities Act of 1906 has been keeping natural resource attorneys busy since Theodore Roosevelt used the law to protect millions of acres of public land across the Southwest during his presidency, often over the vehement opposition of the congressmen in those states.

President Joe Biden’s decision Friday to return nearly 2 million acres of federal land to Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments is not likely to be an exception to this trend. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox indicated in April that the state would likely sue Biden if he restored the monuments, though the Utah Attorney General’s office had not yet done so as of Sunday.