National Parks:Rocky Mt.

Location: COLORADO

Founder:Woodrow Wilson

History of development: In 1803, the United States government acquired the Louisiana Purchase, which included most of the land that is now Rocky Mountain National Park. The first visitors after the acquisition included mostly fur trappers and explorers. As the 19th century progressed, miners, homesteaders, ranchers, and hunters began to inhabit the area as well. The Grand Lake Cemetery opened in 1892, before Rocky Mountain National Park was established. Because the cemetery was opened before the park, the cemetery bears the distinction of being the only active community cemetery within a U.S. national park. In 1909, a naturalist, guide, and local lodge owner named Enos Mills began several years of traveling the nation to lecture, lobby, and advocate for the creation of a new national park. Mills’ efforts came to fruition on January 26, 1915 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act into law. Rocky Mountain National Park became the 10th national park in the United States.

Funding source and visitors:supported by Rocky mt. conservancy;3,443,504 visitors

DESCRIPTION of region:encompasses protected mountains, forests and alpine tundra. It's known for the Trail Ridge Road and the Old Fall River Road, drives that pass aspen trees and rivers.

Climate DESCRIPTION:The Rocky Mountains have unpredictable weather which can change rapidly. As with other highland climates, the climate changes with increasing altitude. In general, the Rockies have mild summers, cold winters and a lot of precipitation.

LAND-FORMS: .Lava cliffs along Trail Ridge Road. The Keyboard of the Winds ridge rises above a U-shaped valley in Glacier Gorge. Chasm Lake lies in a glacial cirque. Crystal Brindle. ... The rounded rocks of Lumpy Ridge include Balanced Rock.

Wild life: Elk. Bighorn Sheep. Moose. Mountain Lion and Bobcat. Bear. Coyote and Fox. Pica and Marmot.

Vegetation:Rocky Mountain Maple Leaves and seeds. Wild Rose flowers.White flowers of a Boulder Raspberry. Mountain Big Sagebrush. Rocky Mountain Juniper. ... Yellow Rabbitbrush.

Importance of preservation and conservation: So park can continue to thrive.

Impact of human activity:Airborne pollutants from vehicles, factories, and agricultural activity are altering soil and water chemistry. These changes in the physical environment are in turn altering biological communities.

Future plans for park:After construction, the surrounding area is re-vegetated using plant material previously gathered from the area. The park has its own greenhouse so that local seed can be grown into plants to restore disturbed areas. In alpine areas, tundra sod is removed, stored and then replaced after a project is completed.

Credits:

Created with images by skeeze - "lake haiyaha water landscape" • edwarddallas - "Woodrow Wilson - 28th President" • jungle_group - "Forest" • Dominic's pics - "Lake Wood, Uckfield - Sandstone Steps, Tunnel and Moss" • SD-Pictures - "industry sunrise sky" • themozhi's pixel displays - "Save our beautiful environment"

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