On Wednesday, the National Park Service issued a “Request for Comments” on the idea of using lighting to illuminate the interior of some national parks and monuments.
The response included comments from many people who say the idea is a waste of energy.
The proposal is a big step toward making lighting at national parks more efficient, said Lisa Johnson, the chief operating officer of the National Parks Conservation Association.
It would mean eliminating a lot of the work that park rangers do to make sure they’re lighting up their campsites and buildings appropriately.
But Johnson said that’s not the same as saying the lighting is the problem.
“If the lighting was a real problem, it would be solved,” Johnson said.
Even though the lighting proposal is an ambitious plan, it is a good first step toward addressing lighting in parks.
National parks can provide a respite from the daily grind for some people.
But many people living in the U.S. spend an inordinate amount of time outdoors.
“A lot of people don’t want to be in the same environment as the people they work with,” Johnson added.
Johnson said that if people could be reminded to leave their campfires at home, the lighting problem would be eliminated.
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