Protected areas around the world are under threat for a variety of reasons. Underfunding, too few staff to cover the responsibilities and pressure to make the areas pay via increased tourism.

The remarks in this article regarding Yellowstone and Yosemite are pertinent to one possible future for NSW protected areas. We need to provide for more varied experiences in our protected areas but that must be in keeping with the legislated purpose of the reserve.

We need informed, professional staff on the ground to assess what is possible for the best outcomes for both visitors and natural heritage conservation.