[Talk-us] Blue Ridge Parkway

Mike Thompson miketho16 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 30 22:24:34 UTC 2017

> Is our definition of national park different than Wikipedia's, or should
> one of the two be changed?
It is a "National Heritage Area"[1]which is under the jurisdiction of the
US National Park Service.  While it is not a "National Park" in the formal
U.S. sense it is a "national park" in the more generic, world wide sense (a
park administered by a national government). "A National Heritage Area is a
place designated by the United States Congress where natural, cultural,
historic, and recreational resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally
distinctive landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by

There are many types of these units administered by the National Park
Service in the US (for example "National Military Parks" and "National
Monuments"), and I imagine each nation has its own types of units like
this.For example, Australia has "Nature Reserves"[3] If we create a
separate tag for each of these type, we would have not consistency across
the globe. A sub-tag in addition to boundary=national_park may be more
appropriate in my opinion rather than a entirely different tag.


[1] https://www.nps.gov/blrn/index.htm
[2] https://home.nps.gov/blrn/faqs.htm
[3] e.g.

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