As an enduring icon in American history, Yellowstone National Park remains a unique and popular destination for travelers. Even today, visitation numbers continue to grow with over 3 million guests in 2014. However, public funding is decreasing and the changing demographics within the United States place the relevancy of national parks at risk in American society. Revisiting Leopold (2012), prepared by the National Park Service Advisory Board Science Committee, stated: "Cultural and socioeconomic changes confronting the National Park Service are difficult to overstate. These include an increasingly diversified, urbanized, and aging population, a transforming US economy, and constrained public funding for parks."
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