- - Sunday, March 12, 2017


I wish to correct outdated information that Ian Smith included in his March 7 opinion piece “When illegals overrun U.S. national parks.” Since September 2014, the public has been able to visit any area and trail in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and be as safe there as anywhere in America, thanks to the good work and cooperation between the National Park Service and the U.S. Border Patrol.

I heartily encourage Washington Times readers (and Mr. Smith) to discover for themselves the scenic vistas and beautiful desert vegetation of this jewel of a park. I plan to camp there soon to enjoy the colorful explosion of wildflowers that has been promised by this winter’s plentiful rains.


Senior Arizona program manager

National Parks Conservation Association

Tucson, AZ

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