Are national parks even constitutional?

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    I’m going after a pretty big sacred cow with this question, but I’m genuinely curious; from an originalist perspective, how does the federal government have the authority to set aside tens or even hundreds of thousands of square miles of land for the purpose of establishing national parks? I look on the official NPS website and they said the necessary and proper cause gave them the authority to do so. I find that claim dubious. If I bring up these kind of questions in other places I’m accused of wanting to destroy mother nature or some nonsense like that. As if only government is capable of knowing how to protect the environment.

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