Any cemetery contains links to our past, but one located in Yosemite National Park is especially rich in its connections to the early history of Yosemite. On March 3 a ceremony will celebrate three events: a restoration project for the old cemetery, and the birthdays of both a man and an event closely linked to the story of the park.
Parks in the News
Recently, a wolf left Isle Royale National Park for the mainland via an ice bridge across Lake Superior. It later was found dead in Grand Portage National Monument. What follows is a story about the connections between Isle Royale and Grand Portage.
The Rocks Mountain Fire in Shenandoah National Park had spread to more than 100 acres Saturday, and nearly 60 firefighters were working the wildfire.
Work finally is under way to repair damage Hurricane Sandy inflicted on the National Park Service facilties at Ocracoke in Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Alaska Fish and Game Department employees, who in the past have gunned down wolves that roam outside of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, have wiped out an entire pack that has claimed the preserve as part of its territory.
A wildfire estimated to cover about 70 acres was reported in the South District of Shenandoah National Park on Friday and forced the closure of hiking trails in the immediate area. The Skyline Drive, however, remained open, park officials said.
Visitation to the 401 units of the National Park System last year slipped to 273.6 million, a drop of 9.1 million visitors from the 282.7 million counted in 2012.
Our National Park System now includes over 300 units, and none of them would be in existence today without the energetic efforts of individuals or organizations to secure the necessary authorization and funding. Such efforts are known as "lobbying," and the story behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial includes both a very creative approach for gaining a President's support...and a good example of what not to do in the halls of Washington.
While closed much of last year and early this year due to mandatory budget cuts, the Tall Trees Access Road in Redwood National Park was scheduled to reopen today.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve protects 3,283,000 acres of spectacular Alaskan scenery, so even some pretty spectacular geologic events in remote sections of the park can go unnoticed for a while. Thanks to remote sensing equipment, however, scientists have confirmed that "largest known landslide on Earth since 2010" occurred in the park earlier this month.