Reader Participation Day
When do you feel you've done a park? Is it when you've been to the visitor center? Spent a day walking its trails?
Throughout the year we get a fair number of books related to the national parks for review, but we couldn't possibly keep track of all new -- or old, but good stalwarts -- books with park connections. Which books would you recommend to park lovers?
Why are national parks so dang controversial?
Tell us, travelers, which is your favorite "historic" or "historical" unit of the National Park System, and why?
Reader Participation Day: Should Economics Be Considered When Adding Units To The National Park System?
When Fort Monroe National Monument and Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park were added to the National Park System recently, officials touted their economic benefits. Which has the Traveler wondering: Should economics be a factor when considering the merits of potential units of the park system?
With the snows of winter on their way, most people are bringing an end to this year's travels and looking ahead to 2012. Which has us wondering: How do you decide which national parks to put on your travel calendar?
The United States has not cornered the market on national parks. While it did start the national park movement with Yellowstone back in 1872, many other countries have set aside many spectacular parks. Which has us wondering, which parks abroad are you hoping to visit?
Is 'bagging all of the national parks' a goal you've set for yourself?
What would you cause to happen for the benefit of the National Park System with just one wave of your magic wand?
Would you still contribute to charitable organizations such as the National Park Foundation and park friends groups if you couldn't deduct the donation on your income taxes?
In the wake of last week's fatal grizzly bear attack in Yellowstone National Park, and last fall's fatal goring by a mountain goat of a hiker in Olympic National Park, are park officials doing enough to educate visitors on wildlife?
Where do you find the best art in the National Park System? We're not talking about cheap, foreign trinkets, but nice artful objects that you take home, and put on display, and which trigger memories of your visit when you gaze at them.
Reader Participation Day: Have Campground Or Lodging Reservations Gotten Too Hard to Obtain In Some National Parks?
Has the difficulty in obtaining a reservation for either a campsite or lodge room in a national park become too much hassle to deal with in some cases?
Reader Participation Day: Is It Appropriate For Artillery To Be Used to Control Avalanches In Yellowstone National Park?
Do you think it's appropriate, and in the best interests of its mandate, for the National Park Service to be using artillery to control avalanches in Yellowstone National Park?
Reader Participation Day: Has The National Park Service Been Led Astray By Congress and Become A Catchall Agency?
Earlier this week we had a spirited discussion of whether the National Park Service needs to add a site to honor Cesar Chavez, who orchestrated the farm labor movement in the 1960s. That discussion nips at a larger question: Has Congress led the Park Service astray and turned it into a catchall agency?