The NPCA has launched a new campaign. They've put Teddy Mather (a person in a bear costume) in the race for President. The idea is a bit amusing, but it's got a serious point. Of the dozen or so contenders for the Oval Office, why haven't we heard any of them talking about the National Parks yet?
Interpretive programs, when done well, can provide an important aspect of resource protection. The guided beach walk at Padre Island National Seashore is one such example. By the end of the program, this newspaper reporter had a different outlook on his environment.
Earlier this month, on September 7th, someone walked along the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with some type of oil, squirting it secretly on the Wall as they walked by. The unknown oil has done real damage to the polished granite surface.
Camera in hand, adventure seekers are sharing their experiences in Yosemite National Park with the world via YouTube. Three videos here, hang gliding over the valley, a 3000 foot slackline attempt (like a tight rope walk), and a hike up Half Dome with hundreds of other folks. Of the three, the crowds at Half Dome give me the most chills.