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Centennial Series | National Park System Expansion: Confronting A Second Century Challenge

May 20th - 11:48am | Kurt Repanshek

Pinnacles NP was already in the system, dating to 1908, and is just 26,606 acres. San Gabriel Mountains NM is Forest Service, Mojave Trails is BLM, as is Sand to Snow.Castle Mountains NM is NPS, but at just 21,000 acres, not sure it truly qualifies as "significant acreage" in terms of a national park. Valles Caldera is nearly five times as large.

May 20th - 11:17am | Raphael

"Valles Caldera National Preserve is the only natural area with significant acreage that has been added to the National Park System in recent years "

Changing Times: Protecting Mount Rainier

May 20th - 10:21am | tahoma

Despite the occasionally odd narration conflicting with the period music, the old photographs in this video are charming.  For someone familiar with 'The Mountain', the single most striking impression is how much thicker and more extensive the glacial ice was a century ago.  Also, I don't recall many other NPS videos admitting to past management mistakes.  This is quite refreshing, and might ev

Sexual Harassment Chapter At Grand Canyon National Park Leads Superintendent To Retire

May 19th - 23:29pm | trailadvocate


May 19th - 21:47pm | Raisin mountaineer


May 19th - 17:54pm | Retired Ethical...

I hope you're right.

May 19th - 15:52pm | Survivor

Jarvis is retiring too!

May 18th - 23:05pm | Retired Ethical...

I wonder how NPS Director Jarvis could tell "Super Dave", with a straight face, that a "Change in leadership" was needed at the Grand Canyon.  It was Jarvis who appointed Uberuaga to his current position, after previously giving him a written reprimand for a serious ethical lapse at Mt.

May 18th - 19:20pm | Survivor

What about all the people who lost their jobs under Super Dave?

May 18th - 10:22am | trailadvocate

Mr. Shattuck, it's pretty obvious you have passed the "purity" test.   Maybe you can explain how you've become so pure.  I do have to confess that some of your vitriol I have harbored toward the immediate predecessor to Dave Uberaga, Steve Martin.  From what I've experienced Dave was by far, more liked and respected than his predecessor.

Tule Springs, With Its Rare Collection Of Prehistoric Fossils, Promoted For National Monument Status

May 19th - 21:47pm | Kyle

I am a future paleontologist and I was wondoring what species of Dinosaurs are there.  

Trails I've Hiked: Far Below And Long Ago—Basin Creek Trail to Caudill Cabin in Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway

May 19th - 20:11pm | Gerald

My Wife and I hiked up to The Cabin off of Longbottom Rd, which is the at he bottom of the Cove. Its accessible from Highway 21 north at Stone Mt. Its a very long hike taking you past the primitive campsite and Alice Caudills Grave site. its well worth it.Alot of Chimneys still stand from Cabins Washed away by the flood of 1916. Its about a 8 mil Round trip.

Poll: Why Do You Read National Parks Traveler?

May 19th - 19:50pm | Rick B.

I'm with Lee, above.

May 19th - 19:02pm | Lee Dalton

How about all of the above?

Billing For Search and Rescue Missions -- Yes, or No?

May 19th - 19:22pm | Nathan

You shouldn't have to pay for rescue at all depending on the situation that's bull people get lost and people need help sometime everyone does so wait till your broke and need help hope you realize 

Traveler's View: The Promise Of The Next Century

May 19th - 19:18pm | Retired Ethical...

Very pertinent and insightful editorial.  I, too would like to see it reach a wider audience.  While our National Park system has daunting challenges, there are many opportunities to make it better.  

May 19th - 16:31pm | Harry Butowsky

An excellent article that should have a wider audience. I think Kurt has captured the current state of the problems and opportunities facing our system of National Park better than I have ever seen before. Well  done.

National Park Service Supports Delisting Of Grizzly Bears...To A Point

May 19th - 17:12pm | Lee Dalton

"Beneficial effects on the land???????" And thanks, dahkota. Now perhaps it's time to let other readers decide which information is correct and which is not.  

May 19th - 11:19am | ecbuck

Dahkota - don't forget the the fed lands cattle and the divisor is beef cattle not all cattle.  

May 19th - 10:57am | dahkota

Just an FYI, according to the BLM: " Grazing use on public lands has declined from 18.2 million AUMs in 1954 to 8.3 million AUMs in 2014 (a 54 percent decrease). " Using the above 'formula,' it calculates out to 1.78 million, not 4 million.

May 19th - 10:54am | ecbuck

Dairy cows must be included in the total because most of them become beef at some point in time.

May 19th - 10:29am | Lee Dalton

Try again, Esteemed Comrade.  Dairy cows must be included in the total because most of them become beef at some point in time.  Calves must also be included.  Leaving those out skews the numbers. From Beef USA: All cattle and calves Jan 1, 2016, 92.0 million head 5 million federal animals divided by 92 million total cattle = 5.4%  

May 19th - 10:12am | ecbuck

1.2 million on Fed lands  ( 18 mil AUMs with typical usage 3-6 months equals 4 million  (BLM report) 5 million divided by 30 million total cattle = 16+%    (beefusa) And that doesn't include grazing on NPS land  

May 19th - 08:52am | Lee Dalton

Show us the math you claim is here.  I couldn't find it and won't waste more time knowing you will simply ignore anything anyone else tries to submit.  YOU show the math.  Prove your point.  If you can. Otherwise, I'm sure other readers may capably reach their own conclusions.

May 19th - 08:43am | ecbuck

Lee - do a little math.  Beefusa gives the total number of beef cattle. gives the number of cattle that graze in the national forest system.  BLM gives AUMs for BLM land.  

May 18th - 23:39pm | Lee Dalton contains no mention of number of cattle grazed on public lands.

May 18th - 20:55pm | ecbuck


May 18th - 17:24pm | Lee Dalton

It would be nice if you would cite your sources.  I tried to find the information you claim, and was able to find a couple of sources that might be theirs, but if so, then your claims have some problems.

May 18th - 14:20pm | ecbuck

(See my posts above.) Your post above was opinion from an anti grazing group.  My number comes from the BLM and Forest Service reported grazing numbers devided by total cattle.  And could it be "picked up" by other producers, perhaps, but at a higher cost to them andthus to the consumer.  

May 18th - 13:44pm | Lee Dalton

Where did that 10% number come from?  The total amount of beef grazed on federal lands is actually about 3% to 4%.  A number so low that it could easily be picked up by other beef producers who do not graze on federal lands with little or no impact on beef prices.  (See my posts above.)

May 18th - 09:34am | ecbuck

'Rick B.  Charge them the "market rate" and they ones that will pay are the consumers.  According to this BLM piece, close to 10% graze on BLM land alone.  Anyone who thinks increased costs on 10% of the supply won't have an impact on cost is completely ignorant of of economics.  Though I do believe that they should pay at least the cost of the program.

May 18th - 09:17am | Rick Smith

"So what Rick? The vast majority of grizzlies are not from ID, MT or WY either.  In fact the cattle population of those states is as much if not a higher percentage of the total US population than grizzlies from those states are of theirs."  What? You talking about Alaska and Canada?

Utah Delegation Asks President Obama Not To Use Antiquities Act In Utah

May 19th - 09:09am | Lee Dalton

From today's Salt Lake Tribune:

Zion National Park Staff Exploring Ways To Improve Visitor Experience

May 19th - 09:02am | Lee Dalton

A related article from today's Salt Lake Tribune.  Be sure to read the comments section.

House Natural Resources Committee To Hold Field Hearing In Maine

May 19th - 08:44am | Lee Dalton

This article contains a number of great examples of the methods commonly used by Rep Bishop to ensure that only his opinions or those who agree with him are heard at public meetings.  He has no qualms at all about fibbing just a little, or even a lot, so that whatever comes out is slanted in the direction he supports.  He has no interest whatsoever in hearing anything from the other s

National Park Service Director Impressed With Maine North Woods, National Park Proponents Hopeful

May 19th - 08:36am | hatrasfevr

If Congress is not going to support NPS and the maintenance backlog good conscience........can NPS continue to expand? Its like a person having one year to live, maxing out every credit card they have to fulfill a  bucket list and letting the heirs pay the bill after they die.

May 18th - 21:05pm | Anne Rush

Having this land as a National Monument/Park in my backyard is an amazing gift and blessing to the people of Northern Maine! Thank you Quimby Family

UPDATED: Bear Bites Hiker At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

May 18th - 21:09pm | Skeptical

The article says he "did not have any food in his tent" (when he was attacked).  Maybe so - but I'm willing to bet there had been food in or on the tent - or on his clothing - recently.  Black bears generally don't attack unless they (or their cubs) feel threatened - or they think they've found something to eat.  Since the hiker was asleep at the time - there's no way the bear th

When Did Dancing In The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Become A Crime?

May 18th - 20:35pm | Anonymous

When you go against Authority, expect the battle

Court Records: Canadian Man Cited For Picking Up Yellowstone Bison Calf

May 18th - 18:16pm | Me

Are you an idot, they should have charge him more than 50 dollars.....buffalo meat is more exepsive than that

May 18th - 13:52pm | Kurt Repanshek

Actually, I think the last speeding ticket I got they did tack on a processing fee. Everybody's looking for that extra dollar...

May 18th - 13:42pm | Don J

Yes - the fine was low - I'm just amazed they tack on a processing fee to go along with it.

May 18th - 13:41pm | Don J

When a speeding ticket is issued - you pay the fine - they don't tack on another fee to process it. Yes - don't do the crime and you dont pay the fine. But this guy wasn't trying to comit a criminal act either - he "thoght" he was doing the right thing and being compassionate.  

May 18th - 12:50pm | Rick B.

It isn't a scam if you don't screw up bad enough to be cited. You feel the same way about your speeding tickets no doubt.

May 18th - 12:43pm | Kurt Repanshek

Don, with some ranchers figuring a bison calf is worth $1,400 gross, I'd say the fine is pretty low when you consider the calf had to be put down.

May 18th - 11:53am | Don J

So not only does he get fined but a $25 processing fee as well.  What a scam - they give you a ticket and then they want $25 to process it.

Op-Ed | The True Meaning Of Soda Mountain: The White House Is Giving Away Our Public Lands

May 18th - 17:29pm | Lee Dalton

argalite, I just tried your source and found it costs something like $35 to access the full text.  But part of their summary was instructive:

May 18th - 17:17pm | Rick B.

Jack Clifford - Kurt's got a nice website here, and most of us regulars do our  best to svoid racist political screeds.

May 18th - 15:45pm | argalite

You want a paper showing the loss of birds to cats compared to wind power and buildings?  Try and refute this one: Direct Mortality of Birds from Anthropogenic Causes Scott R. Loss,1 Tom Will,2 and Peter P. Marra3 And don't try and tell me that these people were bought off, because I know they were not.

Former Effigy Mounds National Monument Superintendent Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Artifacts

May 18th - 14:43pm | Brian Runge

What most fail to understand about the mounds that were "desecrated" by the construction of the boardwalks is that the entire area had been plowed and farmed for nearly 100 years before the boardwalks were built.  The entire area that the parking lot and visitor center sits on was once covered in mounds.

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