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Reader Participation Day: Will Expanded Wi-Fi Enhance The National Park Experience?

Nov 19th - 09:49am | Margaret Stocker

As a RV volunteer at national parks and other national recreational facilities, access to wi-fi is among the incentives for me to give my time and the expense of going to a park that is distant from my home territory.  In fact, it's essential.

Traveler's View: Concerning Times For National Park System

Nov 19th - 09:32am | CWA

Some commentators are optimistic about the incoming administration; I hope you're right.

Interactive Exhibits Part Of New Look For Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Nov 18th - 18:44pm | Rick B.

My wife was the curator for this collection for some years before we left Alaska last summer. At various times nearly all park staff and many local citizens were able to contribute to the efforts. We're glad to hear of this success as well as Jeff Smith's Parlor.

Nov 18th - 18:38pm | Megaera

I wondered whether it was the visitor center in Seattle or the one in Skagway until I clicked on the headline.  The visitor center in Seattle just got redone a few years ago, and it's great.  I'm glad the one in Skagway got a redo, too.

Musings From Oregon Caves National Monument

Nov 18th - 11:59am | [email protected]

Relevant References to a Trump AdministrationNot Valuing Public Lands, but Possibly Selling to Pay America's $20 Trillion $ Debt ? 

Nov 17th - 23:00pm | R.D. Payne

Even before Drury became NPS Director, in April 1940, while Arno Cammerer was still NPS Director, the National Park Service released a study titled: Field Report of Committee, Proposed Port Orford Cedar National Monument (a hard-to-read electronic copy can be found at:

Nov 17th - 19:24pm | Megaera

My main memory of Oregon Caves is going there on my honeymoon and my then-husband giving himself a clunk right on the forehead because he didn't duck far enough!

Nov 17th - 15:58pm | Lee Dalton

Chalet, Chateau --- Too many Ch's to keep track of.  I missed it, too, Kurt.  No matter what you call 'em, they're both some classical buildings.  But I just realized that I used the words Chateau and Lodge in the same paragraph to refer to the same building.  The building is the lodging place for guests, but it is called the Chateau.  The Chalet is located just across

Nov 17th - 13:53pm | Kurt Repanshek

Good catch, Rich. We've corrected the caption. That was on us, not Lee.

Nov 17th - 13:37pm | richp

Oregon Caves ranks in the top 10 NPS units we've visited (out of about 200). Quite an accomplishment for one of the smaller, les granidose parks. We spent 2 nights in the Chateau, did the cave tour, hiked the trails and enjoyed the evening campfire with the few other guests in the chateau. I agree with Lee about the road up; it's no place for a large RV.

Nov 17th - 06:04am | [email protected]

Indeed,  Oregon Caves NM is a most curious landscape to visit in SW Oregon.  In addition It was Newton B. Drury of The Save The Redwoods League who recognized the ecological attributes between coastal redwoods and Port Orford Cedar.   Drury, former

Between Two Fires: A Fire History Of Contemporary America

Nov 18th - 11:50am | Utahredhots

Stephen Pyne is a fine and careful scholar whose work on fire history and sustainability is recognized globally.  He also wrote a terrific book called How the Canyon Became Grand: A Short History.  For another look at the environment in the West, check out NPT's review of Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West (posted Nov. 16).

Nov 18th - 09:42am | JcMiles

I suggest everyone read Pyne's book. If you do you will learn that climate change, whatever is bringing it on, is only part of a very challenging situation.

Nov 17th - 15:55pm | Gary Wilson

Yeah, he's just a mindless land prostitute... not really someone to take seriously on any sort of scientific debate about ecology.  It definitely gets old on this forum, because he won't let the adults have an adult conversation, and he dumbs down the conversation CONSTANTLY.  I wish Kurt would change the forum software so that guys like him can be put on a block list.

Nov 17th - 15:16pm | ecbuck

Rick, it doesn't take a scientist to see the AGW predictions have been horribly wrong.

Nov 17th - 14:44pm | Owen Hoffman

It's amazing to me when reading the commentary on NPT that EC Buck keeps repeating the same old tired stuff, over and over again.  He keeps writing the same anti-global warming drivel, despite the overwhelming scientific consensus to the contrary.  

Nov 17th - 14:23pm | Rick B.

Eric, you are a salesman, not a scientist. Neil Tyson is a scientist. I'm going with what he says, and ignoring whatever your political fetish makes you say.

Nov 17th - 13:48pm | ecbuck

More predictions that are likely to end up like the previous ones, horribly wrong. Interest that you note the recent big fire activity - in a period where there has been no warming.  

Nov 17th - 13:20pm | [email protected]

As the world warms, we can expect more Intense WildfiresAmerica's early century  fires achieved 

Nov 17th - 12:21pm | Gary Wilson

He sure does struggle with reality.  Anyway, Rick, pretty much hit it.  Combine that with rainforests being carved out and turned into methane producing cattle pastures.

Nov 17th - 11:38am | Rick B.

Another significant factor in climate change since the 1950's being the post WWII proliferation of mass produced internal combustion engines.

Nov 17th - 10:43am | ecbuck

No "eh"  What happened before the 1950s?  Is the increased acreage solely due to drought or perhaps a policy of fire suppression played a role?  And are you the one that was telling us it was raining to much?  Perhaps it was too much rain that was the cause.  Can very well happen.

Nov 17th - 09:49am | Gary Wilson

EC, you really should just quit while you are so far behind.. Since the 1950s having a fire season where more than 7 million acres were burned did not occur at any sort of frequency, in fact it only happened once.  After 2000, it has happened 8 times over the last 16 years.

Nov 17th - 08:43am | ecbuck

Such poppycock you site: "The worst wildfire ever? Firefighters battle huge 30,000 acre blaze..."  

Nov 17th - 05:29am | [email protected]

To deny the role of climate change toward more intense droughts is to bury your head in the sand and not acknowledge the many recent incidents of very intense fire behavior.

Nov 16th - 20:14pm | Lee Dalton

NOAA data shows that as temperature patterns change worldwide, as arctic ice rapidly melts and allows waters in the Arctic Ocean to warm -- even ever so slightly -- airflow tracks around the Northern Hemisphere are profoundly affected.  Thus, we are experiencing drier "weather" in some places and wetter in others.  The recent extremely cold winters in the Northeast developed as a resu

Nov 16th - 19:54pm | Gary Wilson

You obviously don't understand my post, which i'm not suprised.  Secondly, M13 was posting a quote from a book, obviously.  Since around the mid 90s the trend is beginning to show an amplification in extreme fluctuations.  A large portion of Texas for example, went through a 5 year drought that was considered one of the worst in their history.

Nov 16th - 19:41pm | ecbuck

Oh, so M13 thinks AGW is causing drought and you think it is causing excessive rain.  But hey, the science is settled.  LOL

Nov 16th - 19:39pm | Gary Wilson

The amplification between extreme drought and extreme rainfalls (ie floods) is definitely occuring in this region too.  We've seen the driest year on record in 2007, the wettest year on record in 2013, and now the warmest period on record over the last 5 months, which will make 2016 be one of, if not the driest on record after december 31st comes and goes.

Nov 16th - 17:40pm | ecbuck

To deny the role of climate change toward more intense droughts is to bury your head in the sand.   No its awareness of the facts rather than making up data to support something you want to believe.  There haven't been "more intense droughts" .  If anything we have averaged on the wet side since the 1970s

Nov 16th - 12:08pm | [email protected]

Read Stephen Pyne's great books on America's Cultural Fire History: The increasing numbers of humans living in forested landscapes means a greater fire incidence combined with dreadful droughts.  Humans are the primary ignition source

Nov 16th - 11:23am | Gary Wilson

I've been pulling a lot of data as well as filming quite a bit of the drought that has led to these fires that are occurring in the southeast.  This is definitely an interesting time.  I think years worth of fire suppression, combined with what seems to be a pattern of extreme climate varability where we fluctuate betwen warmest pattern on record to driest pattern on record all within

Nov 16th - 08:19am | ecbuck

I guess you didn't read the article, m13,  

Public Comments Favor Removing Enchanted Valley Chalet From Olympic National Park's Backcountry

Nov 17th - 22:24pm | RodF

The headline is not true.  The majority of the 1405 comments are individual letters asking the Park to preserve Enchanted Valley Chalet.  Nearly all of these are from hikers who have actually visited it themselves, often many times. 

Bridge And Boardwalk To Span Brooks River At Katmai National Park Gets Park Service Approval

Nov 17th - 20:12pm | Ray Bane

Mike Fitz's comment is an excellent overview of the Brooks River/Brooks Camp issue.  The original Development Concept Plan calls for the removal of visitor and administrative facilities from the north side of Brooks River to be relocated to a site on a nearby bluff.  It's purpose was to provide a refuge zone for bears largely where they would be minimally disturbed by visitors.

Nov 16th - 22:29pm | Mike Fitz

This bridge was originally promoted as a means to help facilitate the move of Brooks Lodge and visitor facilities away from prime bear viewing habitat near the mouth of Brooks River. That was a main goal of the 1996 Brooks River Development Concept Plan (even though the 1996 plan rejected an option with a permanent, elevated bridge).

Nov 16th - 09:07am | snowchaser

Having been there a couple of times, I think this is exactly the right thing to do for the bears, the salmon, AND the people.  The new bridge will keep people away from the bears much better because it is high above the river and considerably longer than the old bank-to-bank bridge.  This prevents having to close the bridge while the bears are nearby, both so as not to disturb the bea

Nov 16th - 06:17am | Rebecca Latson ...

Hell, it's not about the wildlife, it's about the people, fer cryin' out loud. Right?  I sure hope that elevated bridge can withstand alot of weight, because not only will people be crowding the original viewing platform but they will be lining the elevated bridge cheek by jowl.

Is NPS Getting Ready To Toss Bluffs Lodge On The Scrap Heap?

Nov 17th - 20:10pm | Susan Dotterer Dixon

It would be so wonderful if someone or group would renovate and restore the lodge and the coffee shop at Doughton Park. One of my favorite childhood memories is staying at Bluffs Lodge every October for my birthday. It is sad to see the grounds so run down as they were always so manicured.

Tram To Top Of Gateway Arch Will Close Until Spring For Upgrades

Nov 17th - 19:34pm | Rick B.

It is indeed a weird ride, but worth it.

Nov 17th - 19:18pm | Megaera

I was sorry to miss the Museum of Westward Expansion when I was in St. Louis this summer, since it was closed, but I did get to see the Arch.  That said, I saw a tram car (set up in the old courthouse as part of the museum there), and you couldn't pay me ride in that thing.  Claustrophobia city!

Traveler's View: The National Park Service Failed Its Mission With Plan For Addition Lands at Big Cypress National Preserve

Nov 17th - 19:20pm | do something

I can't believe you have the time to write this, you should lose your job for writing a make believe lie.You have no idea about this land.Floridians have been using it for years there is no way to walk all this land and most hikers wouldn't walk off the trail to see more.

Photography In The National Parks: Focus On The Eyes, Focus On The Light

Nov 17th - 10:26am | mtgnppics

Thanks for another enlightening article.  I've gotten animals with lovely fur, but (in a hurry) not-quite-sharp eyes. 

Why Preserve One Square Mile Of State Land Inside Grand Teton National Park?

Nov 16th - 20:23pm | n ziw

It's not Glacier Nat'l Park; it's Grand Tetons... you better read the article again.....

The Park Under the Bridge

Nov 16th - 16:16pm | F DeL

Many of the major bridges have forts under them. There's at least 5 to 10 under the New York City bridges.

Angels Landing In Zion National Park To Close Thursday For Cleaning

Nov 16th - 09:44am | tahoma

You haven't seen a National Park Service budget lately, I'll bet.Very few people have:

Nov 16th - 09:27am | Rocky Mountain Mike

You haven't seen a National Park Service budget lately, I'll bet.

UPDATE: Men Pay More Than $52,000 For Cutting Down 400 Trees In Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Nov 16th - 09:00am | SmokiesBackpacker

You are close to being spot on, Lee. However, move up one level to the Senate.  And this proves it.

Three Days In Big Bend National Park

Nov 16th - 08:49am | Lee Dalton

Thank you, Dick.  I travel with my little portable motel -- a 16ft Casita trailer -- so I'm only concerned with very cold temps that might freeze pipes.  What concerns me most these days is whether or not I will need to try to reserve a campsite ahead of time or not.   Any intel on that?

Nov 16th - 08:22am | Courtney Lyons-...

Thanks for the article Rebecca!  It was nice seeing you when you were in the Park.  

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