The Latest News & Views

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

  • We don't often hear about the National Park System's marine sites, but one that's worth learning more about is the Buck Island Reef National Monument. You can't easily get there, as not only is it located in the Caribbean, but most of it is under water.

    Here's a quick lowdown taken from the Buck Island website:

  • Any NPS area that has very many trees will occasionally face a dilemma: what to do with the wood that results from activities such as hazardous tree removal, wildland fire fuel reduction and similar work? Yellowstone National Park has one solution—firewood permits.

    The park recently released the following details:


  • It's that time of year again -- the peregrine falcons are the Precipice Cliff in Acadia National Park. And while that means you can't head up the Precipice Trail, you can get a good look at these raptors that once were thought on the way to extinction.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

  • Hundreds of thousands of acres of officially designated wilderness. Boundary adjustments that will preserve cultural and ecological resources, not to mention scenery. Authorization to create the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail. Official designation of wild and scenic rivers.

  • Winter's worst apparently is behind in the mid-Atlantic states, as Shenandoah National Park is beginning to open its facilities for the spring. In fact, the Big Meadows Campgrounds open Friday.