A massive outbreak of mountain pine beetles, which are efficient killers of lodgepole pine trees, is forcing Rocky Mountain National Park officials to reduce campground sites this summer as they work to mitigate the beetles' impacts.
Winter is still raging in some parts of the country, but that doesn't mean a respite isn't in the offing. Proof of that is news of the opening dates of the campgrounds at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The National Parks Second Century Commission has been traveling around the country since late last summer looking into the needs of the National Park System. Now the commission wants to hear your thoughts about the parks' needs.