The Latest News & Views

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

  • A federal judge, in a biting opinion highly critical of the Bush administration's Interior Department, has blocked a rule change that would have allowed national park visitors to carry concealed weapons.

  • The Pacific Crest Trail ranges from Canada to Mexico, running through Washington, Oregon, and California along the way, traversing not one but seven units of the National Park System in the process.

  • hand•book: noun; “a compact reference book on some subject; manual of facts or instructions.”

    Kudos to the National Park Service and Eastern National. This new handbook on the American Revolution is a gem.

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

  • Birch bark was a key building material for Native Americans and the fur trappers who traveled across Canada and the northern United States. It was used for baskets as well as canoes. If you've got time, you can learn how to weave your own creations with birch bark at Voyageuers National Park.

  • Foreword: Last September, Sabattis and I collaborated on a Traveler article entitled “Are There Really 391 Units in the National Park System? You Won’t Think So After You Read This!”.