The Latest News & Views

Friday, March 13th, 2009

  • The last time I saw a grizzly in Yellowstone National Park, back in September, it was more interested in grubs, tubers and forbs than it was in me, fortunately. But that was last fall, when the park's bears were just topping off their nutritional needs. Now they're coming out of hibernation and they're really hungry.

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

  • Rhododendron and Mountain laurel provide beautiful blooms in the late spring and early summer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Those thickets can also have a dark side, as two hikers recently learned the hard way.

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  • What seemed to be a fairly innocuous announcement, that the National Park Service was banning lead ammunition and fishing gear throughout the National Park System, has drawn the ire of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

  • A massive lands bill, one that would have added nearly 1 million acres of national park lands to the national wilderness system, has failed to gain passage in the U.S. House of Representatives. But it could live to see another vote.

    Overall the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 would, if enacted, permanently protect more than 2 million acres of America’s wilderness.

  • For those of you who keep track of the national parks with stamp collections, get ready to add two new stamps to your albums.