The Latest News & Views

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

  • The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopens to the public on July 4. Soon somebody schlepping up those 354 steps will have the dubious distinction of being the first visitor to make a personal acquaintance with Lady Liberty’s RAT.

  • With the U.S. Senate's inaction on a measure that would direct the National Park Service to allow stocking of non-native fish in North Cascades National Park, that practice has come to an end. But park biologists are working with Washington state fisheries experts to improve fishing opportunities elsewhere in the park.

  • Here's a good deal: The National Park Foundation will give you a free "Owner's Guide" to the National Park System to help you enjoy the parks.

  • Officials at Lake Mead National Recreation Area are expecting plenty of visitors for the holiday weekend, and they're reminding them about new regulations that went into effect last March: glass and styrofoam containers are no longer welcome in the park.

  • Our personal vehicles may have made it possible for most Americans to travel widely, but there are definite tradeoffs. We're all familiar with the negative impacts of too many cars, SUVs, and RVs on the environment—and being caught in a traffic jam or spending a big chunk of your vacation looking for a parking place doesn't add to the enjoyment of a park visit.