The Latest News & Views

Friday, May 8th, 2009

  • What better day to go on a ranger-led tour of birding sites in Grand Teton or Yellowstone national parks than on International Migratory Bird Day?

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

  • President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal 2010 budget includes $2.7 billion for the National Park Service, a $171 million increase from FY09. Within that total is $68 million for use in buying private property inside national park boundaries.

  • Talk about whether search-and-rescue subjects should be bill by their rescuers is getting a lot of attention lately. On Friday, ABC TV's 20/20 program will raise that question.

  • National Park Service reports on the impacts of commercial oyster farming at Point Reyes National Seashore were skewed, "selectively" manipulated in several areas, and inconclusive overall, according to a National Research Council review.

  • It's been a tough week or so for hikers, mule riders and rescue teams at Grand Canyon National Park. During a 6-day span, a hiker fell off a trail and a rider was injured in an accident on a mule trip. Both required rescue via a park helicopter.