The Latest News & Views

Friday, April 10th, 2009

  • Are mineral rights something to worry about when the NPS acquires park lands? You better believe they are. This fact is driven home every day at Big Cypress National Preserve and Padre Island National Seashore, to name just two conspicuous examples. At Flight 93 National Memorial, the NPS seems determined to nip a potentially serious problem in the bud.

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

  • How many of you would jump at the chance to join rangers at Mount Rainier National Park on a three-day camping trek? And keep in mind, this offer comes with equipment, food, and rangers tossed in for free.

  • It must have seemed like a good idea at the time, but a visitor to the Buffalo National River probably has second thoughts about an ill-advised attempt to jump from a bluff to a nearby tree. The man likely owes his life to a combination of good training and hard work by local rescue teams and modern technology.

  • The spectacular old-growth forest of the Congaree floodplain would have been lost forever had it not been for a grassroots campaign that achieved a most improbable victory back in the 1970s. Last weekend, veterans of the campaign gathered at Congaree National Park to share pictures of their grandchildren and memories of the long-ago struggle.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

  • If you enjoy outdoor photography and would like a chance to see your work in publication, you may be interested in the Sixth Annual National Natural Landmarks photo contest.