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Friday, October 10th, 2008

  • In a move that could be interpreted as a thumb in the eye of congressional oversight, the Bush administration is moving to revoke Congress's authority to direct the Interior secretary to withdraw public lands from mining under certain situations, according to U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva.

  • The new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center opening October 10 at Mount Rainier National Park completes a major project to improve visitor services at Paradise, the park’s most popular area.

  • National parks are great places to take photos, and there are some opportunities for unusual images at the Big Thicket National Preserve in southeast Texas.

  • Millions of motorists enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway every year, but few have ever heard of Stanley W. Abbott, the young landscape architect who became the parkway’s first superintendent and threaded the road through the mountains. It’s a shame that Abbott is little known and scarcely appreciated outside professional-historical circles.

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

  • A pack of cigarettes, a hat, some keys, and a boot are among the few clues searchers have to go on in their hunt for a ginseng hunter missing in Shenandoah National Park for ten days.