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Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

  • A decade ago, visitors at Petrified Forest National Park were stealing the park’s petrified wood at the rate of 12 tons a year. Warning signage, hefty fines, legal purchase options, and other countermeasures have done some good, but losses continue to mount. How much petrified wood is still leaving the park remains anybody’s guess.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

  • National Park Service officials have finalized winter-use rules for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and quickly drew condemnation for ignoring what's best for the parks' natural resources.

  • While most often we hear about fish, bird, or animal species needing Endangered Species Act protection, today a group is asking the U.S.

  • Like to count? Like birds? Like to count birds in Zion National Park?

    If so, have the folks at Zion got a deal for you. The park's annual Christmas Bird Count is set for Saturday, December 20, 2008, and the park needs some volunteers to help with the counting. The count is open to birders of all skill levels.

  • Winter is a unique time of the year to experience Grand Teton National Park, and the park will begin its popular ranger-led snowshoe hikes on December 26th. These 2-hour excursions offer the chance to learn about winter ecology while experiencing a classic, winter transportation mode—wooden snowshoes.