The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

  • 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.

Monday, December 8th, 2008

  • U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, who hasn't been bashful about criticizing President Bush's stewardship of public lands, should be the next Interior secretary, according to a far-reaching coalition of conservation and environmental groups.

  • I don't know of anyone who is happy about the current economic situation, but while we're waiting for a turn-around, here's a question to ponder: Can a bad economy ever be good for parks?

    In at least one case, the answer seems to be "yes," because the Great Depression played a key role in saving the Yorktown Battlefield from private development.