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Friday, October 10th, 2008

  • The establishment of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site on October 10, 1980, did more than just preserve the martyred civil rights leader’s birth home and church. It provided further impetus for the preservation of one of America’s most important black neighborhoods.

  • 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.