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Friday, January 9th, 2009

  • How will families with youngsters feel about attending interpretive programs in national parks when the person next to them might be armed? Will the National Park Service have to install metal detectors in parks to ensure gun owners don't enter buildings with their sidearms?

  • Heartiest congratulations to Muir Woods National Monument, which is celebrating its 101st anniversary today. President Theodore Roosevelt used authority granted him by the Antiquities Act of 1906 to establish the park by proclamation on January 9, 1908.

  • A federal judge is working on a schedule to hear arguments on the Bush administration's decision to allow national park visitors to carry concealed weapons.

    With no injunction in sight, that means park managers across the nation should be taking down their "no guns allowed" signs today.

  • One of our oldest national parks was a pacesetter in several categories: it was the first cave in the world to be designated a national park, among the first NPS areas to use fire as a natural tool to maintain a prairie and forest landscape, and a key location in the effort to restore a wild bison population to the West.

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

  • If you're a fan of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then you know that it marks its 75th birthday in just a little more than six months. Did you also know all the special events the park is planning?

    To help you keep track, here's a little cheat-sheet. You can print it out and attach it to your fridge or save it on your desktop. Just don't lose it!