The Latest News & Views

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of our oldest national parks, having been established in 1916 through the merging of two national monuments proclaimed in 1907 (Cinder Cone and Lassen Peak National Monuments). Until this week, however, Lassen Volcanic has never had a formal visitor center.

  • If it were designated part of the National Park System today, what would we call Dinosaur National Monument?

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

  • A cantankerous black bear on an island in Lake Superior is proof that bear problems in the National Park System are not restricted to the West or the Appalachians.

    This particular bear, a 200-pounder, has forced Apostle Islands National Lakeshore officials to close public access to Manitou Island.

  • Debris created by Hurricane Ike litters the beaches at Padre Island National Seashore. Cleaning it up is a mammoth task that must be done quickly.

  • Steamtown National Historic Site has scheduled steam-powered train trips in the Pocono Mountains during the fall foliage season. Critics have loudly complained about Steamtown’s sparse excursion schedule, but there’s little to dislike about these leaf peeper outings.