The Latest News & Views

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

  • In recent weeks there has been an increase in attacks on National Parks Traveler by spammers. While our CAPTCHA system prevents most computerized attacks, it can't stop those performed by individuals.

  • When the Confederate Army needed artillery, ammunition, or other weaponry, it turned to the Tredegar Ironworks in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. While many of the original buildings were lost to war and time, some remain. One, in fact, serves as a visitor center at the Richmond National Battlefield Park.

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

  • Much of the debate over the rule change that allows national park visitors to arm themselves has been filled with vitriol. But no one, it seems, has considered the wildlife's point of view.

  • A massive outbreak of mountain pine beetles, which are efficient killers of lodgepole pine trees, is forcing Rocky Mountain National Park officials to reduce campground sites this summer as they work to mitigate the beetles' impacts.

  • Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site celebrates its 80th birthday today, February 21. The battle fought there in June 1864 yielded a Confederate victory that was tactically brilliant but strategically wanting.