The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

  • How many hats should we expect national park rangers to wear? Already we expect them to cover law enforcement, interpretation, and backcountry patrols, and to be quick to put on their "search and rescue" hat when need arises.

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

  • Citing serious safety hazards, the National Park Service has barred public access to the abandoned Keane Wonder Mine site at Death Valley National Park. The old mine site, which has already claimed one visitor’s life, is loaded with hazards of many kinds.

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

  • Editor's note: Jim Burnett's first career covered 30 years with the National Park Service. Now a writer (he's the author of the popular Hey Ranger books that chronicle the humorous side of life in the national parks), Jim provides the following report on flooding at Big Bend National Park.

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park came into being as a component of Hawaii National Park, which was established on 1 August 1916. However, it celebrates its 47th anniversary as a stand-alone unit on September 22. The fireworks are appropriately being provided by Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

  • Despite all the issues that constantly swirl around the National Park System -- funding constraints, staffing woes, rising fees -- there's still more to be proud about than disappointed.