The Latest News & Views

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

  • It took a while, but the National Park Service has signed off on a plan that prevents railroads from routinely using explosives to clear avalanche chutes above tracks that run along the southern border of Glacier National Park.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

  • Utah's canyon country is such a breath-taking landscape, and its place names bear that out. Desolation Canyon. The Book Cliffs. Gates of Lodore. Nine Mile Canyon. These places can't literally speak, but they have many stories to tell.

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore celebrates its 42nd birthday on November 5th, but it joined the national park system only after a lengthy labor and difficult delivery.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

  • Finally, a non-controversial topic. Or is it? Yosemite National Park officials are launching a study into how they can improve eight of 12 trails that have trailheads along the Tioga Road.

    The goal is to not only protect sensitive natural and cultural resources along the trailheads, but to improve visitor safety, access, and enjoyment.

  • Large-scale tidal wetland restoration projects are very expensive. At Point Reyes National Seashore, it cost $12 million to re-flood 560 acres of former pasture land and create the new Giacomini Wetlands. This is not just an exercise in “feel good” environmental action.