The Latest News & Views

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

  • Those tiny mussels called Quaggas cause major problems in lakes and rivers, including those in national parks, and they're spreading across the country. If you think this won't affect you, better think again.

  • Several recent articles in the Traveler have highlighted search and rescue missions. In a reminder that such activities are rarely routine and often dangerous, a Mount Rainier National Park climbing ranger and a renowned Mount Rainier climbing guide have received a Valor Award and a Citizen’s Award for Bravery from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

  • President Obama stated his support for the 2nd Amendment during the presidential campaign. But how does he stand on allowing national park visitors to arm themselves?

  • Add one dose social-networking, a dollop of corporate charity, and blend with hope that younger generations like national parks and the National Park Foundation could leverage a portion of a $3 million grab bag for the parks.

  • There's something special about the Appalachian Mountains and the folks who homesteaded them and handed down their traditions to their kin. This Saturday you can experience a rich slice of that lifestyle at the annual "Cosby in the Park" festival at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.