The Latest News & Views

Monday, June 8th, 2009

  • Bear-watching in Alaska is a big draw for tourists come summer. This podcast offers pointers on where to go in search of bears, what permits are necessary, and how to stay safe.

    If you don't have a pen to jot down where and when to go, you can find the information on a PDF at this site.

  • National parks can, and do, provide an economic lifeline to their surrounding communities. In its latest report, the National Parks Conservation Association points out just how valuable southeastern Utah's parks are to their nearby communities.

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

  • While Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is allowing free entry to national parks for three weekends this summer to boost visitation, it seems many park travelers already are heading back to the national parks, at least in the case of [url=http://www.nps.gov/yell]Yellowstone

  • Not all encounters with park bears are as cordial as the one depicted in the archival photo accompanying this article. In fact, the one I'm going to tell you about was a bit on the stressful side. I swear this story is true. A ranger related it to me, and rangers never lie.

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

  • The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, is reportedly almost out of money and may have to close later this year. A Virginia congressman has introduced legislation to "bring the Memorial under the supervision of the National Park Service." Is an NPS bailout the right answer?

    Here's some background information: