The Latest News & Views

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

  • The "leash law" for pets in national parks is intended to protect pets, wildlife and park visitors from undesirable encounters, but even following the letter of the law can occasionally have an unexpected outcome. Perhaps that's even more likely to be true when the situation involves a cat on a leash.

    The following story, sent to me by a reader, provides a good example.

  • In the fall of 2007, a film crew followed the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon as “The Marching Twenty-Four” toured and performed their precision drills in more than a dozen cities, towns, and special places – including national parks -- across the United States.

  • Regardless of whether you believe climate change is being driven by human causes, efforts to see a reduction in greenhouse gases and other pollutants can only benefit society. To help you reduce your own "carbon footprint," the National Parks Conservation Association is launching a public awareness campaign.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

  • Waste-water treatment plant overhauls. New boardwalks. Foot and bridle trail restoration. Roadwork. Attacking invasive species. These are some of the ways $750 million in federal economic recovery funds will be used across the National Park System.

  • What beats a family weekend at a national park? Getting $100 knocked off the price tag of that weekend. And that's the Earth Day present being offered today by the North Cascades Institute.