The Latest News & Views

Monday, May 11th, 2009

  • "Don't feed the bears" is hardly new advice, but whether bears get "people food" due to irresponsible handouts or by raiding campsites, the result is the same: trouble for both animals and humans. To help with this problem, new rules for backcountry campers went into effect on May 1st at Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • What might 2009 hold for wildfires in parks and other areas? Experts at the National Interagency Fire Center have issued a fire season outlook for the next several months that provides an educated guess, and several parks are located in predicted hotspots.

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

  • Boaters can now access the Castle Rock Cut, which has been opened after workers deepened the cut that shortens travel along Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

  • To what lengths should national parks go to combat climate change? Do such efforts run contrary to the National Park Service's mission, to let natural processes run their course? And in some cases, are those efforts akin to turning back a flood with a rake?

  • The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of America’s natural treasures. Winding 469 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia, the parkway annually welcomes more visitors than any of the other 390 units managed by the National Park Service.