The Latest News & Views

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

  • If you like to climb in Shenandoah National Park you might just want to pay attention to the park's work on updating its rock outcrop management plan, which includes climbing guidelines.

  • Ahh, the lowly wooly adelgid. This nasty import, though small, has been threatening the viability of hemlock trees in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In an effort to blunt its advance, park technicians will be spraying trees in Cades Cove early next month. As a result, the loop road will be temporarily closed.

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

  • Happy Valley -- the one in Saguaro National Park, not Penn State -- is somewhat of an anomaly when you think of the desert Southwest. While there are cacti to be found in the vegetation that surrounds the Happy Valley campsite, there also are some nice coniferous trees that lend a more northerly feel to the setting.

  • Quiet is a resource, and Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve has plenty of it. In fact, acoustic monitoring reveals that this remarkable park has one of the quietest soundscapes in the entire country.

Friday, November 21st, 2008

  • Geologic reports that point to an inherent instability of the Glacier Point cliff face have led Yosemite National Park officials to permanently close roughly one-third of Curry Village to overnight accommodations.