The Latest News & Views

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

  • If you're a serious photographer—or just an average one who got lucky—you might want to consider entering some of your shots of national parks in one or more of the following photo contests.

  • If the elk herd at Great Smoky Mountains National Park keeps growing like this, perhaps a gray wolf recovery program will be needed to keep the ungulates from over-grazing the park.

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

  • Death Valley National Park hasn't been immune from the cold, snowy weather of late, as this photo of the Furnace Creek Inn shows.

    While snow didn't make it all the way down to the valley floor, it did leave a beautiful dusting on the surrounding mountains. This photo, by Jimmie Affholder, shows the Funeral Mountains following a recent snowfall.

  • Forty blocks of St. Louis’ historic waterfront were demolished in the 1940s to make room for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Boosters insisted that this was basically a matter of breaking a few eggs to make an omelet. Many preservationists call it a supreme act of vandalism.

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

  • The National Park Service's parent agency, the U. S. Department of the Interior, recently completed a project with both literal and symbolic "green" benefits. Earlier this week, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced completion of a "green roof" on the 3rd wing of the Main Interior Building in Washington, D.C.