The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

  • "National parks" are not the only repositories of scenic beauty in the National Park System. You'll find an abundance of spectacular natural landscapes within the National Natural Landmark Program, which just added four new sites.

    The latest additions feature a rare ecosystem in Pennsylvania, the sixth longest cave in Texas, and major fossil sites in Kentucky, New York, and Vermont.

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

  • Eight-hundred tons of rock plunged to the ground behind the Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite National Park the other day, injuring no one but damaging a windshield in a parked car.

    The rockfall last Thursday was attributed by park geologists to the usual freeze-thaw cycles that are common in the park during the winter months.

  • What do you do to pass winter in Minnesota's north country? Why, read books, of course. And if you live close to Voyageurs National Park, you become involved in the park's book club.

    The club has two books left to read this winter.

  • To say Yosemite National Park is an eyeful is an understatement. Everywhere you look it seems there's something to fix your gaze on -- Half Dome, Glacier Point, El Capitan, Tenya Lake.

    But how can we preserve those vistas for future generations? How can we ensure that they're as marvelous (if not more so) 50 or 100 years down the road as they are today?

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

  • Crews at Mammoth Cave National Park have their hands full trying to clean up the park after last week's powerful storm, which downed trees and power lines throughout the park. For the time-being, the park is open under "emergency status."