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Friday, August 29th, 2008

  • On August 28, an adolescent grizzly mauled a woman hiker at her campsite in Alaska’s Gates of the Arctic National Park. Thanks to the quick action of the woman’s companions, the bear was driven away and the victim’s life was spared. The woman, whose identity has not been revealed in early reports, is now being treated at a Fairbanks hospital.

  • At this writing, Tropical Storm Gustav is still in the Caribbean and not yet a hurricane. However, Gustav is expected to get a big energy boost when it moves over warm Gulf of Mexico waters (probably early Sunday) and will likely transition to hurricane strength before making landfall.

  • Crews in Yellowstone National Park are working on turning back the clock on some lands that had once been used as agricultural fields. A pilot project getting under way north of Mammoth Hot Springs aims to restore native vegetation on 22 acres.

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

  • The release of Firefox 3.0 has created a formatting problem when viewing National Parks Traveler. We're aware of this and are working to correct the problem. In the meantime, you might want to hold off from upgrading.

  • I just got off the phone with Sergeant Robert Lachance, Public Information Officer at National Capital Parks-East. This item he submitted for the NPS Morning Report had caught my attention: