The Latest News & Views

Friday, January 9th, 2009

  • One of our oldest national parks was a pacesetter in several categories: it was the first cave in the world to be designated a national park, among the first NPS areas to use fire as a natural tool to maintain a prairie and forest landscape, and a key location in the effort to restore a wild bison population to the West.

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

  • If you're a fan of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then you know that it marks its 75th birthday in just a little more than six months. Did you also know all the special events the park is planning?

    To help you keep track, here's a little cheat-sheet. You can print it out and attach it to your fridge or save it on your desktop. Just don't lose it!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

  • It's big, it's bad, but it's not gonna blow.

    That's what the USGS is saying to counter a fake web site that's calling for evacuation of Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas due to an impending eruption.

  • A massive lands bill introduced today by Senator Jeff Bingaman would, if passed by Congress and signed by the president, designate hundreds of thousands of acres of official wilderness across the National Park System.

  • Another lawsuit has been filed in a bid to prevent a change in national park gun rules. Late Tuesday the National Parks Conservation Association and the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington.