The Latest News & Views

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

  • A cantankerous black bear on an island in Lake Superior is proof that bear problems in the National Park System are not restricted to the West or the Appalachians.

    This particular bear, a 200-pounder, has forced Apostle Islands National Lakeshore officials to close public access to Manitou Island.

  • Debris created by Hurricane Ike litters the beaches at Padre Island National Seashore. Cleaning it up is a mammoth task that must be done quickly.

  • Steamtown National Historic Site has scheduled steam-powered train trips in the Pocono Mountains during the fall foliage season. Critics have loudly complained about Steamtown’s sparse excursion schedule, but there’s little to dislike about these leaf peeper outings.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

  • Dolly Parton grew up in Tennessee not far from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, she's sung My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, Mule Skinner Blues, My Tennessee Mountain Home, and Tennessee Homesick Blues, so should it be any surprise that the singer has been named ambassador for the park's 75th birthday?

  • North Cascades National Park, part of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex in Washington, celebrates its 40th anniversary today, October 2. The park you see today is a calm, peaceful corner of America, standing like an unwavering sentinel on the Canadian Border.