The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

  • More than a year after Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne appointed a task force to look into the consequences of climate change on public lands, including national parks, the committee has released three reports examining that topic.

  • Interior Department officials have been notified that a lawsuit will be forthcoming over decisions to designate critical habitat for piping plover at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
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  • A 25-year-old Tennessean died Wednesday from injuries suffered nearly a month ago in a fall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Jeremy Frye, of Knoxville, fell 25-30 feet from the top of Grotto Falls along the park's Trillium Gap Trail back on November 8.

  • If you're planning a trip to Valley Forge National Historical Park and have hopes of touring General George Washington's headquarters, you might want to delay your visit. The stone house is closed to the public while workers perform an array of repairs.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

  • The NPS has announced an annual cap of 1,500 on Mount McKinley climbers. Officials believe that unchecked growth in McKinley climbing would lead to intolerable crowding, put too much strain on park resources, cause environmental problems, and compromise climber safety. Are caps on the way in other climbing parks?