The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

  • Is the salvation of our natural souls tied to the preservation of wilderness? And if it is, must we actually travel into the wilderness to achieve its benefits, or is it simply enough to know wilderness exists? As the Wilderness Act turns 44, how much has it done to protect nature?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

  • It’s well established that high gas prices are causing many day-trippers, weekenders, and vacationers to travel less and choose destinations closer to home. Travel experts have assumed (but not conclusively proven) that national parks in more distant locations may experience significant long term declines in attendance.

  • Are our national parks in need of a facelift to attract tourist dollars? Should our wild places be better at catering to those wanting some luxury and pampering?

Monday, September 1st, 2008

  • If you scroll through the National Park Service list of national park birthdays, you’ll see a September entry that seems more than a bit odd. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the list informs us, was established on September 1, 1959. Whoa! Can that possibly be true?

  • There is a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin, a 20-mile long portion of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland that lies just south of Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota.