The Latest News & Views

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

  • The leased building that currently serves as the Visitor Information Center for the Amistad National Recreation Area is too small and too old for the park’s needs.

  • A wildfire burning west of Yosemite National Park has forced operations in the Yosemite Valley to run off of generators, and smoke is cutting visibility in some areas of the park. However, everything remains open in the park and all roads leading to it remain open.

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

  • An 18-year-old hired at Olympic National Park in June to fight fires has been killed on the fire-lines in northern California. Andrew "Andy" Palmer died Friday shortly after a tree fell on him during his team's first day on the fire.

  • Gerald R. Ford, 38th president of the United States (1974-1977) was the only U.S. president ever to serve as a national park ranger.

  • On July 9, the US House of Representatives unanimously approved the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (H.R. 6184). An identical version of this bill (S. 3214), and bearing the same name, was introduced to the Senate on June 26 and has received strong support.