The Latest News & Views

Monday, July 14th, 2008

  • The National Park Organic Act of 1916 directed the fledging National Park Service to, more than anything else, protect the resources of the growing National Park System.

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

  • To many, the heart and soul of Olympic National Park is the temperate rainforest. There so much moisture falls that places such as the Hoh Rainforest and the Queets valley feel spongy, the air heavy with humidity.

    Indeed, when the park was set aside in 1938, it was done so "to preserve the finest sample of primeval forests in the entire United States."

  • At Oregon Caves National Monument in southwestern Oregon, resource managers are using a survey method called Visitor Impact Mapping to better understand where and how visitors have affected the condition of the marble cave that is the park’s centerpiece attraction.

Friday, July 11th, 2008

  • Dry conditions in the Southwest have prompted Zion National Park officials to institute fire restrictions, including a ban on campfires and smoking on trails.

    Park officials feel that the risk to public safety and structures within Zion from a human-caused fire is great enough that these restrictions are necessary.

  • What do you get with 54 tons of concrete, 3,500 stainless steel bolts, and 35,000 pounds of structural steel? A new way to head toward the surface at Mammoth Cave National Park.