The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

  • If the National Park Service were graded on how it's managing the National Park System, its latest report card would reflect a mediocre student, one with poor attention to detail and who, perhaps, doesn't play well with others.

    Ethnography? F

    Cultural landscapes? F

    Archaeology? D-

    Historic Structures? D

    Museum Collections and archives? D

    History? D

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

  • Heavy rains frequently wash out sections of the Carbon River Road in the northwestern corner of Mount Rainier National Park. In fact, the road has been closed since torrential rains destroyed parts of it back in November 2006. Now park officials are wondering whether they should even try to reopen the road to vehicles.

  • Biscayne National Park celebrates its 40th birthday on June 28. Situated just a few miles south of Miami, and encompassing most of Biscayne Bay, it is one of the largest marine parks in the National Park System and the only place in the world where a living coral reef lies adjacent to a large metro area. Biscayne is an ecological treasure and a marvelous playground.

  • Twenty-six of the 600 or so known species of treefrogs live in North America. One of these, the Pacific Treefrog, is quite common in the far Western states. If fact, if you've ever heard a frog doing its “ribbet” thing anywhere along the Pacific Coast, it's probably been this one.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

  • It’s bad manners to look a gift horse in the mouth. But what if the gift horse is a big, modern-looking art museum and the donor insists that it be built in an historic national park setting?