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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

  • There's a new visitor center coming to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, over at Oconaluftee.

    Park officials today announced that they've wrapped up work on an environmental assessment on the potential impacts of the visitor center and determined that there would be no significant impact from its construction.

  • Though it's been a mostly quiet winter on the coast of North Carolina, things might get a bit testy in the coming weeks as Cape Hatteras National Seashore releases its pre-nesting closure plans to protect piping plovers, a threatened species.

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

  • This is the inaugural posting in our new National Park Mystery Plant series. We hope to eventually make the mystery plant quiz a regular feature of Traveler.

  • Editor's note: In an effort to better understand how other countries are managing their parklands, and to compare and contrast U.S. efforts to those from abroad, Traveler on occasion run items from beyond U.S. borders. This post questions why Japan allows clear-cutting in its iconic park, Daisetsuzan National Park.

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

  • In recent weeks there has been an increase in attacks on National Parks Traveler by spammers. While our CAPTCHA system prevents most computerized attacks, it can't stop those performed by individuals.