The Latest News & Views

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

  • Tough times in Washington, in terms of fiscal affairs, mean tough times for the National Park Service. And that's very noticeable in the agency's proposed construction budget for the coming fiscal year.

    The National Park Service budget of nearly $3 billion submitted for fiscal year 2013 (October 2012 through September 2013) includes $131 million in requests for construction projects.

  • Zion National Park offers some popular locations for climbers, but a recent ill-advised attempt to scale a route known as the Moonlight Buttress offers some good reminders...and an example of "how not to do it."

    One climbing website describes Moonlight Buttress as one of the premier sandstone big walls in the world.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

  • A federal judge has ruled that the National Park Service acted without sound reasoning in 2007 when it reopened more than 22 miles of off-road vehicle trails in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida and ordered that the routes be closed before month's end.

    "Simply stated, NPS’s decision to convert 1.58 miles of primary trail to secondary trail, to re-open 1

  • We're just entering the peak of the summer vacation season, but 2012 has already set some unwelcome records, including destructive wildfires and all-time high temperatures in many states.

    The scorching weather may make some parks—including lakes, seashores and higher elevation locales—even more appealing, although the publicity from major western fires may give some vacationers pause.

  • Gateway National Recreation Area now has more room for some happy campers, as the Park Service has opened a seven-site campground at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island.

    The tent sites, built in part by volunteers from Staten Island Boy Scout Troop 37, are nestled among trees and historic fortifications, and offer outstanding views of the Verranzano Bridge and N