The Latest News & Views

Monday, September 24th, 2012

  • The recent National Research Council report on the National Park Service’s draft environmental plan of Drakes Estero’s future has provided Interior Secretary Salazar with even further support to protect this valuable estuary in Point Reyes Nation

  • A man who was guiding backpack trips in Grand Canyon National Park without a permit has been fined and banned from visiting the park for a year.

    Brian Thompson, 42, of Cottonwood, Arizona, also was banned from running any guiding trips, paid or unpaid, in national parks or national forests for a year, according to a park release.


  • The National Park Service has placed a ban on campfires in portions of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park.

    Until further notice campfires are banned in the following campgrounds and picnic areas (listed, roughly, north to south):

    Bridge Creek, Bridge Creek Group, Bridge Creek Stock, Shady, Tumwater, High Bridge, Harlequin, Harlequin Group, Rainbow Falls, P

  • A mountain in Joshua Tree National Park has been officially named after Minerava Hoyt in honor of her efforts to see the park designated.

    Mrs. Hoyt grew up in Mississippi during the Civil War Reconstruction Era but moved to Southern California after marrying, and there she fell in love with the desert.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

  • The World’s Most Biodiverse National Park Is ...

    Wonder no more—a remote park in northwest Bolivia is likely the most biologically diverse place on earth, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) study released at the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress, an international gathering of conservationists held in mid-September in Jeju, South