The Latest News & Views

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

  • How much is a national park worth? That's difficult to truly answer once you move beyond dollars and cents.

  • Great weather, when compared to January 2011, is thought to be behind a nearly 24 percent increase in visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park this past January.

    In January 2011, the Newfound Gap Road between Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Cherokee, North Carolina, was c

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

  • Everglades National Park now has a large population of Burmese pythons that can grow to very large size. The largest captured so far was a 16-footer that weighed 140 pounds.

    The National Park Service believes that the snakes are bad for the Everglades ecosystem, but pose very little threat to Everglades visitors. Do you agree?

  • Sightseeing flights -- buzzing helicopters and droning planes -- over national parks long have been a contentious issue.

  • Not only is a warming world forcing a tiny chipmunk towards the roof of Yosemite National Park, but it appears to be eroding the genetic diversity of the species as well, according to a study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers.

    While it wasn't too long ago that you could hear the squeaking chipmunk