Interior Secretary Ken Salazar acted today to withdraw more than 1 million acres surrounding Grand Canyon National Park from hard-rock mining.
The move, which was anticipated, has been described as critical to protect the canyon's watershed from potential adverse effects of additional uranium and other hardrock mining for the next 20 years.
The winter of 2011-2011 has gotten off to a veerryyyy slow start in Yosemite National Park, with the Tioga Road still open in early January and [url=http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2012/01/years-first-ascent-half-dome-shows-how-scarce-snow-yosemite-national-park9282]climbers reaching the t
Editor's note: One of the most trampled units of the National Park System is Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southwestern Arizona, where drug runners, illegal immigrants, and pursuing Border Patrol agents have zigzagged through the monument's wilderness.
Hernando de Soto was a brutal man. In his 4,000-mile trek, he and his men overwhelmed Indian villages, took many Indians as slave porters, and destroyed native cultures.