The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

  • A second search-and-rescue mission in the past week has been initiated at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where a 23-year-old man is thought to have vanished in the park not far from the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

    Rangers have been searching since the weekend for 24-year-old Derek Leuking, of Louisville, Tennessee.

  • Among the many thousands of named places in America's National Park System are quite a few that could reasonably be given more appropriate names. Indeed, there are even some zingers among the unit designations of the 397 national parks.

    Two examples of inappropriate place names in our National Park System leap to my mind almost unbidden. If the Ohio Congressional delegation c

  • You can start planning: National Park Week will fall April 21-29 this year, with activities planned throughout the National Park System.

    The theme of this year's celebration is "Picture Yourself in a National Park.”

    National parks will mark the annual celebration with special events and activities including Volunteer Day on April 21, Earth Day on April 22, and Junior Ranger Day on April 28.

  • White-nose syndrome, a disease deadly to bats, has been detected in both Acadia and Great Smoky Mountains national parks.

    Biologists estimate that the disease has killed nearly 7 million bats in North America since it was discovered in a cave in upstate New York in 2006.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

  • No signs have been found of a Tennessee man thought to be missing in the tangle of backcountry at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Approximately 30 searchers, three tracking dog teams, and a helicopter were continuing the search for Derek Joseph Leuking, 24, of Louisville,