The Latest News & Views

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

  • Four million dollars from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund bought at least 385 acres for Richmond National Battlefield Park, a purchase that preserves hallowed ground and is seen as economic development for tourism.

    “Tourism is one of the top economic drivers in Virginia and in communities throughout the country,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar sai

  • Grand Canyon National Park is now accepting applications for
    private river trip permits to float the Colorado River through the park during calendar year 2013.

    A total of 449 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day river trips.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

  • Not quite $1 million is being dispensed for 14 projects around the country that will improve trails and trailheads that tie national historic and scenic trails to national parks and other federal lands.

  • Picnicking is a popular activity in parks across the country, and there are plenty of great spots to enjoy a meal with a view. Which picnic area gets your vote for the most scenic in the National Park System?

    I'll be the first to admit that "scenic" is mighty subjective, and it's also hard to compare sites in different kinds of terrain.

  • In many Western national parks, "bear boxes" are used to keep bears from feasting on camper and backpacker food.

    In Shenandoah National Park, upright poles not too far removed from 1960s-era clothes lines are used by hikers to hang their food out of reach from bears.