The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

  • Add Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park to the growing lists of scenic drives in the National Park System now open for the summer. The road, the highest paved road in the Lower 48, opened for traffic just after 11 a.m.

Monday, May 14th, 2012

  • Don't be too alarmed if you see smoke wafting above the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park later this week. Park officials are planning a prescribed burn in that part of the park to reduce a buildup of fuels.

    The burn is planned for Wednesday, but is contingent on favorable burning conditions.

  • Two hiking programs being offered this summer at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park will introduce you to a captivating landscape, biodiversity and history of the park's southernmost section.

    People and Land of Kahuku is a 2-mile, 3-hour expedition through pastures, a quarry, an airstrip, and the 1868 lava fields of Kahuku.

  • Are units of the National Park System appropriate in size when they are first created? History shows us that's seldom the case.

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

  • Ecologist Talks Park Economics in Oz

    With taxpayers all over the world thinking about how to sustain national parks, an ecologist in Queensland Australia is stirring up national debate saying it might be time for the country to reduce the number of its parks.

    Professor Hugh Possingham, of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, says t