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Noting that the younger generations are "taking on the mantle of the outdoors," National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and other officials solicited suggestions on how to connect people with the outdoors during a North Carolina stop on the nationwide tour of America's Great Outdoor Initiative.
Incidents with multiple injuries can present a test for emergency services even in cities, but such situations can be especially challenging in the rural or remote areas found in many parks. Teamwork and advance planning paid off when Great Smoky Mountains National Park experienced three mass casualty incidents during a recent span of five days.
If you don't mind hard work in the out-of-doors, risk of sunburn or a few mosquito bites, you're needed at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where officials are recruiting for their Adopt-a-Trail program.
There’s a new structure showing up this summer in campgrounds bordering national parks, one that offers a higher level of comfort than the family camper or pop-up tent. More and more campgrounds are adding cabins to their available accommodations, for while more people are heading to the parks, not all want to sleep on the ground in a tent.
What should National Park Service rangers do when they come across a visitor who has gone astray of park regulations? For instance, should they have cited those women in Glacier National Park who squeezed off a round from a .357 to scare a deer, or was the warning enough?
Approval of plans to reconstruct a 14.5-mile stretch of the Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park means visitors will have to cope with 6-to-7 years of road work on this key highway that crosses the park.
Are Americans losing touch with the rural side of life? Are we forgetting how pastoral settings appear and make us feel? President Obama fears so, and he's interested in your thoughts on how to get Americans reconnected with the "great outdoors."