It seems not a week goes by without some dire issue being identified as a threat to the national parks. One week it might be funding woes, another week pollution, another diversity concerns, and then, of course, there's climate change.
Acadia National Park
The latest of a running series of reports outlining how climate change could reshape national parks portrays economic and environmental impacts lashing at Acadia National Park and its surrounding communities. While the report's authors hope to catch the attention of Congress, they acknowledge that a groundswell of public concern might be necessary to convince politicians to act.
Winter long has been regarded as the slow season for national park visits, and that's a good thing if you prefer to have the parks to yourself. With most travelers confined by school schedules to the summer months, and many convinced winter is a bad time to be outdoors, you can savor the best of the parks from coast to coast in winter. Here are some snapshots of wintry fun in the parks that bear that out.Rocky Mountain-Winter Programs.pdf OLYM-XC Snowshoe trails.pdf MORA-Winter Trails.pdf MORA-Winter Camping.pdf MORA-Winter Recreation.pdf YOSE-Glacier Pt Trails.pdf YOSE-Mariposa in Winter.pdf
We haven't had a grab bag quiz for quite a while, so let's go with a potpourri and see what shakes out.
During my recent hike in Shenandoah National Park along the Appalachian Trail, I came upon a tight crook in the trail that carried Ivy Creek downhill amid a flurry of gold, red, orange and yellow leaves of fall. There can be no more spectacular setting that the hardwood forests of the East. Unless it's set ablaze by the pastel daubs of spring wildflowers in places such as Glacier, Saquaro or Canyonlands national parks.
The liverwort is a small, primitive, flowerless plant that you might easily mistake for moss or lichens.
Long after his death we continue to celebrate the brilliance of Ansel Adams, who arguably defined landscape photography, often while working in national parks to capture the magnificence of nature.
The transition from fall to winter is harsher than the ones from spring to summer or summer to fall. The signs practically assault your senses. And yet, the transition can be much too quick.
Acadia National Park, with its rocky coastlines, thickly forested and mountainous interior, and great hiking trails and cycling paths, appears to be popular with young families, according to a survey.
If the weather cooperates, the Beech Mountain fire tower in Acadia National Park will be open on Saturday for visitors interested in getting a canopy-level view of the park's fall foliage.