The ability of the NPS and other government agencies to maintain some useful websites is proving to be a serious challenge in the face of budget cuts, and that trend seems unlikely to change. Now a pair of private citizens has stepped forward help fill that gap with a new national park history site called "National Park Electronic Library."
Buffalo National River
Wonderment and joy unfold in the national parks come fall when the wild kingdom becomes more visible, literally voicing the call of the wild in parks such as Great Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountain or winging overhead in any number of parks.
Fall hiking in the East conjures immediate thoughts of Acadia National Park in Maine, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, or Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. All three are justly famous for fall color, have hundreds of miles of hiking trails…and lots of traffic on the roads, especially on autumn weekends.
Federal agencies that approved a loan to a hog farm operating upstream of Buffalo National River in Arkansas are being sued for not adequately reviewing the project.
An industrial hog farm that could produce more than 2 million gallons of manure and wastewater over porous karst geology roughly 5 miles up a tributary of the Buffalo National River was permitted based on erroneous information, according to a coalition opposing the project.
Anyone considering the purchase of a used vehicle should certainly take a test drive before closing the deal, but a recent incident at the Buffalo National River confirmed that "prudence is a virtue" only if prudence has a vote in the way that test drive is to be conducted.
Few national park visits are complete without a hike of some distance and duration. We made the following hikes in the parks the past year, and think you'll find them interesting possibilities for 2013.
Officials at Buffalo National River in Arkansas have reversed themselves a bit concerning proposed winter closures after an outpouring of public reaction in favor of keeping facilities open.
Though it's a "national river," the forests surrounding the Buffalo National River have quite a few options for getting out and stretching the legs. Indeed, hiking in the upper Buffalo National River can be your Arkansas ‘Walk in the Woods."
Free-flowing for 135 miles, the Buffalo National River is a paddler's dream, offering cool, clear waters, grassy meadows grazed by elk, and cliff walls that frame the river in places.