As the partial shutdown of the federal government moved past its third day, the National Park System remained closed, but news surrounding the parks didn't end. A glance around the system shows hard times for lodging concessions, a particularly outspoken congressman, and ongoing energy production in some parks.
Crater Lake National Park
Cyclists will have the right-of-way -- actually, all the way -- along East Rim Drive at Crater Lake National Park in September as the park marks its first "vehicle-free weekend."
Webcams provide us with windows on the world. They allow armchair travelers to follow activity outside a Dublin pub, monitor traffic on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, and check on what’s happening at the International Space Station. Webcams also provide windows on nature, some of the best of which comes by way of cameras stationed in our national parks.
The Crater Lake National Park Science & Learning Center is accepting applications for the 2013 Artist-in-Residence program at the park. Application forms and more information are available online and are due by February 1, 2013.
Eight national park lodges have joined Historic Hotels of America, a program affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Crater Lake is an appealing dive for scuba aficionados, but the lake will be temporary closed to them until Crater Lake National Park officials can formulate protocols for keeping invasive species out of the water.
The odds of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest are dismally low, especially if the crisis occurs in a remote location. A visitor to Crater Lake National Park last month beat those odds, thanks to a combination of good staff training and modern medical care. It was a situation where every link in the "chain of response and treatment" worked to perfection.
While legislation has been signed into law by President Obama to give Crater Lake National Park officials final say on whether to allow helicopter sightseeing tours over the park, that authority is lacking in many other units of the National Park System.
If you can't find yourself out on a trail, then perhaps the next best thing is reading about trails, no? Which is a good reason to invest in The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, a two-volume collection of narratives that share in common the Pacific Crest Trail.
There is a false sense of security in the National Park System surrounding officially designated wilderness. And political actions, or, rather, inaction, demonstrates why there should be concern for the long-term fate of lands with wilderness qualities.