A small handful of days before the National Park Service announced that its maintenance backlog had crept up to nearly $12 billion, five congressmen called for more funding for Internet connectivity in the National Park System. But here's the rub: Can the National Park Service easily provide that service if told to provide it? The experts don't think so.
Death Valley National Park
When Albert Johnson had his villa built in Grapevine Canyon in what is now Death Valley National Park, floods likely were not factored into the design. Nevertheless, the Mission Revival-influenced "castle" held up remarkably well during the torrential rains and flooding of last October. The same, however, cannot be said of the infrastructure surrounding the 32,000-square-foot mansion.
It's only early January, yet the colors starting to sprout in Death Valley National Park are an indication that this year's bloom in the park could be spectacular.
How are we to act in a national park? That might seem to carry an obvious answer, but it's not always so obvious these days. As different generations, different racial groups, and different cultures enter the National Park System, not all seem out to enjoy the natural beauty on display in the landscape parks simply by walking about and gazing at the setting, hiking or backpacking, paddling or climbing, or watching wildlife.
Roughly two months after torrential storms tore through Death Valley National Park, workers have many things back to normal in the park.
It took nearly a month, but Artists Drive in Death Valley National Park is back open for visitors to tour. But the reopening didn't come easy.
Work is continuing almost non-stop to rebuild roads in Death Valley National Park that were washed out by torrential rains last month. So far the North Highway to Ubehebe Crater and Racetrack Road have been reopened to the public, though many other popular sections remain closed.
As National Park Service officials and crews at Death Valley National Park work to recover the park from heavy rains in mid-October, let's take a look at some of the numbers associated with the rains and resulting flash flooding.
Death Valley National Park Facing Months Of Recovery From Largest Flood Event In Area's Recorded History
Mud-filled buildings, roads cleaved in half, electricity out. Two weeks after the "largest flood event in recorded history of the area" washed through Death Valley National Park, officials are formulating a recovery plan that likely will take months and tens of millions of dollars to carry out.
Death Valley National Park often is regaled as the "hottest, driest, lowest" place in the hemisphere, but recent rain storms washed away portions of roads, damaged historic Scotty's Castle, and piled debris up 15 feet in places.