Rim-to-rim runners and hikers, river runners, and climbers all are exerting pressures and creating impacts on Grand Canyon National Park's backcountry. How to manage those activities while preserving the basic character of the more than 1.1 million acres of backcountry terrain is the goal of the park's draft Backcountry Management Plan, which is now open for public review and comment.
Grand Canyon National Park
When I mentioned in a Traveler comment a few weeks ago that I was reading Dr. Runte’s book, Kurt asked if I would write a review. Since then, there have been a couple of articles batting some of Alfred’s ideas back and forth. When I took a look at Traveler the other morning, I found a rebuttal by Dr. Runte regarding one of those articles. Now I sit at my keyboard wondering if I am qualified – or even want to – wade into the middle of all this.
An ad campaign has been launched in a bid to convince Congress not to overhaul the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which for decades has been sending millions of dollars out across the country for state, local, and federal recreation and conservation projects.
What role did the nation's rail industry play in the national park movement? Dr. Alfred Runte, in response to those who believe it was minimal, maintains the railroads not only helped substantially push the movement along, but opened the Western landscape to many who might not otherwise have seen it.
A National Parks Conservation Association campaign launching today is designed to rally public support against threats facing such iconic national parks as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon with hopes the Obama administration will step up and use the tools and authority it has to protect the parks.
It took a quarter-century, but the composing toilet at the Cottonwood Campground in Grand Canyon National Park has reached its expiration date, and park crews are replacing it.
More work to maintain the Transcanyon Pipeline that carries drinking water across the Inner Gorge of Grand Canyon National Park has led to the shutoff of water in some areas.
An effort is under way to see bison hunted within Grand Canyon National Park. Arizona politicians who are pushing that proposal say the bison in the park are bison-cow hybrids that are "wreaking havoc" on the park.
A multi-million-dollar lawsuit has been filed against the federal government by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, which claims the National Park Service breached its contract with the concessionaire.