Daytime temperatures at Isle Royale National Park were forecast to reach no warmer than 6 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, a biting cold that, if it got no warmer at the national park for a month or so, just might solve the National Park Service's quandry over what to do about an apex predator, the wolf, that is about to blink out on the island.
Isle Royale National Park
UPDATED: National Park Service Lays Out Four Options On Whether To Help Isle Royale National Park Wolves
National Park Service officials, in a move likely to spur debate over how wilderness is managed, are proposing to bring 20-30 wolves into Isle Royale National Park in Michigan to offset a dwindling presence of wolves and at the same time counter a burgeoning moose population that biologists fear could overwhelm the island park's ecosystem.
You can add Isle Royale National Park, Saguaro National Park, and Devils Tower National Monument to the units of the National Park System that will have higher entrance fees in the coming months.
General managers of national park lodges don't have an easy job. They appear to be in perpetual motion while dealing with issues regarding employees, maintenance, guests, food service, budgets, and the National Park Service. The facilities they manage are often in isolated locations, a factor that can magnify what would normally be minor issues.
As national parks across the country consider fee increases to align with guidelines set last year by the National Park Service, changes proposed at Isle Royale National Park would raise the cost of entrance but also honor federal recreation passes that currently aren’t accepted.
We recently returned for a stay of several nights in Isle Royale, one of America’s most lightly visited national parks. Based on our memory of the previous trip nine years ago, pretty much everything was unchanged, and that was fine with us. The park remains quiet and uncrowded with beautiful vistas, friendly people, and cool temperatures.
What do you do when you have 64 tons of bridging planks and logs to move into remote trail locations in an isolated national park? In the case of Isle Royale, you convene interagency expertise and regional crews to support a helicopter operation: Project Heavy Lift.
If you’re at a Great Lakes park this summer, you might read poetry on signs where you expect to find information. Nature poems masquerading as official park signs can be found throughout Apostle Islands, Pictured Rocks, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshores, as well as Isle Royale National Park at trails, vistas, and beaches as part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration.
While the moose population at Isle Royale National Park is estimated at 1,300 animals, up from just 540 in 2005, the island's wolf population stands at just two, according to a winter survey of the park by Michigan Tech University researchers.
Isle Royale National Park Officials To Decide Whether To Import Wolves To Help Island's Vanishing Pack
With just two known wolves left within the confines of Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, park officials are refocusing an environmental impact statement to the specific question of whether they should transplant wolves to the island park to help maintain a population of the predators.