A study from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service shows that thinning forests with prescribed fire can reduce the effects of drought. Climate change is expected to amplify drought conditions in California so using science to better understand the impacts of drought is of great importance to resource managers such as the National Park Service.
Sequoia National Park
For many, there can be nothing quite as sublime as hoisting a pack on the back and disappearing for a handful of days, at least, into the backcountry of a national park. It's a trip built on excitement and expectation, one of many similar excursions to make in a lifetime. It's not one you don't expect to return from.
National Park Service officials have been unobtain to produce complete records that helped them craft a Wilderness Stewardship Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, according to a lawsuit filed against the agency.
A backcountry hiker in Sequoia National Park in California, apparently trying to fill his water bottles, died when he fell from the top of a roughly 300-foot-tall waterfall along the Middle Fork Trail.
You can add Sequoia National Park in California and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota to the slowly growing number of parks now selling entrance passes online.
With a wetland meadow literally eroding away in Sequoia National Park, the National Park Service is asking whether wilderness restrictions should be bypassed in order to restore natural qualities to the ecosystem.
Scoping Under Way For Proposal To Resurface Generals Highway Between Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks
Public input is being taken through the end of the month by the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service on a plan to resurface more than 17 miles of the Generals Highway which connects Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California.
Famous naturalist John Muir said, “The Big Tree (Sequoia gigantea) is Nature’s forest masterpiece, and . . . the greatest of living things. . . . No description can give any adequate idea of their singular majesty, much less their beauty.”
Consider it a birthday present to the National Park Service: $48 million to be doled out across the National Park System on projects ranging from improving trail systems and park facilities to bringing youth into the parks.
Books with ties to national parks are too numerous to count. But we did receive a fair number in 2015, and found many of them worth your while. Let's take a look back through Traveler's Fireside Reads for 2015.