The House of Representatives moved quickly Tuesday to pass legislation designed to provide the National Park Service with badly needed funds to help the agency chip away at a staggering, $12 billion maintenance backlog. However, without concurrence by the Senate by week's end the measure could die.
Yellowstone National Park
National Park Service Deputy Director Michael Reynolds has announced the appointment of two "Ombuds" for the National Park Service who will play a role in the agency's efforts to root out and end discrimination, harassment, and retaliation from the National Park Service and "provide every employee with a safe and respectful work environment."
Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials currently have "no intent" to allow grizzly hunting on National Park Service lands if the bruins are removed from the Endangered Species List.
If you find yourself homebound for one reason or other this winter, there are two websites worth exploring for a quick national park fix: the National Park Service’s Treasured Landscapes site (which showcases art collections telling America’s stories) and the Open Parks Network (“350,000 cultural heritage objects and 1.5 million pages of gray literature...”). That’s a lot of information.
Obama administration officials, in a move welcomed by the business and conservation community near Yellowstone National Park, moved Monday to block mining on roughly 30,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service just north of the park, though the action won't necessarily keep two gold mines from going in on private lands in the area, including one that would be visible from the park's north entrance.
Cell Phone Tower Issue At Theodore Roosevelt National Park Raises Questions Of Connectivity In National Parks
If you carry a cell phone into a national park, should you expect connectivity? Many people would answer "yes." But what if you hiked into a wilderness area, which is supposed to be free of today's human technologies?
Yellowstone National Park Lone Dissenter To Plan For Managing Grizzly Bears If They Are Delisted From ESA
Just one vote against a Conservation Strategy intended to see that grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem thrive after they lose Endangered Species Act protections was voiced, and that came from the superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, the core of the ecosystem and heart of grizzly bear recovery.
A winter with little snow has been followed by a summer of drought. Tall, white storm clouds tower above the mountain peaks throughout the long, hot afternoon. A few raindrops splatter onto the pine needles which cover the forest floor. Then, strong winds rush through the forest, rocking the treetops back and forth. The scene has been set for a destructive force of nature: a forest fire.
No one knows more about the history of wildland fire in the United States than Stephen Pyne, a prodigious scholar, prolific writer, and former wildland firefighter who spent 15 years on the ground with the North Rim Hotshots. His encyclopedic knowledge and personal experience of wildland fire are exceptional credentials for writing this book, which traces the history of wildfire in America over the past half century.
They are both breathtaking and fearful, an economic boon and an apex predator, and so it's not surprising that there's controversy around a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service effort to remove Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.