After a record number of visitors to the National Park System in 2014, with nearly 293 million visiting the parks, officials are expecting this year's tally to go even higher.
Yellowstone National Park
Word that a Texas-based company owned by concert promoter Live Nation is trying to gain greater access to national parks as venues should raise eyebrows across the country.
In a rebuttal to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis' contention that packrafting shouldn't be allowed to more waters than presently allowed in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, the American Packrafting Association is challenging his arguments in a letter of its own to U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop.apa-jarvis.pdf
Special gold and silver coins are coming your way to help commemorate the National Park Service Centennial in 2016. The coins, in denominations of $5, $1, and 50-cent pieces, carry designs emblematic of the 100th anniversary of the Park Service.
Legislation aimed at opening streams and rivers in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks to packrafters would undermine the authority of the National Park Service to manage these parks and "set a very poor precedent," says National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.yell_grte_paddling_act_ltr_11-13-15.pdf
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.
Mountain Bluebirds. They’re the western cousin to the familiar Eastern Bluebird and a treat for birders throughout the mountainous terrain of Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, and…Big Cypress National Preserve?
Population tallies of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are far from being reliable and could be off by as much as 40 percent, according to a wildlife advocacy group in Wyoming.request_for_definitive_gye_grizzly_population_survey.pdf
With national parks a valued vacation destination, and mild October weather, Yellowstone National Park has surpassed 4 million in visitation for the year, with six weeks to go.
Claims by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team that the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is growing and genetically diverse are off-base, according to a wildlife biologist who long has studied the population and spent 17 years doing research for the team.