Building support, and revenues, for the National Park System can not be done as simply as designating a unit in the system.
Yellowstone National Park
While the spring opening of Yellowstone National Park's roads is still some weeks off, anyone visiting the park on foot, ski, snowshoe, snowmobile, or snowcoach should know that grizzly bears are starting to come out of their dens.
Late in the 19th century, as conservationists pushed to preserve the Grand Canyon, local opposition stalled action with arguments like “the fate of Arizona depends exclusively upon the development of her mineral resources.”
Increased cellular and broadband service clashes with the values and policies of the National Park Service, according to the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
After receiving year-end numbers from around the National Park System, visitation to the parks last year reached a record 307.2 million, according to the National Park Service. A number of parks attracted some staggering numbers of visitors, such as Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain, which each surpassed 4 million for the first time, and Grand Canyon which tallied more than 5 million, the agency said.
Concerns over landfill waste, litter, and energy have grown right along with the global population. For the National Park Service, one attempt to address those concerns has been to ban the sale of disposable water bottles in the park system. By using refillable water bottles, you can handle keep the parks a bit cleaner while keeping yourself hydrated.
A small handful of days before the National Park Service announced that its maintenance backlog had crept up to nearly $12 billion, five congressmen called for more funding for Internet connectivity in the National Park System. But here's the rub: Can the National Park Service easily provide that service if told to provide it? The experts don't think so.
The melodic howling of wolves in winter. A warbling Vireo. And, of course, Old Faithful geyser at full throttle, in stereo no less! These are some of the sounds of Yellowstone National Park that you can now access via your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
At Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, diminutive but outspoken pikas likely will endure what climate change brings to the park. At Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, however, they probably will not, according to a five-year study of the tiny rodent's Western populations.
A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for February 5 to consider a request to halt bison culling operations at Yellowstone National Park unless the National Park Service agrees to let a journalist and a wildlife advocate watch those operations.