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.
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What role did the nation's rail industry play in the national park movement? Dr. Alfred Runte, in response to those who believe it was minimal, maintains the railroads not only helped substantially push the movement along, but opened the Western landscape to many who might not otherwise have seen it.
A National Parks Conservation Association campaign launching today is designed to rally public support against threats facing such iconic national parks as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon with hopes the Obama administration will step up and use the tools and authority it has to protect the parks.
The grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, is growing and not suffering from a loss of genetic diversity, according to a report from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.
You have just one more weekend to drive to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park before park crews close the roads to wheeled traffic in advance of winter.
Two significant mergers have been formalized in recent days, each with the aim of building a stronger ally for national parks. In Wyoming/Montana, the Yellowstone Park Foundation has merged with the Yellowstone Association, while in California the Sequoia Natural History Association and Sequoia Parks Foundation have joined forces to form the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. The goal, of course, is to eliminate redundancies, streamline administrations, and generate more for the parks they serve.
Alfred Runte, in his article Stephen Mather’s Ghost: Revisiting the Consensus for National Parks, published 6 September 2015 by National Parks Traveler, takes issue with the prevailing narrative that Mather, the first director of the National Park Service, was (mostly) responsible for the 1916 origin of the NPS. Instead, Dr. Runte attributes an important role for railroads in the origin of certain national parks and of the NPS.
Will the coming winter bring snow, drought, soaking rains, or mild weather to your national park outings? As usual, it depends on where you go, but Rocky Mountain National Park could be a winter wonderland if the forecast from AccuWeather holds true, while New England travelers should enjoy a reprieve from last year's overly bountiful snows.
More people have experienced Yellowstone National Park this year than in any previous year, and there still is time for more visitors to see the park's thermal wonders, wildlife, and majestic settings.
With a 23-15 party line vote the House Natural Resources Committee has approved legislation that would force the National Park Service to open up more than 400 miles of streams to paddlers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, though whether the full House and Senate will do the same remains to be seen.