Whether you hold a sentimental tie to national park lodgings, or look at them nostalgically, can we afford to hold onto all historic lodge facilities in the National Park System?
Yosemite National Park
Educational programming, trail maintenance, and even bird studies helped make up the nearly $6 million in projects and programs the Yosemite Conservancy provided Yosemite National Park over the course of the past year.
Here's the information you need to see the International Space Station as it arcs across the night sky. A great place to do that is in a national park beyond the reach of urban light pollution and skyline clutter.
There are units of the National Park System, such as Canyonlands, North Cascades, and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, just to name three, that have little or no lodging within their borders. It's just such a lack of facilities, believes Derrick Crandall, that serves as a drag on visitation to the park system.Crandall Testimony 9-23-10.pdf
One of the most beautiful drives in the National Park System is along the Tioga Road that runs across the high country of Yosemite National Park. But can that drive be improved? Yosemite officials are working on a study to determine how, and will visit sections of the road next weekend. And you're invited.
Reader Participation Day: Help Us Name the Best Adventures In the National Park System, Lower 48 Edition
What are the best adventures in the National Park System in the Lower 48? For sure, three weeks floating the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park has to be one, and climbing the Grand Teton in its namesake park is another. But then what?
How do you prefer your national parks? Should they be utilitarian destinations, landscapes that serve all comers, whether they're in search of dazzling vistas or motorized recreation, or Utopian, ideals that should be appreciated for what is found within their borders?
A recent determination that the great gray owls that reside in and around Yosemite National Park are a distinct subspecies is additional evidence that national parks are great, and vital, preserves for wildlife. And it's proof that we still have much to learn about what resides in the parks.
It's that time of year to lend a hand to clean up Yosemite National Park after the crazy summer season, and if you've got the time organizers would love to have it any time Wednesday through Sunday.
Pay attention, national park managers and staff. If there's nothing else you do well, be sure to keep the restrooms clean and stocked.