Surprisingly quick work had Yosemite National Park officials saying the El Portal Road into the park would reopen Saturday night after being closed for two days by a rockslide.
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DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite officials quickly responded to the government's request that their claim for more than $10 million in damages tied to the loss of the Yosemite National Park concessions contract be dismissed, denying that their valuation of intellectual property was overvalued and accusing the National Park Service of "flip-flopping" when it comes to trademark issues.
Charging that Delaware North Companies seeks to bolster its bottom line by securing trademarks to iconic U.S.-owned properties, and then "wildly inflates" their value, the U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal claims court to toss out DNC Parks & Resort's multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the government.dnc_parks_and_resorts_vs._u.s._govt_govt_response.pdf
Yosemite National Park rangers through late December had sworn in 22,600 Junior Rangers, a record for the highest number of Junior Rangers sworn in in a year.
How are we to act in a national park? That might seem to carry an obvious answer, but it's not always so obvious these days. As different generations, different racial groups, and different cultures enter the National Park System, not all seem out to enjoy the natural beauty on display in the landscape parks simply by walking about and gazing at the setting, hiking or backpacking, paddling or climbing, or watching wildlife.
Books with ties to national parks are too numerous to count. But we did receive a fair number in 2015, and found many of them worth your while. Let's take a look back through Traveler's Fireside Reads for 2015.
The national parks of the United States are often compared to, and indeed inspire, works of art. In fact, the USGS has been regularly contributing new and updated works of art for the national parks—maps.
My first partner in my first job with the National Park Service was a dark bay mare. I was extremely popular with the kids when I’d show up at the General Sherman Tree or Lodgepole Campground in Sequoia National Park riding Sweets. So you can imagine the shock and horror I felt last August when I learned that three NPS horses were on a feedlot in Colorado, waiting to be shipped to a slaughterhouse in Mexico.
Personalities, towering granite walls, and historic photographs for added perspective -- some amazing perspective at times -- are the heart and soul of Yosemite In The Fifties, a 176-page book that captures what the authors refer to as the Iron Age of climbing in Yosemite National Park.