Changing use patterns, how best to manage users and stock, and improvements in trail design and construction have Yosemite National Park officials embarking on a path to update their Wilderness Stewardship Plan.
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Whether captured in words, photographs, or illustrations, national parks are wondrous places, vibrant and breathtaking in their scenery and history. To drive that point home, Joel Anderson and his son, Nathan, of the Anderson Design Group have just released a book that displays the 59 "national parks" in unique posters.
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.
A commitment to educating park visitors about keeping food out of the reach of bears and working to improve food storage options has resulted in 2015 producing the lowest number of human-bear incidents at Yosemite National Park since 1975, according to park officials.
With Pacific storms rolling into California and dumping snow in the High Sierra, prospects for skiing at Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park are increasing. And if you're in fourth grade you can score a free lift pass to to the ski area and get a discount on passes for your family.
As the National Park Service approaches its 100th birthday celebration, you can mark the anniversary by looking into the past of the national park movement via original Works Progress Administration posters and more recently made replicas.
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.
With the winter season having arrived, it'll cost you a little less to drive your rig into Yosemite National Park through next March. For the winter season the entrance fee for a seven-day pass has dropped by $5 to $25, a move aimed at encouraging folks to visit the park outside of the busy summer season.
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.
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.