Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Monday, April 20th, 2009

  • Dozens of new books about America’s national parks are published every year, so you have to have a pretty darn good reason to dig out and review a book that was released into the wild six years ago. This one is worth the trouble, and I’ll tell you why.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

  • 1. The Wilderness Act of 1964 stipulated that a tract of land had to be at least a certain size in order to be eligible for consideration as a federally designated wilderness area. What was the stipulated minimum size?

    2. True or false? The Wilderness Act of 1964 specifies that hiking and primitive camping shall be permitted in federally designated wilderness areas within national parks.


Saturday, April 11th, 2009

  • What is the role of a national park? How should we value what lies within the boundaries of a national park? Those are simple and yet provocative questions these days.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

  • 1. True or false? Some skeletal remains of Seventh Cavalry troopers killed in the Battle of the Little Bighorn have not been recovered and still remain somewhere on the grounds of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

    2. True or false? Among the historical resources preserved in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are human footprints made hundreds of years ago.

    3. True or false?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

  • 1. In 1809, the famous man shown in the portrait at the left died under very mysterious circumstances at a site now preserved as part of Natchez Trace National Parkway. Can you name him?

    2. The whereabouts of missing ranger Randy Morgenson remained a mystery for five years before his remains were finally discovered in 2001 in which national park?


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