Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

  • Celebrity ce•leb•ri•ty (sə-lĕb'rĭ-tē) noun. A famous or renowned person.

    1. True or false? Pop diva Madonna was born in a hospital that is now within the authorized boundaries of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

    2. True or false? Celebrity murderer Charles Manson was arrested in Yosemite National Park.


Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

  • 1. True or false? The Department of Interior official who directly oversees the operation of the National Park Service is the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

    2. True or false? The National Park Service document that provides guidance to park Superintendents and other officials in the field is called Administrative Policies.

    3. True or false?

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.

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