Has anyone not heard that the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park is one of the best places on Earth to paddle or float? Or that the New River Gorge National River has one of the best one-day whitewater paddles in the National Park System? If you’ve heard of those, and other iconic paddling spots in the park system, perhaps you are looking for something new, and not so thick with other boats that you’ll slap each other’s paddles. Let us offer you some suggestions, in no specific order.
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
Anyone who has heard Terry Tempest Williams speak or who has read her writing knows how personal her approach is to her subject, thus the “personal topography” of the subtitle of this book. Visits to 12 units of the National Park System, including seven national parks, two national monuments, a national military park, national seashore, and national recreation area, provide grist for her exploration of this topography and a sampling of different elements of the system.
The National Park Service is partnering with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to offer field courses in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve this summer.
Annual problems with predator hunting in national preserves in Alaska have prompted the National Park Service to propose a permanent federal prohibition against certain hunting practices.
It's about time for Alaska's caribou herds to start heading south before winter hits. The folks at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve captured some shots of caribou in the park and put together a short slideshow for your enjoyment.
This one was easiest for readers familiar with aviation nomenclature, business attire, and the aurorae.
The National Park Service and the Murie Science and Learning Center are seeking applicants for two research fellowships that are available to individuals wishing to conduct research in Denali National Park and Preserve and other arctic and subarctic Alaska national parks.
In the coming year technicians will install an array of 17 remote automated stations in five national park areas in northern Alaska to help the National Park Service track climate trends.
Though the wildfire season really hasn't started in the Rockies, Sierra Nevada, or Cascade ranges, it's been well under way in Alaska, where national park fire managers are reporting unusual fire behavior.