'People Make Parks' Gets Neighbors involved in Planning

Last week, I attended the launch of the People Make Parks website, a great resource for community members who want to get involved with the design of their local parks.

Effects of the Return of the Gray Wolf Hunt near Yellowstone

Last night on PBS NewsHour, I saw a great segment about the return of the gray wolf hunt in Montana and Idaho, just along the borders of Yellowstone National Park.

The wolves of Yellowstone have been the subject of much attention in the region. They're adored by many park visitors and wildlife enthusiasts, but disliked by ranchers, who say their livestock are in danger because of the return of these predators.

Badlands National Park to Host Ferret Festival

September 19, 2011, 9:19 am
Learn more about the black-footed ferrets at Badlands National Park's Ferret Festival this weekend.  The park will commemorate the rediscovery of black-footed ferrets in the wild with a Ferret Festival from September 24-26, 2011. Activities will include a prairie puppet show, a live ferret with informal talks, scientific lectures, a ...

Elwah River Dam Removal Begins at Olympic National Park

September 16, 2011, 1:03 pm
History will be made today as the largest dam removal in the nation's history begins on the Elwha River. An excavator equipped with a large hammer will chisel its way into the top of the 210-foot-tall Glines Canyon Dam, marking the beginn­ing of the end of nearly a century of ...

FREE Entry to National Parks on National Public Lands Day

September 13, 2011, 2:12 pm
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on September 24, 2011 in honor of National Public Lands Day and the Worldwide Day of Play. This means FREE entry to more than 100 National Park Service sites across the country that normally charge admission fees, which range from $3 to ...

Documentary Captures Spirit of America's Wildest Refuge

September 8, 2011, 1:50 pm
Alaska is a magical place. It's wild and rugged and offers sweeping landscapes, abundant wildlife, and a true sense of wilderness. An amazing documentary, titled America’s Wildest Refuge: Discovering the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, offers a chance to view some of Alaska's most majestic scenery. The hour-long documentary offers sweeping ...

American Park Network to Plant Trees on Behalf of State Park Directors

September 1, 2011, 2:58 pm
As the Official Green Sponsor of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) conference, American Park Network will fund the planting of trees to help offset the carbon footprint of the 2011 conference. Through an innovative partnership with the National Forest Foundation, American Park Network will fund the planting ...

Buffalo Gap Grassland : Black-footed ferret reintroduction at Buffalo Gap National Grassland
Black-footed ferret rei...
Buffalo Gap Grassland
New Grand Teton bear rules prompted by visitors getting too close

August 8, 2011, 12:52 pm
Grand Teton National Park is clarifying its rules against getting too close to wildlife after a grizzly bear on two separate occasions charged at tourists who were watching her from atop their cars. The new rules emphasize that people need to heed any ranger or other park official who tells ...

GreenXC Will Travel Cross-Country to Raise Money for Parks and Forests

GreenXC LogoWe recently crossed paths with a group of young, adventurous travelers called GreenXC. Their goal is to help raise awareness about national parks, forests and other public lands by traveling cross-country exclusively via rideshares.

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