National Parks

This bi-monthly journal publishes news and features on nature conservation and national parks.

Articles from Vol. 87, No. 3, Summer

A Bird's Eye View
I had barely introduced myself to Mark Flippo when he began peppering me with questions: Do you own your own binoculars? Do you like birds? Do you look for them at home? Do you feed them? Do you keep a list?I was exploring Big Bend National Park in West...
A Change at the Top
This year will be a year of transition for us as we say goodbye to Tom Kiernan, who has led the organization as our president for the past 15 years. Tom has accepted a position as chief executive officer of the American Wind Energy Association, an organization...
Dangerous Territory
Wyoming officials are under the mistaken impression that they can sanction a wolf hunt on park land between Yellowstone and Grand Teton.Wolves have been at the center of controversy in the West for more than a century, and there's no sign ofthat changing...
Desert Storm
Fort Bowie stood at the center of America's most brutal Indian Wars.IT'S NOT EASY TO GET TO FORT BOWIE. The only motorway into this southern Arizona national historic site is a dusty dirt lane, and from the parking lot, you have to hike 1.5 miles through...
Dress Rehearsal
An emergency at the Grand Canyon provides plenty of lessons for Park Service staff and other federal agencies.As Christina Heupel opened the door of the ambulance at Yaki Point on the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park, she heard the screams. "I...
Elwha: A River Reborn
A new book from a reporter and photographer at The Seattle Times documents the long and successful battle to remove dams on the Elwha River in Olympic National Park.As of about 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2012, the Elwha Dam was history.For more than 25 years,...
Frozen in Time
Artifacts preserved in ice reveal a lost chapter of ancient life.BY ALL ACCOUNTS, the bison shouldn't have been up in the high, rugged country of Glacier National Park. Not just because you can't see any bison in Glacier today, but because historically,...
Letters
GOOD DOGSDog Years" really struck a chord. My trail career began with Olympic National Park's crew in 1959. Although I went on to smokejump and ranger after that, trails have been central to Íiy life, and still are, even now that m retired in the North...
Mission Outdoors
Sierra Club program provides healing and camaraderie for war veterans.One question buzzed through Stacy Bare's mind continuously as the veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom tried to readjust to civilian life: "What did I go and fight for?"The year was...
On the Map
Two new national monuments celebrate American heroes forged during the nation's darkest times.This March, as politicians bickered over federal budgets and Americans braced themselves for crippling cuts, President Obama designated five new national monuments...
Shifting Tides
Once nearly extinct, sea otters have staged a remarkable comeback, but some coastal parks still struggle to retain these curious, sensitive mammals.OTTERS' LUSTROUS FUR-the thickest on the planet-keeps them alive in frigid Paone waters, but two centuries...
The Comeback
The restoration of the Elwha River is one of the great environmental "underdog" stories of the last century. It's a story that's told in great detail and with stunning images in Elwha: A River Reborn, excerpted in the pages of this issueIn the early...
Wildlife Watching in America's National Parks
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Want to experience some of the best wildlifewatching on the planet? Park Service employees Gary Vequist and Daniel Licht teamed up to write the perfect guide: Wildlife Watching in America's National Parks (Texas A&M University...
Wood Blocks & Water Colors
Painter Chiura Obata combined Eastern and Western techniques to capture Yosemite in a new light.June 1927. Painters Chiura Obata and Worth Ryder stuffa Model ? Ford with 14 boxes of food, fishing equipment, a tent, two beds, two suitcases, a large bucket...
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