The Latest News & Views

Friday, October 17th, 2008

  • The most recent rockfalls from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park are not the first to shower Curry Camp and certainly won't be the last. With that in mind, geologists are taking a close look at Glacier Point to try to determine just how safe, or unsafe, its rock face is.

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

  • It'd be impractical for the National Park Service to station living and breathing interpretive rangers at various points along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. But that hasn't stopped the agency from providing interpretation to boaters in the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Whenever talk turns to air pollution and impacts on national parks, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the first parks mentioned. A coalition of conservation groups went to court today with hopes of preventing the park's pollution problems from growing.

  • The National Park System recently suffered tropical storm damage in an unexpected place. Kevin Brandt, superintendent of Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, explained that flooding produced by Tropical Storm Hanna last month created a 125-foot breach in the park’s historic towpath.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

  • Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah, Georgia, celebrates its 84th birthday today, October 15. Brick masonry harbor forts like Fort Pulaski were thought to be impregnable until an astonishing thing happened in April 1862. After April 11, 1862, it would never again make sense to build a harbor fort of brick masonry.