The Latest News & Views

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

  • President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal 2010 budget includes $2.7 billion for the National Park Service, a $171 million increase from FY09. Within that total is $68 million for use in buying private property inside national park boundaries.

  • Talk about whether search-and-rescue subjects should be bill by their rescuers is getting a lot of attention lately. On Friday, ABC TV's 20/20 program will raise that question.

  • National Park Service reports on the impacts of commercial oyster farming at Point Reyes National Seashore were skewed, "selectively" manipulated in several areas, and inconclusive overall, according to a National Research Council review.

  • It's been a tough week or so for hikers, mule riders and rescue teams at Grand Canyon National Park. During a 6-day span, a hiker fell off a trail and a rider was injured in an accident on a mule trip. Both required rescue via a park helicopter.

  • In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, Fire Island National Seashore in New York is offering a special three-hour ranger-guided tour at 9:00 a.m on Saturday, May 9. On Sunday, May 17, a "Peak of Spring Migration" Bird Walk will be offered, also at 9 a.m.