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Thursday, December 18th, 2008

  • A former president, a cult and "the most powerful family in America" all had a role in the history of this park, which celebrates its 68th anniversary today. For a look at the lifestyle of the formerly rich and famous, make a visit to Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York.

  • Think of Capitol Reef National Park and, if you're familiar with this isolated outpost in Utah's canyon country, you'll likely envision soaring reefs of colorful rock. But few would even imagine battles between mountain lions and lynx.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

  • A massive real estate deal with U.S. Sugar Corporation that is envisioned as being key to protecting the Everglades and Everglades National Park has been approved, but with a caveat that provides Florida officials an escape clause.

  • The pick of U.S. Senator Ken Salazar as the next Interior secretary is being labeled a failure by the Center for Biological Diversity. But the folks at The Wilderness Society say it's a great choice.

  • Delaware is the only state in the union without a unit of the National Park System, but a recently completed National Park Service study moves boosters for a "national park" in Delaware closer to their goal. Is this an idea whose time has come—or one with more political than practical merit?