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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.

  • If you want to enjoy some of those iconic views from places like Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, you'd probably be wise to plan your trip sooner rather than later.

  • A survey stemming from the Bush administration's plan to allow concealed carry of guns in national parks and national wildlife refuges predicts the result will be more wildlife shootings and management problems.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

  • [i]Editor's note: Sadly, if you haven't made it to the top of Half Dome this year, you'll more than likely have to wait some seven months before you can take a whack at this classic national park hike. That's because Yosemite rangers have taken down the climbing cables for the winter.

  • Three years after the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) said it simply wanted mountain bike access to dirt roads in national parks, Interior Department officials reportedly are working to make it easier to expand mountain bike access to backcountry trails in the park system.

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