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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

  • National park fans longing for the no-fee admissions of yesteryear will love what they see at the entrance gates on Saturday, September 27. It’s this year’s National Public Lands Day, and all parks will be waiving their entrance fees. You don’t have to volunteer to help with the restoration and cleanup efforts planned for that day, but it would be nice if you did.

  • It’s becoming clearer that attendance has declined in many national parks. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the busiest of the flagship National Parks, reports 5% lower visitation at its main entrances. High gas prices are the apparent cause.

  • The National Park Service acquired its first plane, a used 1928 Fairchild FC-2W2, in 1936. Now privately owned, the venerable plane is still flying, and once again wears the National Park Service livery.

  • A Labor Day weekend cold front dropped snow levels in some parts of the Rockies to below 10,000, which is a pretty good indicator that fall is not far off. And so, with that warning, it's only natural to wonder how the fall color displays will be in the national parks.