The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

  • Finally, a non-controversial topic. Or is it? Yosemite National Park officials are launching a study into how they can improve eight of 12 trails that have trailheads along the Tioga Road.

    The goal is to not only protect sensitive natural and cultural resources along the trailheads, but to improve visitor safety, access, and enjoyment.

  • Large-scale tidal wetland restoration projects are very expensive. At Point Reyes National Seashore, it cost $12 million to re-flood 560 acres of former pasture land and create the new Giacomini Wetlands. This is not just an exercise in “feel good” environmental action.

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

  • The 29th annual Bridge Day Festival that was held October 18 on New River Gorge Bridge attracted 155,000 people, including 383 BASE jumpers.

  • Yellowstone National Park officials, having had their initially preferred winter-use plan shot down by a federal judge, are back with another proposal. This one would allow up to 318 commercially guided snowmobiles, and up to 78 commercially guided snowcoaches, into the park each day. All machines would have to be so-called Best Available Technology.

  • The Flight 93 Advisory Commission and Task Force recently announced the acquisition of 57 more acres for the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania, which is still very much a work in progress.