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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

  • The change in administrations has created an opening for a new director of the National Park Service. Mary Bomar officially ended her tenure at the top on Tuesday, and one of her deputies, Dan Wenk, is holding down the job on an acting basis.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

  • While national parks weren't mentioned by President Barack Obama in his inaugural speech today, it could be said that they actually weren't too far out of mind during the first day of 44's tenure.

  • The Obama administration has promised change, and has been soliciting ideas from around the country on how best to provide that change. When it comes to the National Park System, does the new administration have an agenda?

  • There's no rest for the weary—especially if they're involved in planning and managing special events in the nation's capital.

  • Outgoing presidents long have made a practice on January 20, their last day in office, of leaving parting gifts. For Lyndon Johnson, his gift to the nation 40 years ago was a national monument that served to protect the Grand Canyon from further dam building.