The Latest News & Views

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

  • Better drainage, reduced infrastructure, and better protection of giant sequoias are the end goals of a plan by Yosemite National Park officials to restore the Mariposa Grove in the southern end of the park.

    The Mariposa Grove is the largest of the three giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) groves in Yosemit

  • Restoring access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore via Highway 12, which was severed at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge by Hurricane Irene, will not be easily, or quickly, accomplished.

    The hurricane sliced through the highway in several places just north of Rodanthe, outside of the national seashore.

  • The crime is known as "car clouting," "car prowling" and other less polite names, but whatever you call it, thieves who break into cars and steal valuables can ruin a vacation.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

  • Editor's note: This updates with numbers of horses seen at Shackleford Banks, and word of a new foal.

    Cape Lookout National Seashore, the spot where Hurricane Irene came ashore in the United States last Saturday, was heavily damaged by the storm, according to latest reports.

  • Visiting all, or almost all, of the nearly 400 units of the National Park System is a feat that several dozen people have accomplished or are on the brink of accomplishing.

    What drives people to pursue this goal? What are the main benefits and drawbacks?

    Is 'bagging all of the national parks' a goal you've set for yourself?