I am excited to see all of these new parks, and money being dedicated to preservation of our land. As a result, there has also been a lot of news. Some of this has been reported on prior, but some of it is unique. I am particularly excited about the new NJ National Park. Can't wait to get out there and take some photos.

On another note, there is some exciting stuff also going on outside of our NP system. The rhino ring getting busted is particularly good news.

Last, not sure how folks feel about the inclusion of NP News, like what is going on at the National Mall, which is part of the parks system, but NOT really a nature photography opportunity....


Great Falls NP (Welcome to the fold!!)
NJ Waterfall Now a National Park
The Senate has approved legislation to designate the Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey a National Historic Park.

Joshua Tree NP:
Loaded guns now OK in park
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK — Loaded, concealed firearms are now allowed inside national parks, according to a federal rule change approved Jan. 9.

Misc. National Park News:
Deal reached on Flight 93 crash site in Pa.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The owner of the land in western Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks reached an agreement Friday to sell the parcel, clearing the way for the development of a memorial.

Outside the US/Canadian Parks System:
South Africans bust rhinoceros poaching ring
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - South African police and game park rangers say they have arrested 11 suspects in an international rhinoceros poaching ring.

A Walk Through New Zealand’s Watery Wild
IN 1908, The Spectator magazine called the 33.5-mile Milford Track through Fiordland National Park in New Zealand “the finest walk in the world,” an honorific still credible to knowledgeable hikers — one fan was Sir Edmund Hillary — a full century later.

Dung used to find large new herd of endangered elephants
Just over six months since it was announced that a large band of lowland gorillas had been found in the wild, similar welcoming news has been reported for another endangered species. A recent survey has turned up over 600 Asian elephants in Malaysia.

Inauguration security center to go live Saturday
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five 8-foot-square monitors and four flat-panel televisions hang on beige walls in the windowless room. A few flicker with images from news programs and street maps of downtown Washington.

Rocky Mountain NP:
RMNP included in wilderness protection
The Senate on Thursday voted to set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness, including almost 250,000 acres in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Yellowstone NP:
Yellowstone bison could go to Wyoming Reservation
State and federal officials have recommended relocating a small herd of bison from Yellowstone National Park to a Wyoming Indian reservation - part of a bid to restore a species that once numbered in the tens of millions.