Lots of interesting news today. Here are a few of the headlines.
BC's Glacier NP:
Public warning issued for those who break rules by entering parts of B.C. park
VANCOUVER, B.C. — The rising number of people caught going into closed areas of B.C.'s Glacier National Park has forced officials to issue a warning that charges will be laid against those caught breaking the rules.http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5g5E64tc6XJtPt8Mz41AD4iIYnv2w
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
When there is 4 inches of snow or more, the Winter Sports Center at Kendall Lake in Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 28, as well as Feb. 16.http://blog.cleveland.com/suncourier/2009/01/cuyahoga_valley_national_park_8.html
PBS works to preserve stories of national park
Park uniquely located between two cities
There is a place in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park where Doris Demczyk Wolfe goes to find peace.http://www.ohio.com/news/38312699.html
Fuel for sale again at Flamingo area of Everglades National Park
Fuel services have resumed at the Flamingo area of Everglades National Park, the National Park Service announced.http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2009/jan/26/fuel-sale-again-flamingo-area-everglades-national-/
Grand Canyon NP:
Bill Would Stop Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park
Congressman Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, has reintroduced legislation prohibiting new uranium claims, exploration, and mining across one million acres of public lands watersheds surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jan2009/2009-01-26-093.asp
Winter in the Grand Canyon
THE Grand Canyon National Park has long been an adventure travel destination, even before its official creation in 1919. With its inclusion on just about every must see list before you die, the Canyon draws in about 5 million visitors every year, most to its South Rim. And while those numbers may put off those looking to avoid the crowds, even the most seasoned travel ranks seeing the Canyon for the first time in their "best ever" travel experiences - a sight that will stick with you long after you've left.http://www.examiner.com/x-2060-Portland-...he-Grand-Canyon
Misc. Parks News:
Changes ahead for U.S. national parks?
There were the attempts to gain approval for oil and gas leases to be auctioned near the boundaries of Utah’s Arches National Park. And the uranium-mine project a couple miles from a visitors center in Grand Canyon. The return of snowmobiles in Yellowstone. And permitting visitors to carry concealed weapons within park boundaries.http://travel.latimes.com/daily-deal-blog/index.php/changes-ahead-for-us-3919/
National Park Gun and Mountain Bike Rules Not Affected by Obama’s Freeze
It's the status quo for both contentious rules, but for different reasons.
On January 21, a few hours after Barrack Obama walked into the Oval Office for his first day on the job, he issued a freeze on all “midnight rules,” last-minute administrative actions of the ongoing Bush administration.http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/nat...freeze/C41/L41/
National Parks commercialization to be reconsidered
Under the administration of President George W. Bush, commerce came before conservation with the result that many national parks were degraded by the encroachment of energy exploration which included such actions as drilling for gas and oil.http://www.examiner.com/x-2547-Watchdog-...be-reconsidered
Outside the US/Canadian Parks System:
Climber's body expected to be retrieved
Rescue teams on Wednesday hope to retrieve the body of a tramper found at Aoraki Mt Cook. http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/body-found-in-mt-cook-national-park-2454586
Congo park reports 10 gorillas born in 16 months
VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Congo (AP) — The first census of critically endangered mountain gorillas carried out by government authorities since rebels seized the area shows that 10 babies have been born in the last 16 months, wildlife officials said Monday.http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gYx_ONW2C4fvLas6E7GI4_mmeCSgD95V0U401
Rocky Mountain NP:
Sharpshooters will start killing elk in the next few weeks to thin the herd in Rocky Mountain National Park.http://www.jamestownsun.com/articles/index.cfm?id=79203§ion=News
National parks group meeting in Yellowstone
A commission examining the national parks is meeting in Yellowstone this week.http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2009/01/26/news/wyoming/22-parks.txt
Are Bison Wildlife or Livestock?
You have to start somewhere, and this proposed legislation would be a good first step.
If there’s a conservation issue more volatile or confusing than the bison controversy centered in Yellowstone National Park, I’m not sure what it is. And enduring, too, going way back to before brucellosis became big news. Bison migrating out of the park have always been controversial.http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/are_bison_wildlife_or_livestock/C41/L41/