Wrapping up the month...

Everglades NP
Snook season is upon us
Need info on the proposed hatchery?
MARCO ISLAND — Weather permitting things are looking good on most all fishing fronts for February as I prepare this article. We mark the opening of snook season. The catch and release night fishing for snook has been on a slow bite. Colder water temperature is the main reason. Colder weather and water temperature can really slow the snook down to the point many of them in waters further north of Collier County expire.

Glacier NP:
No impropriety in NPCA lobbying for national parks, official notes
While the House of Representatives passed a stimulus package that includes $2.25 billion to begin to address the maintenance backlog in our national parks, visions of impropriety dance in the head of one Republican representative.

Grand Canyon NP:
Ignoring science on Canyon a public disservice
The long-overdue debate about the effects of power generation on the Colorado can’t occur if dam release findings are buried.

Hawaii Volcano NP:
New State Web Site Offers Updated Vog Levels
Sulfur Dioxide Levels Updated Every 15 Minutes
The State Department of Health (DOH) launched a new public Web site Thursday offering updated sulfur dioxide levels for areas on the Big Island.

Joshua Tree NP:
Joshua Tree charity donates 10,000th acre to Park Service
he Mojave Desert Land Trust, a Joshua Tree public charity, announced the acquisition of its 10,000th acre of land to be donated to the National Park Service this week.

Outside the US/Canadian Parks:
Poachers arrested near Corbett National Park
NAINITAL: In a significant success, the Uttarakhand forest department has nabbed five poachers at Ramnagar, the gateway of Corbett National Park,
40kms from here.

Couple 'adopts' leopard in MP national park
BHOPAL: A leopard was adopted by a couple in the Van Vihar National Park here, an official said
on Friday.

Giant population of lions could live war-torn region
The war-torn frontier between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo has prey to support more than 900 lions, but conservationists must act soon to protect the big cats from poaching and poisoning by livestock herders, report researchers writing in the journal Oryx.

Rocky Mountain NP:
Natural Inspiration
ESTES PARK, Colo. — Each year, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) presents the Lyceum Series offering educational, and often entertaining, programs highlighting environmental issues related to RMNP and other national parks.

RMNP touts projects for bill
A project to repave 19 miles of Trail Ridge Road, worth $17.4 million, and a $6.8 million effort to stop bark beetle infestation are among work in Rocky Mountain National Park that could receive funding from an economic stimulus bill.

Opposition more influential than ever (Editorial...LOL, let it not be said that I don't publish both sides of a story)
We cannot look aside or dismiss them. They are still out there. In fact, due to our country's political climate at this time, they will be raising their horrific heads higher than ever. Activist animal rights groups, anti-hunting and anti-gun organizations have received a shot in the arm and I predict they will become crazier than ever.

Greeley sides with Weld on RMNP
Greeley is weighing in on federal legislation it says could hurt the city’s water rights.
The Greeley City Council sent a letter this week to several members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation expressing its concern that a bill designating much of the Rocky Mountain National Park a wilderness area could hurt its water interests in the Colorado-Big Thompson project.

Waterton Lakes National Park
Groups renew call to expand Waterton into B. C. river valley
Conservation groups are renewing calls for Waterton Lakes National Park to be expanded into the Flathead River Valley, despite British Columbia's decision to close the door to coal bed methane development in the ecologically key area in southeastern B. C.