November 21, 2006 |
Despite the conclusions from its own scientists that snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park continue to create unacceptable noise levels, the National Park Service released a draft plan Monday that would allow up to 720 snow machines in the park per day. The plan would maintain the current maximum daily numbers, or about three times as many snowmobiles as entered the park each day over the last three winters.
October 3, 2006 |
Mary A. Bomar, a British native, has been confirmed by the Senate as director of the National Park Service. Bomar, who became a U.S. citizen in 1977, has worked at the Park Service for 17 years. She succeeds Fran Mainella.
July 27, 2006
Fran P. Mainella, director of the National Park Service since 2001, will resign from the agency that has been at odds with environmentalists and Westerners. Critics have said the agency put too much emphasis on recreation, shifting its focus from conservation. Mainella recently oversaw a controversial rewrite of park management policies. A Park Service news release said Mainella was leaving to devote more time to her family.
June 20, 2006 |
The Bush administration on Monday reversed a proposed policy that would have opened some of America's national parks to snowmobiles and other motorized recreation and permitted increased commercialization.
June 16, 2006 |
A survey conducted by a group of retired National Park Service employees concludes that strained budgets have rendered the national parks less safe for visitors and have left wildlife, historic and cultural resources less protected. The survey found that staff reductions had eliminated backcountry patrols, lengthened emergency response times and decreased monitoring of protected species and park resources. "This is not just about some more litter and some outhouses being locked.
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May 20, 2006 |
National Park Service crews clearing brush this week stumbled onto World War II-era trenches hastily dug after the attack on Pearl Harbor. They were intended to be the last lines of defense against a Japanese attack that never hit the shores of the continental United States. The dozen trenches are about 5 feet deep, and some still bear remnants of mounts for .30-caliber machine guns. The park service is not releasing the precise location of the trenches until archeologists sweep the area.