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.
May 1, 2006 |
A federal judge has ordered the National Park Service to pay $4 million to the owners of an observation tower that once stood near Gettysburg National Military Park. The federal government acquired the land by eminent domain in 2000 and demolished the steel structure as part of a campaign to restore the area to the way it looked during the Civil War. Creator Thomas R. Ottenstein called the 393-foot tower, which opened in 1974, a "classroom in the sky."