October 21, 2010 |
Ken Burns makes amazing documentaries, but even more amazing is that the Oct. 15 fluff piece on national parks by Burns and Dayton Duncan, "Preserving national treasures," made it to print in The Times. The article can be summed up as such: National parks are wonderful, and thank you President Obama for saying that. Unfortunately, there's no meat, no proposals, just nostalgia. But "where's the beef" when our antiquated parks could use a real makeover? Burns and Duncan rightly pay homage to Yosemite, "the home of spectacular waterfalls, silent groves of ancient trees and an unequaled alpine wilderness.
August 3, 2009 |
Better make those park reservations now. Ken Burns' "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," a six-part, 12-hour documentary celebrating the virtues of the country's nearly 400 federally protected spaces, sets up camp on PBS on Sept. 27 and stays through Oct. 2. The country's most famous documentarian, who spoke Saturday during the semiannual Television Critics Assn.
February 17, 2013
California national parks, monuments and sites A list, from Alcatraz Island to Yosemite National Park, with programs, fees and directions. Find out about historic and scenic sites as well as programs, fees and directions to California's national parks, monuments and recreation areas: Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, B201, San Francisco; (415) 561-4900 or (415) 981-7625 (tickets), http://www.nps.gov/alca or http://www.alcatrazcruises.com.
February 28, 2012 |
While overall visitors to national parks dipped slightly in 2010, spending by park guests surged, pumping about $31 billion to local economies, according to a national study released Tuesday. In California, spending at national parks generated more than $1.3 billion and helped support 16,776 jobs, according to the study. Bad weather, safety concerns for parks along the Mexican border and other factors pushed visitation numbers for the national parks down nearly 2%, from 285.5 million in 2009 to 281.3 million in 2010.
October 12, 2013 |
With the federal government still shut down, states across the country inked deals to reopen national parks within their state borders, seeking to stop further losses to local economies anchored by park tourism. The Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, and all of Utah's national parks reopened Saturday. The Statue of Liberty will welcome visitors Sunday, and starting Monday, tourists can once again gaze up at the presidents on Mt. Rushmore. The source of money for these efforts varies: New York is dipping into its tourism budget, while Arizona is using state funds along with money pledged by municipalities.
December 3, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The government of Botswana has quietly allowed international companies to explore for natural gas in some of the country's most sensitive national parks using the controversial drilling method of hydraulic fracturing , according to a new documentary released in South Africa. American filmmaker Jeffrey Barbee obtained a government map that appears to show that authorities in Botswana allocated vast exploration concessions in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park and Chobe National Park without a public debate about the possible environmental and health consequences.