July 7, 1996 |
Tucked away at the western edge of North Dakota, among endless prairies and grasslands and far from any large cities, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is among the least visited of all our national parks--a fate that is ill-deserved because a trip here promises open land, abundant wildlife and very few people. But those weren't the only features I found attractive. I was also interested in how the land had shaped the political life of Theodore Roosevelt, particularly his conservation policies.
October 1, 2012 |
More than a century ago, Teddy Roosevelt went on a really big camping trip that forever changed America. In 1903 he visited Yellowstone National Park , the Grand Canyon and slept under the stars in Yosemite with John Muir, who pressed him to preserve the land of big granite walls as a national park. By the time he left office, Roosevelt had created five national parks, 18 national monuments, 51 federal bird sanctuaries and added millions of acres to the national forests.
August 22, 2013 |
President Wilson on Aug. 25, 1916, created a National Park Service that would "... conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wild life therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations. " Ninety-seven years later, the system has grown to oversee more than 84 million acres of public lands. To mark Founders Day on Sunday, parks across the nation will waive entrance fees. The deal: In addition to free entrance, many parks have special free events planned too. --At Theodore Roosevelt National Park , the "president" will show up between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. local time at the South Unit Visitor Center in Medora, N.D. -- Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, will host events on culture and natural diversity all day at the park's visitor center.
October 26, 2003 |
Is North Dakota's air clean enough? The answer depends who you ask. Ron Patch, who monitors air quality for the state from stations like this one at the edge of Painted Canyon in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, says the sulfur dioxide readings he gets are "always pretty much zero." The only surprises he encounters on the badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park are the occasional bison wandering by.
July 20, 2003 |
The Sioux call this bleak terrain mako shika, "land of no good." When Gen. Alfred Sully led an expedition through North Dakota's badlands in the 1860s, he dubbed the place "hell with the fires out." But in 1883, when a 24-year-old New Yorker named Teddy Roosevelt arrived on this frontier for the first time, he called the experience "the romance of my life." On a family vacation two years ago, I began to understand why.
February 14, 2004 |
In a decision that raises the possibility of increased pollution in national parks around the country, the Bush administration will allow North Dakota to change the way it estimates air pollution over Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The change, announced Friday in Bismarck, N.D., means that a consortium of power companies will be able to go ahead with a coal-fired power plant in North Dakota, and other power plants could open in the future, state officials said.