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Driving Through the Most Dangerous Plate Boundary in the World: A New Blog Series

13 hours agoAcademics / Geology : Geotripper

Source: adapted from National Park Service and R. J. Lillie. 2005, Parks and Plates Before I get accused of "cable-newsing/click-baiting" with my choice of a headline, I'll amend it to say "Driving through the most dangerous kind of plate boundary in the world". Show More Summary

National Park Service Wants to Release the Hounds in Fight Against Goose Poop

Washington, D.C., is having a big problem with geese. Apparently, if you want to go to any of the big tourist attractions around the National Mall, you're going to have to get through swarms of Canadian Geese first. Share this image Canada...Show More Summary

Wise Words from a Lost Soul.

I have been reading a book called The Last Season. It is about the life of Randy Morgenson a National Park Service Backcountry Ranger and his disappearance in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the mid 90s. I will not say much about the book as I do not want to spoil the experience of reading […]

National Park Service delayed $11 billion in maintenance last year

The National Park Service is increasingly neglecting its trails, roads and visitor centers because of recent budget constraints, according to a report from the agency this week. The park service said it delayed an estimated $11.5 billion worth of needed maintenance projects last year due to funding shortages, with the total growing nearly 2 percent compared to 2013. […]

Pacific Coast Cliff Collapses in California

One person died and another was severely injured after a cliff collapsed on the Pacific Coast north of San Francisco, the National Park Service said. The two people fell about 70 feet Saturday when part of the Arch Rock overlook at Point Reyes National Seashore gave way. Show More Summary

Uber NYC + Feds watching you + New LAX lounge + Best airport + Airport parking

NYC taxis losing the Uber battle. The New York Post reports that ride-finding service Uber has reached a critical milestone in New York City, no doubt the biggest market in the nation for hired cars: There are now more Uber vehicles than licensed taxicabs in the Big Apple. Show More Summary

Share Your Two Cents On Fort Tilden Redevelopment While You Still Can

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy munched Shore Road along Fort Tilden, and the National Park Service is turning to the community for suggestions on how it should be rebuilt. But while fishermen and Breezy Point residents have readily offered their input, other users of the park (Brooklyn, where are you?) have thus far been silent. [ more › ]

National Parks Service maps show noise levels across the US—with and without humans

A recently published map by the National Parks Service (NPS) gives a snapshot of the average sound levels across the lower 48 U.S. states on a typical summer's day. While the map was produced as part of the NPS's work monitoring and controlling noise pollution

Blast from the past

Decades ago, when I worked in Interior Department's legal shop, the Solicitor's Office, a good buddy was Rick Robbins, Assistant Solicitor for National Capitol Area Parks. They handled all legal issues for the Park Service in the DC area, things...

Gorgeous, Up-Close Photos of Los Angeles-Area Mountain Lions

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The National Park Service has been closely monitoring mountain lion residents of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for more than a decade. The mountains' proximity to Los Angeles means the cougars need to contend with ever-encroaching human development, and the Park Service wants to keep tabs on the population. Show More Summary

National Park Service Announces Settlement Agreement with Drakes Bay Oyster Company

On October 8, 2014, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers approved a settlement agreement and proposed consent decree that ends an almost 2 year litigation fight between the National Parks Service and Drakes Bay Oyster Company.

Three lawmakers urge Park Service action on Rim of the Valley study

Saying a study of the Rim of the Valley Corridor's future is months overdue and stuck in "bureaucratic limbo," three local members of Congress are urging the National Park Service to release the report.

Burning 15 tons of elephant tusks

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

"A ranger from the Kenya Wildlife Service walks past 15 tons of elephant tusks which were set on fire, during an anti-poaching ceremony at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta...Show More Summary

Chicago area among noisiest as measured by National Park Service

In the mosaic of brilliant blues and dazzling yellows on this map, Chicago shines among the brightest. But that's not a good thing. The lighter the yellow, the noisier the city. Chicago is bordering on white. Scientists at the National...Show More Summary

2 vandalism suspects rescued from cliff

4 weeks agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

Park service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said the men got stuck on a cliff at the waterfront of Fort Baker in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Casey Nocket’s Trail of Defacement: An Interactive Map

4 weeks agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

October 29 Update:  The National Park Service has issued a press release naming 21-year old Casey Nocket of New York as the primary suspect in vandalism cases across eight national parks.  They state that “Investigators continue to collect evidence of the crimes, conduct interviews, and are consulting with the U.S. Show More Summary

Muir Monday: Our National Park Service

4 weeks agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grass and gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. Show More Summary

Westerners Continue to Have a Strong Connection to Public Lands

Those of us who spent our careers in the National Parks Service know full well that the allure of the American West is hard to shake off. Call it an affinity, or a closeness--but whether it's the sawtooth ridges of the Grand Tetons or...Show More Summary

What the National Parks Plan to Do With an Extra $408 Million

Obama's proposed National Park Service budget would be a huge boon to the agency.

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