How to avoid animal attacks in a national park
Violent encounters with animals at national parks are rare, but the danger of severe injury, illness and possibly death make prevention all the more important.
Grand Canyon to ban bottled water sales
The ban comes in response to concerns that plastic bottles scattered around the park were spoiling views of the natural wonder. The National Park Service has approved a plan that will eliminate the sale of bottled water within 30 days, after nearly $290,000 was spent to install 10 water stations inside the park. Visitors can use the stations to refill their own water bottles, which they can tote in from the outside.
Margaret Anderson: Wife, mother, ranger and tragic statistic
On Sunday, instead of being a wife, mother and NPS Ranger, Margaret Anderson became a statistic when she was shot and killed at Mount Rainier National Park. She was the first law enforcement officer, from all agencies, killed in the line of duty this year.
Mount McKinley climbers to face steeper park fee
Fees for climbers who tackle North America’s tallest peak will be $350, up from the current $200, under the rule adopted for Denali National Park.
Grand Teton National Park
There’s a reason why more than 4 million people visit this Wyoming wonder annually. (Don’t worry: there’s enough nature for everyone to enjoy.)
Bigger than six states, Denali National Park and Preserve offers a big slab of Alaska wilderness. The centerpiece of the park — again, bigger than Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island or Delaware — is the tallest peak in North America. Denali, or Mount McKinley, rises 20,320 feet above sea level and last year drew 1,222 alpine climbers, 55 percent of whom reached the summit.
Denali National Park and Preserve: A user’s guide
Oil spill update: Exxon said that so far it has treated 4 animals for exposure to oil: a warbler (pictured), a garter snake, a western toad and a Woodhouse’s toad. The company has begun preliminary work to replace the pipeline that spilled an estimated 1,000 barrels of oil into the Yellowstone River 2 weeks ago.
The U.S. is a big country full of diverse landscapes and beautiful places that could rightly be placed on anyone’s bucket list. The following spots are some of our blogger’s favorites and make up his list of 7 U.S. places every greenie should see.