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  • 'Clinging hopelessly to the past'

    In his determination to cling, however hopelessly, to Utah’s past, Canyon Country Zephyr founder Jim Stiles has taken on miners, ranchers, developers, mountain bikers and – most recently – some of his fellow environmentalists

  • A director from central casting

    Mary Bomar, the brand-new director of the National Park Service, worked her up through the agency’s bureaucracy

  • Handling griz: How much is enough?

    Increasing numbers of the West’s grizzly bears wear radio collars, and some environmentalists question the necessity of the practice

  • Leave only footprints, and turn the darn phone off

    Cell phones have their uses, but they do not belong in the wilderness

  • Spinner of yarns, maker of floats

    Black George Simmons – an 84-year-old park volunteer with a flair for colorful stories – dishes out root beer floats to anyone who visits his tiny log cabin in Grand Teton National Park.

  • The national park popularity contest

    The national park popularity contest

    An Oklahoma senator’s financial fix for our national treasures.

  • Tipping the scales towards native species

    In Unnatural Landscapes, Ceiridwin Terrill travels to four arid sites to show how scientists fight to protect indigenous organisms from invasive species

  • Two weeks in the West

    Cross-country skiers and snowmobilers clash over access to Logan Canyon, Utah; Mount Jefferson, Mont.; and (of course) Yellowstone; Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth steps down to be replaced by Gail Kimbell; West becomes player in national politics; bor

  • Volunteering provides a special experience in national parks

    Volunteering provides a special experience in national parks

    Retirees and interns donate millions of hours in national parks, and get to know the parks intimately.

  • Whistling in the park

    Whistleblowing is not as romantic as Woodward’s "Deep Throat" makes it sound, but the retired public servants who make up the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees are doing valuable work, blowing the whistle for the sake of the national parks

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