National Park Service

How Ryan Bundy sees the West
How Ryan Bundy sees the West
The Bunkerville standoff case portends a trial over federal authority in the region.
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Navajo council rejects plans for Escalade’s tram, shops, restaurants.
Bundy trial delayed as the defense hammers on feds
Bundy trial delayed as the defense hammers on feds
Defense wants more transparency on surveillance footage and shredded documents.
Peer pressure
The Web site of PEER - Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility - features a report on increasing violence against National Park Service employees, along with other topics.
Permanent user fees in the pipeline
The Bush administration wants to permanently install user fees for recreation on public lands, but opponents are speaking out.
Does desert cross cross the line?
A cross placed on Mojave National Preserve by Veterans of Foreign Wars as a memorial is the center of controversy between the National Park Service and the American Civil Liberties Union, which claims it violates the separation of church and state.
Zion's geriatric cottonwoods
Cottonwood trees in Utah's Zion National Park may vanish in the next few decades, according to a study by the park and the Grand Canyon Trust that recommends removal of flood-protection stone levees as a way to save the trees.
Paul Fritz left a unique legacy for the Park Service
The late Paul Fritz is remembered as a conservationist whose years in the Park Service reflect a man who was independent and outspoken.
Migrants leave trail of trash
Migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert leave litter and cause ever-increasing damage, as seen in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Wilder Grand Canyon proves too contentious
Grand Canyon's backcountry and river planning effort ends abruptly when Park Superintendent Robert Arnberger decides the process, which includes outfitters, private boaters and wilderness advocates, is "too contentious."
Preserving the westward way
The National Park Service wants to preserve the wagon ruts, campsites, graves and scenery along 13,000 miles of historic trails in the West.
Keeping Glacier Park intact
The Park Service has completed a new General Management Plan that will guide resource management in Glacier National Park for the next few decades.
An overall poor attitude
A Park Service team conducted an "oversight review" of Petroglyph National Monument that cited "communication and morale" as big problems for employees.
We're the good guys
In her own words, Petroglyph National Monument Supervisor Judith Cordova defends her record on the job.
'We were created to serve all'
Chief ranger Scot McElveen says local people should not receive preference in a natural resource owned equally by all citizens.
'It didn't need to be saved'
Longtime Death Valley resident Janice Allen believes the area is not helped by its designation as a national park.
So much land, so little money
Park enemies in Congress reduced the budget for the new Mojave National Preserve to one dollar - an extreme example of the way Congress often creates parks and monuments but is reluctant to provide any money to support them.
'By and large, they're heroes'
Death Valley Park Superintendent Dick Martin says the park rangers are heroes.
'They're just too rigid'
Longtime park volunteer Reuben Scolnik says the park officials are good people but too rigid.
'I'm really embarrassed'
Local resident Kathy Goss is disillusioned by the way environmentalists pushed the Desert Protection Act.
'Humans aren't that bad'
Local resident Jim Macey believes park status has actually harmed Death Valley.
'The more protection we have, the better'
Death Valley environmental specialist Dick Anderson defends the Desert Protection Act as necessary to save wild lands.
The last weird place
Eccentric desert rats and clean-cut park rangers sometimes meet in a culture clash over how to manage one of the hottest, driest and strangest places in North America - Death Valley National Park.