High Country News - Recreation

In the footsteps of Muir
"Walking With Muir Across Yosemite" by Geraldine Vale and Thomas Vale retraces Muir's footsteps and finds that, away from noisy, tourist-thronged roads, much of the park is surprisingly unchanged.
In search of Mount Rainier's power
"The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier" by Bruce Barcott is reviewed.
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
Open houses and meetings are set to involve the public in upcoming environmental impact statements for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
Motorizing Montana's trails
A report by the Predator Project on the Montana State Trails Program says that agencies give motorized trails the go-ahead without scrutiny.
But trouble the Mountaineers
The Washington conservation group, the Mountaineers, criticizes the new user fees in Mount Rainier National Park as too steep and confusing.
Capulin Volcano National Monument
The National Park Service invites the public to help plan the management of Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeast New Mexico.
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
Volunteers are being sought by the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative to restore heavily eroded trails on Colorado's highest peaks.
Land swap splits conservationists
Saguaro National Park's recent land swap added 632 acres to the park in exchange for 4,332 acres of land north of Phoenix, and some say the trade sacrificed too much land.
Outfitter bill may be missing the boat
Some environmentalists say a bill making it easier for outfitters to get permits on federal lands would give commercial interests too much power over public lands.
Jet Skis: Thrill or scourge?
The jet ski industry is pushing on the Park Service to open more park sites for personal watercraft, but the National Park Service and the Dept. of Interior can't agree on how to manage the fast boats.
Bison sleek, but suspect
Montana is prepared to fight a new federal proposal that would allow "low-risk" bison unlikely to spread brucellosis to leave Yellowstone National Park without being killed.
Buffering buffalo
A draft report from the National Academy of Sciences confirms that 30-40 percent of Yellowstone bison test positive for brucellosis but concludes that the risk of them infecting cattle is almost nonexistent.
Life after Barbee
Michael Finley replaces Robert Barbee as superintendent of Yellowstone National Park.
Where have all the tourists gone?
Despite predictions of overcrowding, visitation is down at Grand Canyon this year.
Climbing ban upheld at Devils Tower
A judge upholds the right of the National Park Service to ask rock climbers to stay off Wyoming's Devils Tower during June, when Native Americans hold religious ceremonies.
Jetboat race withdrawn
A planned jetboat race up and down a 50-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River in Montana is cancelled following a flurry of criticism.
Hells Canyon benefit float trip
Hells Canyon Preservation Council and Northwest Ecosystem Alliance sponsor a wooden/dorie benefit float trip down the Snake River, June 1.
Playing by the rules
The video "Rules of the Snow" offers safety tips for Western snowmobilers.
Grizzlies on staff
The Glacier Institute teaches students of all ages about Glacier National Park.
Locals protest Vail expansion
Locals and critics charge that Vail Associates is using a ski area expansion as an excuse to develop the area and sell valuable real estate at the expense of elk and lynx habitat.
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