A more welcoming atmosphere combined with the National Park Service’s centennial celebration could pay short- and long-term dividends in national parks, as campers were drawn to more parks in 2016 and say they intend to increase their frequency of camping this year – with national parks again as the top planned destination.
The road to Parque Pumalín is festooned with dozens of whitewater waterfalls that slip down the steep cliffs into a thick forest overrun by ferns and plants with leaves as big as beach umbrellas. An active volcano threatens to wipe out the sparse human settlements that are scattered like frontier outposts, often holding populations of fewer than 100 residents.
National Park Service officials do not have in place a sound process for reviewing how funds donated to park cooperating agencies across the country are managed and spent, according to the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General.
Coral researchers are remobilizing to conduct aerial and underwater surveys along the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere in Australia as coral bleaching reappears for the second year in a row. The decision coincides with the release of a study in the journal Nature warning the Reef's resilience is rapidly waning.