National Parks Traveler

Vela Out As Acting National Park Service Director

by National Parks Traveler | August 7, 2020
“David Vela reportedly was replaced Friday as acting director of the National Park Service, the latest upheaval the organization has endured under the Trump administration. There was no official word from the Park Service on Friday morning of the change, but three sources told  ...

Traveler’s View: The National Park Service Shouldn’t Weaken Sea Turtle Science

by National Parks Traveler | July 20, 2020
“A concerning story arose this past week from Padre Island National Seashore on the gulf coast of Texas. For decades biologists at the national seashore have run a Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Program. In short, this widely acclaimed and popular program has helped build the ...

Funding Cuts Imperil Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Program At Padre Island National Seashore

by National Parks Traveler | July 16, 2020
“A National Park Service review of the renowned Kemp’s ridley sea turtle recovery program at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is calling for substantial funding cuts and programmatic changes that would greatly hamstring the program and amount to “conservation ...

PEER Sues Over “Acting” Positions For National Park Service, BLM Directors

by National Parks Traveler | May 12, 2020
“David Vela, the de facto director of the National Park Service, and William Perry Pendley, the de facto director of the Bureau of Land Management, have been kept in their positions unconstitutionally, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. In a lawsuit filed ...

Will Coronavirus Spur Changes To How We Visit National Parks?

by National Parks Traveler | May 3, 2020
“Leading up to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service back in 2016, there was much discussion about the future of the parks. Perhaps the hallmark was the Second Century Commission’s report, prepared following a year of listening sessions, professional input, and ...
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