National Parks Traveler

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 ...

Court Orders National Park Service, Federal Aviation Administration To Develop Air Tour Guidelines

by National Parks Traveler | May 1, 2020
“A federal court, noting that National Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration have failed for 19 years to develop air tour management plans for national parks, on Friday ordered the agencies to get the work done. “For almost 20 years, the FAA and the NPS have allowed an ...

PEER: Perfect Time For National Parks To Hew To Carrying Capacities

by National Parks Traveler | April 29, 2020
“With planning now underway for how best to open national parks that have been closed by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s the perfect time for superintendents to institute visitor carrying capacities that Congress long ago called for, according to Public Employees for ...

Op-Ed | What’s Become Of The National Park Service’s Focus On History?

by National Parks Traveler | March 2, 2020
“While overall employment in the agency has dropped by 3,500 or 16 percent, since 2011, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the number of historians in the Park Service has taken a much greater hit, percentage-wise, dropping from 449 in 2010 to just 149 ...
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