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National Parks Traveler: What Do You Know About Capitol Reef National Park

National Parks Traveler Podcast

Release Date: 07/14/2019

National Parks Traveler: Close The Park, And An Extension To Lewis And Clark National Historic Trail show art National Parks Traveler: Close The Park, And An Extension To Lewis And Clark National Historic Trail

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We're joined this week by Costa Dillon, a National Park Service veteran, to discuss a novel management decision in Thailand to close that country’s national parks every year for two months to give wildlife a break from humans. Would such a move be good for America’s national parks? Lynn Riddick returns with a story about a roughly 1,200-mile extension to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail that runs from St. Louis to Pittsburgh.

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We talk the president and CEO of Kampgrounds of America about a study KOA commissioned to gauge Americans’ interests in returning to campgrounds on and near public lands as the fight with the coronavirus pandemic continues. Then we tempt you to explore the dark side of the National Park System at Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park.

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This week we talk with Robert Young, director of Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines about a project to more accurately determine the cost sea level rise could inflict on coastal units of the National Park System. We also take a look ahead to summer in the National Park System, the watery side of the system specifically, with a look at some of the prime sea kayaking destinations awaiting paddlers in the National Park System.

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Who makes those colorful interpretive panels found in the National Park System? One person is Steve Patricia. He’s an independent artist and content specialist who provides illustrations and diagrams for waysides, exhibits, and murals at national parks, monuments, and historic sites all over the country.  From his home in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania, he shares some insights with Lynn Riddick.

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This week we pick up with the musings of Doug Leen.  As a young park ranger in the 1970s, Leen stumbled upon a poster promoting a meet-the-ranger event at the Grand Teton National Park.  It turned out to be one of 14 long-forgotten silk-screened posters made under the Works Progress Administration to promote tourism to the national parks. 

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National Parks Traveler: Ranger Doug To The Rescue, Rethinking America's Best Idea show art National Parks Traveler: Ranger Doug To The Rescue, Rethinking America's Best Idea

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Lynn Riddick sits down with Doug Leen, the force behind Ranger Doug Enterprises, to discuss his decades long search for original Works Progress Administration posters that depicted national parks across the West. And we leave you with some thoughts on what we all should be thinking about for National Park Week.

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What will the 21st century national park campground look like? What amenities are you interested in finding when you pull into a campground? Derrick Crandall, counseler for the National Park Hospitality Association, joins us to discuss two studies that examine the campgrounds, the issues they face, and the demands today’s campers want.

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Join us for a trip, at least an audio trip of sorts, to the heart of Yellowstone National Park and its wild kingdom. A place where wolves, grizzlies, and elk roam free and sandhill cranes catch your attention with their curious chortling. And Dan Puskar, the president and CEO of the Public Lands Alliance, discusses how its membership works to provide educational and interpretive materials for the parks, and how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted those groups.

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National Parks Conservation Association's Theresa Pierno discusses the impact coronavirus is having on the National Park System, and we have a conversation with author Richard Louv on his latest book, Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives, and Save Theirs. And Lynn Riddick concludes her four-part series on San Antonio Missions National Historical Park with a visit to Mission San Juan.

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National Parks Traveler: Coronavirus in the Parks, Mission Espada at San Antonio Missions NHP show art National Parks Traveler: Coronavirus in the Parks, Mission Espada at San Antonio Missions NHP

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A roundtable of park experts, including former NPS Director Jon Jarvis, discuss the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the National Park System. And Lynn Riddick looks at Mission Espada at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

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The Capitol Reef Reader is not your typical national park guidebook. No trail, dining, or lodging information. Rather, The Capitol Reef Reader offers an incredible wealth of information in the essays Stephen Trimble has pulled together for this collection. Essays by the likes of Clarence Dutton who traveled the Southwest with Major John Wesley Powell, Ed Abbey, and that literary conservation giant, Wallace Stegner.

We talk with Trimble this week about how he pulled together the wonderful essays in this anthology on Capitol Reef National Park. Erika Zambello makes a short stop at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C., and we end the show with a look at two wonderful monuments in Arizona, Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano.