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National Parks Traveler: Public Lands, Federal Regulatory Changes

National Parks Traveler Podcast

Release Date: 01/19/2020

National Parks Traveler: National Park Acoustics, And Wildfire Ecology show art National Parks Traveler: National Park Acoustics, And Wildfire Ecology

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Have you ever stopped to listen during your national park vacation? What do you hear? We share some of the sounds in this week's episode with hopes they inspire you to let your ears play a greater role in your enjoyment during your national park visit.

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National Parks Traveler: Teaching Children Well In National Parks show art National Parks Traveler: Teaching Children Well In National Parks

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The survival of Residential Environmental Learning Centers in national parks is in jeopardy. As the president of one such center says, “the impact of coronavirus is an 'extinction-level event.'” Listen to how they are working to keep their doors open.

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National Parks Traveler: Monthly News Review With Kristen Brengel show art National Parks Traveler: Monthly News Review With Kristen Brengel

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Kristen Brengel, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Parks Conservation Association, discusses the news events that affected national parks in June.

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National Parks Traveler: Oil and Gas and National Parks show art National Parks Traveler: Oil and Gas and National Parks

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to offer more than 110,000 acres in Utah for oil and gas development. How might that proposal impact Arches, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands national parks?

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National Parks Traveler: The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory show art National Parks Traveler: The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory

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Keeping track of the shaking, rattling, and occasional rolling going on in Yellowstone National Park is the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. It keeps real-time tabs on volcanic, hydrothermal and earthquake activity in the Yellowstone Plateau volcanic field.

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National Parks Traveler: A Conversation with landscape photographer Clyde Butcher show art National Parks Traveler: A Conversation with landscape photographer Clyde Butcher

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In this week’s show, we’re going to delve into landscape photography in the National Park System. “Good photography is about creating a feeling of things, rather than a picture of things.”  That’s the philosophy of our guest, Clyde Butcher, acclaimed photographer and environmentalist. You might be familiar with his iconic black and white large format landscape photos that often are part of larger efforts to protect fragile ecosystems that he knows so well. 

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National Parks Traveler: Monthly News Recap, Endangered Black-footed Ferrets show art National Parks Traveler: Monthly News Recap, Endangered Black-footed Ferrets

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We sit down with Becky Lomax, author of Moon’s USA National Parks, to discuss news stories that arose from the National Park System during May. And we bring you an interesting story about efforts to recover populations of endangered black-footed ferrets in the West. Two places where they’re working on that are Wind Cave and Badlands national parks in South Dakota.

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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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National Parks Traveler: Camping's Popularity, And The Dark Side of National Parks show art National Parks Traveler: Camping's Popularity, And The Dark Side of National Parks

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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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National Parks Traveler: Sea Level Rise And National Parks, Great Sea Kayaking Park Destinations show art National Parks Traveler: Sea Level Rise And National Parks, Great Sea Kayaking Park Destinations

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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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John Freemuth, who holds the Cecil D. Andrus  Endowed Chair for Environment and Public Lands at Boise State University, and Nada Culver, the vice president for public lands and senior policy counsel at the National Audubon Society, discuss efforts in Washington to tweak the National Environmental Policy Act as well as the Endangered Species Act.