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National Parks Traveler: Colorado River Economics, Rebranding Bandelier National Monument

National Parks Traveler Podcast

Release Date: 02/23/2020

National Parks Traveler: July's National Parks News Review show art National Parks Traveler: July's National Parks News Review

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Host Kurt Repanshek discusses some of the news impacting national parks in July with Mike Murray, a member of the executive council of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks.

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Residential environmental learning centers are nonprofit facilities that connect people to nature. But they are tasked with serving a greater good -- to foster the development of better global citizens. Lynn Riddick speaks with Catey McClary of the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont to better understand this organization whose roots in outdoor learning go back some 50 years.

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Nature is an incredibly powerful and successful teacher. Of course, students need teachers to deliver the lessons. That’s where Residential Environmental Learning Centers come into play in national parks.

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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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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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In recent years there has been a movement of sorts to rebrand units of the National Park System as “national parks,” a movement motivated in large part by the economic boost such a redesignation is hoped to have. In New Mexico there’s a group that’s opposed to turning Bandelier National Monument into Bandelier National Park. We discuss that issue with Tom Ribe, executive director of Caldera Action, a nonprofit advocacy group in New Mexico.

And we continue our series on how the health of the Colorado River impacts Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah. To get a better understanding of the river economics in play, we talk with Megan Lawson, an economist with Headwaters Economics.