New Natl. Parks Chief Takes Scientific Approach

Jonathan Jarvis, named the head of the National Park Service last month, says that he'll work with the National Academy of Sciences to fight global warming, which he says is "the greatest challenge ever to face national parks."

The Christian Science Monitor reports that Jarvis makes his green sensibility apparent.

"During his career, Jarvis has backed removal of dams blocking salmon streams near Olympic National Park in Washington. He reduced development around Crater Lake National Park in Oregon to improve water quality. And he got into hot water recently with US Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California for fighting a commercial oyster operation in a bay at Point Reyes National Seashore because he believed it would harm the marine ecosystem."

Full Story: Long to-do list for new US parks chief



Cleaner transit in parks


This article didn't have much substance re what the parks service will do to address climate change. Clean and affordable mass transit in our parks would be a good start.

The Smokies did a pilot with clean buses and I'd like to learn if they now are operating a bus system, as opposed to people having to drive their cars to access the park. Yosemite had dirty diesel buses and a lot of cars in the valley the last time I visited.

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