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Off-The-Beaten-Path Trip Ideas for This Summer

The year 2016 marked the third straight year that the US National Parks set a record for attendance. This is great news, as more and more people are visiting our national wonders, but it also puts pressure on resources, roads, wildlife, and staff.

The federal government is currently under a hiring freeze which is greatly impacting the national parks as they prepare for the summer season. While the full effects won’t be known until later, it could lead to a shortage of staff at parks across the country.

Here is a simple idea to show support for the parks and yet help alleviate the pressures of tourism: Continue reading “Off-The-Beaten-Path Trip Ideas for This Summer”

Thank You, or We Must Resist

when-one-tugs-at-a-single-thing-in-nature-john-muirLast night we started the Facebook page Alt-National Park Service and within 20 hours we received over 9500 page likes. Posts on the site were seen over 150,000 times. Trump may be able to shutdown the official social media accounts of the National Parks and other government agencies, but he cannot shutdown the internet.

Over the next four years we have a lot of work to do. We must unite to not only fight for the environment, but also to fight for our American values. We must be welcoming to immigrants; me must help refugees; we must support equal rights for women. We must resist what is happening in Washington.

The goal of this fledgling blog is to bring together park employees, journalists and people who love the national parks to share positive stories about the parks and to share information on climate change and issues in a fair way. If you see stories that need attention or need sharing, please message us on our Facebook page or email us at altnationalparkservice@gmail.com