This blog originally appeared in the Huffington Post on April 25, 2014. This week, the National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association are celebrating dark skies. And on Thursday, April 24, Chaco Culture National Historical Park celebrates its new designation as one of only four national parks recognized as an International Dark Sky Park.
In case you missed it, there was a great show of support on Twitter to protect Chaco’s night skies from light pollution caused by burning natural gas off as waste at oil well sites. The show of support came as Chaco Culture National Historical Park celebrated International Dark Sky Week and its designation as an
This blog originally appeared in the Huffington Post on March 26, 2014. In 1906, a Republican Congress passed the Antiquities Act. A Republican president, Teddy Roosevelt, signed it. Now some Republicans in Congress, such as Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, want to gut it. The Antiquities Act was written to give a president the authority
This blog originally appeared in the Huffington Post on March 21, 2014. There are many versions of the classic game of Monopoly. There’s the original, a variety of other theme-related versions, and a national park version. The park version came out in the 1990s when I was working at the Grand Canyon. I didn’t like
This blog originally appeared in the Huffington Post on January 27th, 2014. By Ellis Richard, Park Rangers for Our Lands Outdoor retailers are getting together in Salt Lake City this week (January 22-25). The business event happens twice a year (there’s also a summer show) to look at new outdoor gear, find new products for
As the 7th Year Anniversary of the Master Leasing Plan Process Begins, BLM needs to Push Forward in Moab
By Jim Gale, Park Rangers for Our Lands This month marks the 7th year since the BLM Utah Moab Field Office began a Master Leasing Plan (MLP’s) for 77 oil and gas leases that would potentially be placed in the shadow of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, creating potential threats to the iconic sandstone vistas
This Thursday, I will be attending what is being billed as Interior Sec. Sally Jewell’s first major speech on land conservation issues at the National Press Club. The speech comes just after the anniversary of her first six months on the job earlier this October. So what are my thoughts about Sally Jewell’s first six
This past week I’ve been at Cedar Breaks National Monument in southwest Utah. It’s over 10,000 feet at the Civilian Conservation Corps era visitor center. I’m here doing night sky programs. The night sky is gorgeous at this altitude, and the air is as clean and clear as you’ll find anywhere in our country. Last
The following is a diary by Jim Gale, founding member of Park Rangers for Our Lands, on a two-day July 2013 trip near Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park in Grand County, Utah. Joining Jim was Maite Arce, president of the Hispanic Access Foundation, Maite’s family; Ashley Korenblat, owner of Western Spirit Cycling Adventures;
By Jim Gale, founding member of Park Rangers for Our Lands In running the Green River, through the Gates of Lodore, Park Rangers for Our Lands envisioned another “Encounter with the Archdruid” type moment might be possible in hopes of drawing some focus to the threats to the national parks from oil and gas leasing.