Friday, September 25, 2009

Parks Are In This Week

National Parks are in this week. PBS is airing The National Parks: America's Best Idea in a six part series, starting Sunday at 8 PM. I went to a special preview last night at the Lincoln Theater in MV, sponsored by a number of local conservation groups. It looks really really good, particularly if you're into the history of conservation. Also, as a prequel, KCTS-9 is going to run a special episode tonight at 7:30 on Washington State National Parks. There's nothing quite like going out for a long day in the Olympics or the North Cascades, or something a little more distant like Yellowstone.
Also, a special commission on national parks published a long anticipated report just yesterday, with specific recommendations to Congress and the President on steps to improve and expand the park system--and ideal---over the next century. The "National Parks Second Century Commission" includes such notables as Sandra Day O'Connor and E.O. Wilson, a famous biologist--the report has credibility. Their 52 page report is here-it's worth a skim.
"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it very hard to plan the day."--E.B. White, taken from last night.

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