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The Good News About Our National Parks


The good news is that the USA has protected some of the most unique places to see, and to encourage visitors, brings all the parks, monuments, and wilderness areas into one online message board.

The bad news is that the National Parks face a budget crisis. Struggling to protect the historic, cultural and natural resources, parks are short of funds for operating facilities, roads, bridges, trails and buildings. In 2006, a $814 million shortfall was reported. The NPS has fewer employees now and over 273,000,000 people visited the Parks in 2005.

Volunteering has become popular with more people willing to offer their time in assisting with clean up, rebuilding or other tasks. not only features a message board for each region of every state but under the category Special Interests members are invited to post messages and find links to the volunteer opportunity just right for them.

Bob Therrien, creator of, outdoor writer, and constant traveler commented, “Over the years, the hardest part for me has been the research about which parks, hikes, climbs, guides I want to visit with my family and friends. Exploring site after site, then mapping the distance from each area of interest is inefficient and many times lacking in information. To solve that inefficiency we have collected all the basic information about our parks, wilderness areas and monuments into one website. is an outdoors recreation message board that now needs real trip reports from people who love these parks and are willing to share information on their special places.”

The message board opens up to reveal historic photos and a listing of states separated into regions. Search to find your park or region and there are forum posts to review. You’ll find links to park maps, webcams and interesting choices to pick from within a state. Choose just the park to visit or special interest posts on volunteer opportunities and travel for women only, men, training retreats, or shuttle posts.

For the activity-specific minded, encourages users to share trip reports for a variety of outdoor recreation activities. To research or share your favorite adventure travel location, log on to


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