Drive to Yellowstone or Acadeia National Park, and the first thing you'll find is a long string of cars - bumper-to-bumper traffic on some roads. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, who are the National Parks for? - people or wildlife? Also, how Native Americans got squeezed out of Glacier Park.
Journalist Jon Margolis tells Jim Fleming about the the National Park Service's plans to restrict automobile traffic at some of the most popular national parks and explains the inherent conflict in the parks' dual mission to preserve wilderness and be useful to Americans. Also, mystery novelist and former park ranger Nevada Barr tells Jim Fleming about caving at Lechuguilla -- a vast underground complex discovered in the 1980s near the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.SEGMENT 2:
Louis Warren teaches history at the University of San Diego. He tells Judith Strasser the complicated tale of the U.S. Government's relationship with the Blackfeet Indians. Basically, the Feds grabbed their land to create Glacier National Park, then couldn't manage the elk herds without them.
This segment is part of "The Storied Land," funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.SEGMENT 3:
David Western is director of Kenya's Wildlife Service. He tells Steve Paulson how he went from being an avid killer of animals to a man who savored the hunt, not the kill, and now works to finds ways for human and animal populations to co-exist. Western's memoir is In the Dust of Kilimanjaro.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 98-04-19-B.
Page Design and Management by Jim Fleming at Wisconsin Public Radio.
© Copyright 1998 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.