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NPS Web Sites: Boon or Bust?


    If you've been paying attention, the National Park Service somewhat recently revamped its web presence, taking a cookie-cutter approach to its on-line presence to produce a uniform fit, if you will, from park to park to park.
    One of the features I like is an effort by some parks to put more photos up on their sites. But if you frequent various parks' web sites, you'll notice there can be quite a bit of difference in the available content.
     Seabury Blair Jr., "Mr. Outdoors" for the Kitsap Sun out of Bremerton, Washington, has noticed this difference. And he's not very complimentary of what the NPS has produced. For his views, check out this site.


Waaaaaaaahhhhh! I'm afraid of change!!! To be honest, if I have to choose between a webnerd updating Olympics website or an LEO out in the field keeping the place safe, I'm going to go with the LEO. Websites should be kept relevant but not every NPS site is going to be like Glacier NP.

Agreed, but there was definitely a significant amount of time and resources poured into the NPS web redesign. The fact that the end result makes it more difficult to find park sites by state, region or topic is frustrating to say the least. used to be a daily destination on my laptop but now I actually rely on my own website and the deep links to the original park websites (those local pages you can sometimes find clicking on the "In Depth" button at that we posted there to find information I need. There are a lot of great websites dedicated to the National Parks, Kurt's being one of the best. But they should be free to supplement and highlight what NPS has to offer, rather than have to fill the gaps left by NPS's poorly planned "updated" site.

I was trying the other day to re access some administrative history on a NP site and could not find it anywhere.. I do remember pages and pages of this kind of data.

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