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Art Allen's Parkland Watch

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Parkland Watch, available at Google Groups

For the last couple years, I've been subscribed to a private email list moderated by a fellow that is tied into some amazing sources of news and information regarding the National Park Service. There had been some rules regarding the list that made it difficult to open it to up public access, but things have just changed. Art Allen, the moderator of the list, has created a new email list/discussion group that has bypassed the old restrictions, and is now publicly accessible. Art's one of the folks hanging out in our Visitor Center, and as you can see, he's got quite a history with the National Park Service. This is where Art has published his new list -

Google Groups : Parkland Watch

You'll see it all on this list, park news, politics, opinion, and occasionally some insider memos and other detail. Typically the list generates 30 or so new email a day, so be prepared for some reading if you subscribe! Art has described the list this way,

This is the place to find news about what's going on in the National Park Service (and all the public lands), and to express your personal views on park or other matters. We urge you to share your opinion on matters that concern you. Debate about differing views is welcome.

Art is pretty good at this. As moderator of the private list, he had posted nearly 20,000 messages. Typically, Art will provide additional commentary about a lot of the news at the heading of each piece. If the new list is as successful as the former list, it will be a lot of fun, and we'll have Art to thank as the brains behind the operation.


Thanks for the tip-off on this list, Jeremy. Your readers might appreciate that there are several subscription options for Art's Google Group, including:

- No Email: I will read this group on the web
- Abridged Email (No more than 1 email per day) Get a summary of new activity each day
- Digest Email (Approximately 1 email per day) Get up to 25 full new messages bundled into a single email

I use the web-only and Digest options to monitor many wilderness- and National Parks-related listservs, without burning up my email bandwidth.

There are also Atom and RSS feed options, which integrate seamlessly into apps like Google Reader.

Hence, more free time to get out and explore the wilder-ness.

In sustainable adventure,
~ Andrew
Author, Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
Winner, 2005 National Outdoor Book Award, Best Outdoor Adventure Guidebook

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