An exhibit opening this weekend at the University of Wyoming Art Museum is among the first major displays of astrophotography as art.‘Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography’ is a dazzling exhibition, ranging from night skies and landscapes to deep space photography.
President Obama wants to add 55 million dollars to the National Park Service budget, including ten million dollars to get parks ready for their centennial celebration in 2016. John Garder with the National Parks Conservation Association says the money is needed to address billions of dollars in maintenance.
A report by the National Park Service indicates that parks are major economic drivers for surrounding communities.
The report shows that park visitation generated more than $700 million in Wyoming in 2012 and supported thousands of jobs and local businesses. Nation-wide, tourists spent more than $26 billion when visiting parks.
An advocacy group is warning that fracking could cause air pollution and other problems in national parks.
Sharon Mader with the National Parks Conservation Association says they’re concerned that ozone from gas development in Sublette County could spread to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. She says that hasn’t happened yet, but they’re worried about the future.
The University of Wyoming will host a panel discussion Thursday on how climate change can impact planning and management at national parks.
Researchers from around the world will discuss how environmental changes can impact tourism. UW Professor Patricia Taylor is one of the organizers. She says it’s important that those in running parks consider how stakeholders are impacted by decisions park managers make on topics concerning climate.