Lassen National Park – 100 Years of Changing Landscape

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Lassen Peak prior to its devastating eruption in 1915. Photo by B.F. Loomis, courtesy of National Park Service

The Cascade Mountains stretch from southern British Columbia, Canada, all the way into northern California. Part of the famed Ring of Fire – a string of volcanoes and mountains running throughout the Pacific Ocean – the southern Cascades contain hundreds of small to medium-sized volcanoes. This includes more than 30 volcanoes that make up California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park.

This week marks the 100th anniversary of one of Lassen’s most powerful volcanic eruptions.

To learn more about the explosive history of this remarkable national park and view rarely seen pictures that were taken during a major volcanic eruption, click here.

An Eco-friendly Gun-Toting Hiker?

 Chalk another one up for Bush and his “midnight regulations” tactics. If further devastating the environmental protections like the Clean Water Act weren’t enough, now he’s “making the world safe for democracy” by allowing concealed weapons to be carried on national parks.A reversal of a 25-year-old federal rule restricting this practice, beginning in January ’09, park visitors will be able loaded guns into national parks or wildlife refuges. The only caveat is they must either have a permit to carry or that the park or refuge allows weapons entry.

The bad news, besides significantly raising the probability of accidental shootings and serious injuries for unsuspecting nature lovers, is that weapons will be allowed even in parks in states specifically banning guns in state parks.

As to the purpose or logic behind this potentially hazardous new “right”, that remains obscure at best.