SF Gate: Rare photo archive donation shows glory of Yosemite National Park in 1903. “The slides arrived in what looked to be a handmade wooden box labeled, “Yosemite 1903.” Inside lay a total of 120 slides depicting life in Yosemite National Park in the early 1900s at iconic locations like Half Dome, Nevada Falls and El Capitan. Yosemite had become only the third national park in the United States just 13 years before, and a man by the name of Charles F. Oehler set about taking photos of the park, which were passed on through the generations of Oehler’s family and donated by his great-grandson.” The slides are in the process of being digitized and put online.
The Asahi Shimbun: Sublime scenes in Oze National Park on Google Street View. “Not everybody is able to visit Oze National Park straddling Gunma, Fukushima, Niigata and Tochigi prefectures, but now the magnificent landscape of two popular destinations there is available on Google Street View. The service allows viewers to take in the sights as if they were actually on site. They can also take a virtual stroll on a wooden causeway by switching images on the website.”
Sierra News Online: New Web Site Offers ‘Virtual’ Tour of Yosemite. “A new web site — Virtual Yosemite — is now offering a virtual reality (VR) tour of Yosemite National Park and its surrounding areas. The new site, which went live this summer, provides high resolution, 360-degree panoramic views from over 200 locations throughout the sprawling park.”
White Mountain Independent: Arizona Memory Project now hosts collection of Apache County photos . “The Apache National Forest History collection from Round Valley Public Library highlights the history of the Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests beginning in the 1910s. The collection showcases the work of the Civil Conservation Corps, the National Forest Service and the logging industry in Apache County, Arizona….Viewers of the collection will find images of campgrounds, lodges, mills, reservoirs and lakes, construction projects, and the people that helped make the Apache National Forest a place to escape the summer heat.”
USDA: Millions of Acres in the Palm of your Hand. “How many times have you been out for a weekend drive or on a trip and decided to visit a national forest or grassland only to discover that you have no idea how to get to the areas where you can have the most fun? Well, problem solved—and just in time for National Great Outdoors Month! The USDA Forest Service has launched a free mobile app version of its very popular online visitor’s map called, simply, Visitor Map.”
Google Blog: Visit the U.S. National Parks in Google Earth. “Each spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation dedicate a week to celebrating the protected spaces in our communities. Today, we’re bringing the national parks to you in a Google Earth guided tour through 31 different parks around the country.”
Mashable: The sad silence of the National Parks Instagram accounts. “The photos and livestreams that happen across these accounts are key tools of advocacy for the parks, be it protection of wildlife living in the parks, educating the public on everything the National Park Service and its employees do, or even promoting ecologically-friendly behavior. By pulling in millions of people with stunning photos, the parks can then reach a much larger audience when they need to spread the word about conservation efforts or visitor tips, like what do when a bison walks up and licks your car.”