Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA (Click to enlarge)
||Welcome to our look at National & State Parks
Who is 'Avant Geographic' ? Just a group of New Zealand-based hikers and travellers who share a common interest in exploring interesting and significant places, and recording our experiences here for others.
The Southern Alps are on our doorstep, and provide some of the world's best Walking and Tramping tracks. (We are still trying to visit them all !). We continously add more of what we visit, and try to give as much information as we can about each place, so check back often.
This year (2016), is the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks Service in the USA, and of course the World's first National Park was Yellowstone, a place we have long wanted to visit. They do a great job of looking after many special places, and ensuring the public can visit them, without ruining what they are visiting to see. At Yellowstone it goes even further, with special effort given to preserving wildlife in its natural habitat as well, a job that is often easier said than done.
Back home here, New Zealand's Department of Conservation (DOC), have a website www.doc.govt.nz well worth referring to, if you are an overseas or local visitor. DOC provide Huts for Trampers, look after & improve walking tracks (incl bridges and viewing platforms), operate Information Centres at the National Parks, and provide great Sign-Posting, among all sorts of other things.
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