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Robert Kunzig is Senior Environment Editor for National Geographic magazine.

The Blitz Never Quits

A new bug for Barataria Preserve.

Wild Hogs Roiling Louisiana Park

Prowling by night, feral hogs are spreading fast in Jean Lafitte National Park in southern Louisiana.

Slash Pile, Burn Pile

When you drive through Rocky Mountain National Park these days, one of the stranger things you notice—once you’ve stopped being startled by the scenery or the elk—is the enormous piles of wood along the road. They’re shaped like teepees, they’re called slash piles, and they’re future bonfires: Last winter the rangers lit 5,700 of them…

From Tucson to the Tundra

Last year the members of the Eco Club at Sabino High School in Tucson, Arizona, were enthusiastic BioBlitzers at Saguaro National Park, their home field, where they counted things like frogs that live in small granite pools in the desert. They liked that so well they returned later to count giant saguaro cactuses in a…

Goodbye to “Primitive America”: An Interview With Jon Jarvis

National Park Service director Jon Jarvis came to Rocky Mountain National Park this weekend to join in the BioBlitz. But he also came to release a report, prepared at his request by a committee of scientists, that outlines a new strategy for the Park Service as it approaches its centennial in 2016. Called Revisiting Leopold, the report is modeled on a 1963 report drafted by ecologist A. Starker Leopold. The Leopold Report became a lodestar for a generation of ecologically minded rangers, including Jarvis—but Jarvis says it no longer fits the world we live in.

The Population Monster Knocking at our Door

The United Nations chose today as a “symbolic date” for the the population milestone of 7,000,000,000 people. Today is also Halloween, so the UN chose aptly: Population has been the monster knocking at our door for a long time. National Geographic Senior Environment Editor Robert Kunzig comments that the biggest population problem is not growth, it’s the way we live.