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March 2010

March 2010
Stories along the Way in National Parks
March, 2010. A chill can still be felt in the warm winter. The National Park Quarterly has walked into the sixth year since its initial publication. Time flies but the footprints stay. Amid the changes in different eras, national parks have created a style of their own in promotional publications, images and music, and have familiarized people in Taiwan with everything about national parks.
This issue of NPQ will take readers to a tour of some of the artistic and verbal creations about national parks over time. First let's have a look at national parks' senior staff on how they creatively turn serious studies of conservation into friendly works easy for comprehension. Then see what colossal labor and effort it takes to produce all those seemingly brief ecological documentary films. Next pay a visit to celebrated writer Rong-ling Huo and calligrapher Cing-fen Pan to appreciate how they precisely designed classic CIS for the images of national parks. And close the eyes and listen to renowned music producer Judy Wu on how she strenuously collected the sounds of Taiwan that people might have neglected.
From another angle, Death Valley National Park (U.S.A.), a paradise of extremities enjoyed by some unique animals and suitable for visitors in winter only, is worth a visit. In the special report, Taiwan's first mountaineering school, initiated by Director-general of CPAMI Shih-wen Yeh and long-anticipated, represents a breakthrough in Taiwan's mountaineering education. Finally, with the guidance by a senior interpreter of Yangmingshan National Park, a cultural and ecological tour to Datun Mountain becomes a must-see at the end of this spring.
To preserve the beauty of natural ecology has been the perpetual responsibility of national parks, which also wholeheartedly strive to turn their beautiful scenery into eternity and cherished memories in the hope that more and more people will appreciate and protect these national treasures of Taiwan. Despite the changes over time, the records left will forever remind people that this land is full of what everybody should be so proud of.