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Survey Shows Visitors Would Support Higher Entrance Fees To See Yellowstone National Park Bears

Bears in Yellowstone National Park and visitors who watch bears cost money, both in terms of the park's approach to bear management, and its approach to "bear jams" on the park's roads. And, interestingly, a study shows that a majority of Yellowstone visitors would pay as much $50 extra dollars in entrance fees to ensure the opportunity to see bears in the park.
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Unmanned Drone Crashes Into Famous Hot Spring At Yellowstone National Park

A ban on the use of drones in National Park Service areas has become a hot topic this summer, and that was literally the case last weekend at Yellowstone National Park when one of the unmanned aircraft crashed into the largest hot spring in the park. Park officials now have to figure out what threat the debris may pose to the spring itself.

100th Anniversary Of Arapaho Pack Trip Celebrated On August 9 At Rocky Mountain National Park

In 1914, the Colorado Mountain Club, hoping to persuade Congress to support the establishment of a national park in the Estes Valley and Grand Lake area, arranged for Arapaho elders from the Wind River Reservation to provide Arapaho names for local landmarks. Part of that effort involved a two-week pack trip through the area, and the centennial of those activities is being celebrated with a series of events on August 9 at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Body Spotted In Grand Canyon National Park

A body presumed to be that of a missing Arizona man was spotted Wednesday several hundred feet below the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park, but rangers weren't going to be able to reach it before Thursday.

Color Movies From 1930 Shot In Yellowstone National Park Being Restored

A vintage movie, typical of a "home movie," shot in Yellowstone National Park decades ago is being restored by the National Archives, casting a unique light on park visitors of an earlier day. What's particularly interesting is the grainy 16mm film, thought to be black-and-white, actually was shot in color, making it one of the first color films to be shot in the park.

Katmai National Park Snared Bear Saved By Park Rangers, Biologists

A coastal brown bear doomed to death by a snare around her neck was saved by Katmai National Park and Preserve rangers and biologists who were able to remove the snare, and tatoo her for future identification, in a quickly performed procedure.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Reopens Oak Island Dock, But Watch Your Food

With bears acting more like bears in terms of eating their normal fare, the dock at Oak Island in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin has reopened to boaters.

Eastern National's Passport To Your National Parks Photo Contest Is Up And Running

Fancy yourself a good photographer? If you work for the Natinal Park Service, or are a Volunteer-In-Parks staffer, consider entering Eastern National's 2015 Passport To Your National Parks® Photo Contest. Ten winning national park photos will be featured on the 2015 Passport To Your National Parks® annual stamp series—nine by Passport geographic regions and one National Stamp.

Yellowstone National Park Crews Continue Work To Erase Illegal Trail Into Bechler Region

As big as Yellowstone National Park is -- 63 miles north to south and 54 miles east to west -- perhaps it's not too surprising that someone not interested in driving to a trailhead in the park decided to make their own on the edge of the park. But by this fall, that trail should be erased as park crews finish the second of two years' work in removing signs of the illegal trail.

Keep An Eye Out For Mountain Lions At Dinosaur National Monument

While mountain lions are magnificent animals, they can also be dangerous. That's why Dinosaur National Monument officials want visitors to know that there has been recent mountain lion activity in the Echo Park area, where a fresh kill was spotted July 22.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Closes Trails Due To High Heat

In a move to protect hikers from themselves, officials at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada have temporarily closed the Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Springs trails because it's too hot for most people.

"Paddling Protection Act" Raises Debate Over Wilderness Travel In Yellowstone National Park

Threading through the backcountry, and frontcountry, of Yellowstone National Park are creeks and streams fueled by springs and snowmelt, some only several feet across, some dozens of feet wide. More than 300 topple over waterfalls at least 15 feet high, while others meander placidly through the Lamar and Hayden valleys.

Interior Department Reaches Agreement With AFL-CIO To "Rebuild, Restore, Renew" National Parks

"Union made" will soon be a phrase you can utter at Assateague Island National Seashore, as a conservation corps team will be working there later this year under supervision of an organization related to the AFL-CIO.

Heading To Mesa Verde National Park This Fall? Consider A Backcountry Hike To Ruins

If you're planning a trip to Mesa Verde National Park this fall, one of the things you should consider is signing up for a backcountry hike with rangers to see some ruins that aren't typically seen by park visitors.

National Wildlife Federation Official Takes Helm Of Student Conservation Association

A new leader is coming to the Student Conservation Association, which has announced the appointment of Jaime Berman Matyas as its president and chief executive officer beginning in September.

Big Oak Flat Road In Yosemite National Park Back Open To Traffic

While firefighters continue to battle the El Portal Fire along the western border of Yosemite National Park, traffic once again is being allowed to travel the Big Oak Flat Road, aka Highway 120.

Classic National Park Posters On Display In Washington Until Next Spring

Despite advances made into the 21st century, some of the most striking posters promoting the national parks are those produced shortly before World War II by the Works Progress Administration. The artistry that went into these silk-screened promotions remains as striking today as it was 75 years ago. And if you find yourself in Washington, D.C., in the coming months, you can understand why with a visit to the Interior Department to see a collection of the posters.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Hope Bison Relocation Program Can Reduce Culling

In a bid to reduce the number of park bison that are sent to slaughter, Yellowstone National Park officials are exploring the process of a quarantine program that could be developed to provide brucellosis-free animals to tribes and other entities looking to build bison herds.

Exploring The Waterworks Deep Inside The Inner Gorge Of Grand Canyon National Park

What exists within the place known as the "Inner Gorge" of Grand Canyon National Park? The following video follows three scientists as they explore springs spouting from deep within this section of the park.

Huna Tlingit Gain OK To Harvest Glaucous-Winged Gull Eggs At Glacier Bay National Park

A law authorizing the Huna Tlingit to harvest glaucous-winged gull eggs in their traditional homeland of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska has been signed by President Obama.

Olympic National Park Gets Approval To Move Enchanted Valley Chalet...But How?

Olympic National Park officials have received approval to move the Enchanted Valley Chalet away from the East Fork Quinault River, and will try to accomplish that before fall.

El Portal Fire Covers More Than 3,000 Acres Along Yosemite National Park Border

The El Portal wildfire that flared up several days ago from unknown causes had burned more than 3,000 acres along Yosemite National Park's western border by Tuesday and was just 19 percent contained, but the park remained open for visitors.

Missing 13-Year-Old Found Safe In Kings Canyon National Park

A 13-year-old California boy who got separated from his group in the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park has been found and was to be brought out today.

Night Sky Festival Coming To Lassen Volcanic National Park This Weekend

Focusing on the night skies will be the star attraction this weekend at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California when the park's Dark Sky Festival is held.

Research Finds Vegetation In National Parks Moving In Response To Changing Climate

It long has been expected that as the climate warms, vegetation would react by moving. Both north in latitude, and up in elevation. Now new research confirms that "because of the combination of climate change and habitat loss, up to one-quarter of the total area of the National Park System is vulnerable to vegetation shifting up slope and northward."

UPDATED: Searches Under Way For Missing Hikers In Rocky Mountain, Kings Canyon National Parks

Searches were under way Monday afternoon for missing hikers in both Rocky Mountain and Kings Canyon national parks.

Celebrate Wilderness Act's 50th Anniversary At Cumberland Island National Seashore

Wilderness exploration is on tap this September at Cumberland Island National Seashore and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, where multi-day paddling journeys into wilderness areas will be staged.

Hiker Uses Bear Spray, Firearm Against Bear At Glacier National Park

The Mount Brown Lookout Trail at Glacier National Park is a tough, demanding path, climbing more than 4,200 feet from Lake McDonald Lodge in just about five miles. And, as is most of Glacier, it rambles through bear country, a fact one hiker discovered when a bear charged him and he responded first with a blast from his canister of bear spray, and then with a shot from his handgun that rangers believe hit the bear.

Congressman Proposes Overhaul To Fee Programs On National Parks, Other Public Lands

Legislation introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives would, if enacted as drafted, require the National Park Service to determine "a nationally consistent entrance fee policy and corresponding rate structure" for the 401 units of the National Park System, a potentially sweeping requirement that seemingly could generate tens of millions of additional dollars for the parks.

Yosemite National Park Access Hampered, Campgrounds Closed Due To Wildfire

Access to Yosemite National Park was hampered Sunday, and several campgrounds had been closed, due to a wildfire that had covered more than 2,000 acres and reportedly claimed at least one structure.
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