Parks in the News

Graffiti Prompts Closure Of Area Near Sand Dune Arch At Arches National Park

Irresponsible visitors who couldn't resist carving their initials into the soft sandstone at Arches National Park have prompted the closure of an area near one of the park's iconic arches.

Isle Royale National Park Officials To Take Deeper Look At Plight Of Park's Wolves

At Isle Royale National Park, where the island's wolf population has been in slow decay for years, park officials have announced plans to take a thorough look at options for preserving wolves on the landscape.

This New National Park Would Be Unlike Any Other In The World

Across our country and around the world, national parks come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. They may be large or small, urban or remote, natural areas or historical sites, but few bear any similarity to one that was proposed last week. This potential national park would cover 579 square miles, include 170 museums, and be home to 1,500 species of flowering plants, 300 species of birds...and eight million people. It's certainly not another Yellowstone.

Connecting Youth To National Parks Through Paddling Programs

With so much water running through national parks, it seems the perfect setting to connect today's youth to the out-of-doors. And that's the mission of this year's Paddle Nation Grants.

National Park Week Is Just Around The Corner

National Park Week is right around the corner, the week of April 19-27, and on that first weekend you're invited to visit the parks without having to pay an entrance fee.

Nearly 15,000 Acres Of Petrified Forest National Park Open For Backcountry Exploration

It took more than two decades, but a rugged, remote, and intriguing area of Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona is now open to backcountry travelers.

With A Little Help From Friends Groups, National Parks Benefit

“I get by with a little help from my friends,” sang the Beatles. When it comes to national parks, it had better be a lot of help. The National Park Service often struggles with funding. Now, with tighter budgets and more demands, friends groups are proving invaluable in helping out parks.

Essential Paddling Guide: Olympic National Park’s Elwha River Running Wild Again

Run, river, run. That was the sentiment in the fall of 2011 when work began on the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. Taking down the 105-foot-high Elwha Dam and its sibling, the 210-foot-high Glines Canyon Dam, was history in the making. With the Elwha River’s headwaters high in Olympic National Park, it was more than just the removal of concrete.

Eastern National Seeking Donations To Reprint Publication Profiling Signers Of Declaration Of Independence

Eastern National is turning to the public via Kickstarter for funding to enable it to reprint a 1973 publication that contained profiles on the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Jewel Of Belize's National Park System Tarnished By Poaching, Gold Seekers, Border Strife

Gold is an alluring color, whether woven into the feathers of a Scarlet macaw winging through Maya Mountains rainforest or mixed in the gravels of streams that thread beneath the understory of Chiquibul National Park in the Belizean highlands.

Looking Back At Lake Clark National Park Pioneer Dick Proenneke

For three decades Dick Proenneke lived in a rich slice of Alaskan wilderness that would become Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. He built his cabin by hand and survived off the land. This short video provides some insights into his life at Twin Lakes.

Husband-Wife Team Studying Yellowstone National Park Moose Population

How healthy is Yellowstone National Park's moose population? That's a question a husband-and-wife team from Vermont hopes to answer over the course of a three-year study into the animals.

200-Mile Backpacking Trek Through Yosemite National Park Produces Amazing Video

The Range of Light Film Festival staged in Yosemite National Park last month brought to the screen many incredible videos, including this five-odd-minute version worth your attention if you pine for the high Sierra.

$10 Million In Renovations To Yosemite Lodge At The Falls Completed

A sweeping $10 million renovation of Yosemite Lodge At The Falls in Yosemite National Park has been completed, with improvements to guest rooms as well as Americans with Disabilities Act access updates.

Dinosaur National Monument Air Quality Problems Believed Tied To Utah's Oil And Gas Boom

Though remotely located in the mountains of northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument goes through days when the air quality is almost as bad as you'd find in major metropolitan areas.

Grand Canyon National Park, Along With Yellowstone, Has Bison Problems

Yellowstone National Park isn't the only national park with bison issues. Far to the south, Grand Canyon National Park officials are trying to better manage bison on the park's North Rim. Actually, they're trying to get the animals off the park's property on the North Rim.

"African American National Park Event" Coming In June

In a bid to show blacks are an integral part of the national park audience, the "African American National Park Event" has been scheduled for June.

Rebels With A Cause, The Story Behind Point Reyes National Seashore And Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Airing On PBS Stations

Rebels with a Cause, a documentary that celebrates the people and passion that saved the coastal wonders that would become the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is airing on PBS stations this month.

Quarter Commemorating Shenandoah National Park Arrives Friday

Come Friday, you'll be able to carry Shenandoah National Park around in your pocket. Well, at least a 25-cent piece celebrating the national park.

Proposal Calls For Renaming Colorado National Monument As Rim Rock Canyons National Park

After much discussion, a proposal is being floated to rename Colorado National Monument as Rim Rock Canyons National Park.

Senators Ask GAO To Investigate National Park Service's Spending Habits

A trio of U.S. senators has asked the Government Accountability Office to review the National Park Service's spending habits and recommend ways the agency can save money.

Waiting For The Buds To Burst At Mammoth Cave National Park

Timing, as they say, is everything. Particularly in springtime, when you're waiting for the tulips to bloom, the dogwoods to flower, and the crocuses to appear. At Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, officials hope you'll alert everyone when you see that first bud burst into color.

Dinosaur National Monument Expanding Hours For Travel Season

Longer days mean more hours to enjoy Dinosaur National Monument.

Looking For A Long Bike Ride? Join The 465-Mile Cycle Greater Yellowstone Ride

Looking for a nice, long bike ride to stretch out your legs this summer? Sign up for the 465-mile Cycle Greater Yellowstone ride.

Essential Paddling Guide: Rio Grande River Grapples With High Salinity, Bacteria Loads

Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River claim 245 miles of this renowned river. And while many of those miles wend their way through rugged and remote canyon country, sections of the river nevertheless are on the state of Texas’ list of impaired water bodies. The primary concern is high total dissolved solids (high salinity), but bacteria can be a problem in the very upper reach.

Decades-Long Cattle Trespass Comes To A Head For Lake Mead National Recreation Area And BLM

In a situation that reads like a bad plot from an old western movie, officials with the Bureau of Land Management and Lake Mead National Recreation Area are hoping for a peaceful resolution of a cattle trespass dispute with a Nevada rancher that has lasted more than 20 years. It's a tense and tricky situation.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Struggling To Afford Lifeguards This Summer

Riptides along Cape Hatteras National Seashore are some of the most dangerous along the East Coast, but budget woes have left the question of whether there will be lifeguards on the seashore this summer up in the air.

Trail Closures Planned At Zion National Park This Summer

Trailwork in Zion National Park this summer will require the closure of some trails in the Weeping Rock area, according to park officials.

4.8 Quake Shakes Yellowstone National Park

A swarm of earthquakes, with one registering a 4.8 magnitude, shuddered parts of Yellowstone National Park on Sunday, with smaller quakes before and after that one reported by seismologists.

Grand Teton National Park, The Videos

Kudos to the Grand Teton Association, which won a Media and Partnership Award at the Association of Partners for Public Lands' annual convention for a video series, From Valley to Peak, created in partnership with the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.
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