Parks in the News

This Big Bang at Badlands National Park Wasn't Just a Theory

Badlands N. P.
Unexploded military ordnance turns up in parks from time to time, and a recent find in Badlands National Park was handled cautiously. That proved to be the right call.

Are You a Fan of Lighthouses? National Lighthouse Day is Coming Up

Sullivan's Island Light.
National Lighthouse Day is being observed around the country on August 7, and there are some excellent examples of those beacons in NPS areas. Some parks will host special events this weekend; one of them is more often associated with a famous battle than a lighthouse.

Clock Ticking on Jon Jarvis's Confirmation Vote in the U.S. Senate

Time is running out for Jon Jarvis to be confirmed as the next director of the National Park Service. If the Senate doesn't confirm his selection by the end of business Friday, the vote will have to wait until the Congress returns after the August break.

Death Valley National Park Working To Protect Fish That Live in 90-Degree Hot Spring

A tiny fish, one that lives in a 90-degree hot spring within a limestone cave and whose fate once was pondered by the U.S. Supreme Court, is now the focus of a Death Valley National Park plan designed to help the species avoid extinction.

Judge Mulling Request To Address Yellowstone National Park's Wandering Bison

When last we left the issue of free-roaming bison in Yellowstone National Park, there was controversy over how the animals were being "hazed" back into the park from a place called the Horse Butte Peninsula in Montana. Now the Montana Stockgrowers Association has gone to court to force the hazing to follow a more specific schedule, even though no cattle are grazed on the land in question.

Vandals Trash Historic CCC Building at Colorado National Monument

A building at Colorado National Monument constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps crews in 1941 and long popular with visitors to the monument has been vandalized.

Young Kayaker Rescued in Glacier National Park, But Not Before A Nap in a Hollow Log

Rip van Winkle he wasn't, but a 13-year-old kayaker who capsized on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park might have been found sooner had he not fallen asleep in a hollow log once he reached shore.

After 82 Years, It's Time For A Substantial Upgrading of The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park

Eighty-two years have elapsed since The Ahwahnee Hotel, the most opulent lodging in the national parks then, and now, welcomed its first guests. Well, all those seasons and all those guests have taken a toll on the grand dame, and Yosemite National Park officials are contemplating a substantial rehabilitation of the property.

"Flying the Flag" for National Parks for Over Five Million Miles

Astronaut Megan McArthur with Secretary Salazar and Acting Director Wenk.
NASA Astronaut Megan McArthur is a big fan of national parks, and she recently had a chance to "fly the flag" for parks in an unusual way. She carried a custom-made NPS banner on her recent flight on space shuttle Atlantis, a trip that logged 5.3 million miles.

4-Year-Old Drowns In Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

A 4-year-old who was briefly left unsupervised at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has drowned in Lake Powell, according to park officials.

Major Road Closure Coming to Yellowstone National Park

A key section of the Grand Loop road system in Yellowstone National Park will be closed to traffic for the rest of the summer beginning August 17. While that won't keep you from reaching all front-country areas of the park, it will require some substantial detours.

UPDATED: Search Ends for Woman Missing from Cruise Ship in Glacier Bay National Park

Cruise ship in Glacier Bay.
A search for a woman who was reported missing from a cruise ship in Glacier Bay National Park on Monday morning has ended. Searchers have recovered a body believed to be that of the missing woman, many miles from the park

Face of America: Glacier National Park, A Multimedia Feast

Poetry in motion is a phrase that could describe the wind rustling an aspen glade in Glacier National Park, or the cascading tendrils of Birdwoman Falls as it plunges from a hanging valley on Mount Oberlin. But it also describes a troupe of ballet dancers who twirled and leapt skyward in the park in a bid to capture its essence in dance.

Flash Flood Leads to Rescue of 200+ Campers at Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Vehicle caught by flood.
The Alley Spring Campground at Ozark National Scenic Riverways became the scene of a mass rescue when a flash flood swamped the site, and over 200 campers suddenly found themselves in the water and in the dark at 4 a.m.

"Cliff Fire" at Zion National Park Contained, Kolob Canyons Area Reopened to the Public

Four days after a lightning strike ignited a wildfire in the backcountry of Zion National Park, the fire has been contained and park officials have reopened the Kolob Canyons area to visitors.

Ever Consider "Adopting" A Cove at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

So many coves, and so few staff. That's the problem at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, where they're looking for volunteers to help keep the lake's coves clean.

World's Wildlife Populations Are Struggling Despite Global Pledges to Protect Biodiversity

Seven years ago, governments around the world pledged to achieve a "significant reduction" in the ongoing loss of biodiversity by 2010. Unfortunately, the latest IUCN report says that goal will not be met, and that the wildlife crisis is greater than the world's economic crisis.

Pinnacles National Monument: Should It Be Labeled A National Park?

There's a move afoot in Congress to have the name of Pinnacles National Monument changed to Pinnacles National Park.

Backcountry Campfire Ban Coming to Olympic National Park

Beginning Monday you won't be able to build a campfire in the backcountry of Olympic National Park due to increasing high fire danger.

Snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Environmental Extremists in the Obama Administration

What are we to think when a U.S. senator brands Jon Jarvis, a highly respected regional director of the National Park Service, as representing "the extreme policies of the Obama administration"?

Updated: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Search Ends Up With a Happy Ending

A woman whose disappearance into the storm-swollen Little River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park had authorities fearing the worst turned up in good physical condition Saturday morning.

Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park Agree to work on LUST Together

LUST is a serious problem in Yellowstone National Park. No, not THAT kind of LUST, but rather Leaking Underground Storage Tanks. And officials from the national park and the state of Wyoming have pledged to work together on cleaning up the problem.

Search Under Way Friday Afternoon For Woman Who Jumped or Fell Into Little River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A search was under way Friday afternoon for a woman who either jumped or fell into the Little River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The search was along the river from the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area towards Townsend.

Busted: Law Enforcement Task Forces Wipe Out 71 Marijuana Operations in Kings Canyon National Park

A two-week operation involving various law enforcement agencies has wiped out 71 marijuana growing operations in Kings Canyon National Park and led to the arrests of more than 80 individuals tied to Mexican drug cartels.

National Geographic Magazine Revisits Yellowstone National Park's Supervolcano

There's nothing earth-shatteringly new in National Geographic Magazine's latest article on the slumbering supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park. But that doesn't mean it's not a good read.

Blown Over and Blown Away at Katmai National Park and Preserve

Floatplanes
Katmai National Park and Preserve is a classic example of an Alaskan park—beautiful, remote and limited development. When high winds caused several accidents and stranded tourists, the staff came to the rescue in more ways than one.

Historic Lighthouse Aids in Rescue at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Raspberry Island Light
A historic lighthouse had a role in one of three recent rescues at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, and quick work by the park staff averted several potential tragedies.

Scientists: Climate Change Seems Responsible for A Loss of Large-Diameter Trees in Yosemite National Park

Climate change with its warmer and drier seasons appears to be responsible for a decline in large-diameter trees across much of Yosemite National Park, according to a recently released study.
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Rafting Accident in Dinosaur National Monument Claims Colorado Woman

A Colorado woman has apparently drowned on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument after being thrown from her raft while going through a rapid.

Vandals Remove Fencing That Was Protecting Turtle Nest at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore authorities are trying to determine who removed fencing that had been set up to protect a sea turtle's nest not far from Rodanthe. Rangers say it doesn't appear as if the nest was disturbed. Not only did they again fence the site, but they expanded the area protected as required under a court-ordered consent decree pertaining to beach access.
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