Parks in the News

Half Dome Hiker Falls to His Death in Yosemite

Dangerous weather conditions apparently played a role in the death of a male hiker who fell from Half Dome Saturday afternoon.

Threats to Archaeological Resources Lead To Climbing Area Closure in Zion National Park

"Social" trails, too much chalk, and even climbing hardware left in place have prompted Zion National Park officials to close a climbing area to protect archaeological resources from damage.

Roped-Together Climbers Die in Fall On Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

Two acclaimed climbers who were roped together while climbing on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park have fallen several thousand feet to their deaths.

Work Under Way on Rebuilding Grand Canyon National Park's South Kaibab Trail From Rim to River

What do you get for several million dollars and several years of work at Grand Canyon National Park? A fully refurbished South Kaibab Trail from rim to river.

Roadwork In Sequoia National Park to Snarl Traffic For a While

Wouldn't it be great if roadwork could be done during the off-season months, say November through April? Sadly, the weather makes that difficult and so you'll have to tolerate traffic at a snail's pace at times if you head to Sequoia National Park this summer.

Surprise Tour Bus Inspections at Yosemite Yield Disturbing Results

A surprise inspection of commercial tour buses at Yosemite National Park turned up numerous safety concerns. Over half the buses inspected were cited for violations and two were immediately removed from service.

Jon Jarvis Nomination As Next Director of National Park Service Imminent

Multiple sources say the nomination of Jon Jarvis as the next director of the National Park Service will be announced in the very near future.

Cyclist in Yosemite National Park Dies in Collision With Auto

A cyclist in Yosemite National Park died recently when he collided with an automobile on Southside Drive.

Is the National Park Service Wise to Be Promoting The Use of Segways?

In a unit of the National Park System that preserves one of the "last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast" along with 6,000 years of human history, should the National Park Service be promoting the use of Segways to explore the park?

Trail Jogger at Glacier National Park Walks Away from Encounter With Two Grizzlies

A trail runner in Glacier National Park has survived an encounter with two young grizzly bears, although he's got some bite marks to show for it.

NPCA Report: National Parks Provide Economic Security for Surrounding Communities

National parks can, and do, provide an economic lifeline to their surrounding communities. In its latest report, the National Parks Conservation Association points out just how valuable southeastern Utah's parks are to their nearby communities.

Yellowstone National Park's Spring Visitation Up 11 Percent

While Interior Secretary Ken Salazar allowing free entry to national parks for three weekends this summer to boost visitation, it seems many park travelers already are heading back to the national parks, at least in the case of Yellowstone National Park.

National Park Lodging Concessionaires Creating Their Own Stimulus Plans

In this summer of economic discontent, businesses that operate lodgings in the National Park System are coming up with their own strategies for luring visitors.

Updated: Coal Mine Proposed North Of Glacier National Park Strains US-Canadian Relations

The longstanding relations between the United States and Canada are being strained a bit by a proposal to mine for coal in a biologically diverse region of British Columbia that just happens to be upstream of Glacier National Park.
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Glacier National Park Officials Want to Eliminate Lake Trout From Quartz Lake

It seems non-native species are reaching all ends of the National Park System. In Glacier National Park, non-native lake trout have made it all the way into Quartz Lake, and officials are not happy about that.

House Approves Measure to Direct North Cascades National Park to Stock Barren Lakes. What Do You Think?

Should North Cascades National Park be forced to stock non-native fish in high-country lakes that normally would be barren? Apparently the U.S. House of Representatives thinks so. Do you?

Land Trust Hopes To Add Nearly 1,000 Acres to Joshua Tree National Park`

Joshua Tree National Park, which grew by more than 600 acres in 2008 thanks to the Mojave Desert Land Trust, could gain nearly 1,000 more acres thanks to the group's efforts.

Interior Secretary Plans Free Weekend Entry to National Parks to Boost Tourism

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says national parks that charge entrance fees will waive those fees for three weekends this summer in a bid to boost tourism. Wouldn't it be nice if the fees were waived for the entire summer!

Cape Lookout National Seashore To Mark 150th Anniversary of Lighthouse This Fall

It could be argued that the two most important jobs along the Eastern seaboard during the 19th century were that of lighthouse keeper and life-saver. The former worked hard to warn ships off shoals, while the latter worked to save those who ships foundered.

How Low Is the Bar For National Park System Inclusion When You Add a Gas Station?

Is this how low the bar has dropped for inclusion into the National Park System? Is it really so low that a gas station once owned by the beer-swilling brother of President Jimmy Carter should be managed as a national historical park by the National Park Service?

22 National Recreation Trails Created. How Many Are In Your Backyard?

The National Trails System has grown by 525 miles thanks to the recent designation of 22 National Recreation Trails by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The trails, which range from boardwalks through coastal forests to corridors along rivers, can be found in 13 states.

Rangers Narrow Search Area in Grand Canyon National Park For Missing Hiker

The search for a missing hiker in Grand Canyon National Park has been narrowed down to an area in Hermit Basin, which is located west of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim.

Bison Hazing Operations Inside Yellowstone National Park Fuel Controversy

Bison hazing operations inside Yellowstone National Park are using low-flying helicopters to force calves and adults to ford high-flowing rivers, at times leading to injuries. Park officials say it's business as usual.

Video, Photographs Show Signs That Fishers Are Reproducing In Olympic National Park

They're small, they're furry, and they're evidence that a predator long missing from the backcountry of Olympic National Park just might have a chance of regaining a permanent footing.

Search Under Way For Missing Hiker At Grand Canyon National Park

A search is under way in Grand Canyon National Park for a 69-year-old man who is overdue from a hike in the canyon.

Hazing Efforts Lead to Death of Black Bear in Glacier National Park

Efforts to convince a black bear in Glacier National Park that it shouldn't hang out around people have led to the bear's death, according to park officials.

Ride the Rails to Yosemite National Park

Train travel is a throwback back to a more romantic era in the United States, a form of transportation that often was the easiest way to traverse long distances. Today, with rising gas prices, it can also be an affordable way to travel to some national parks.

Update: Sec. Salazar Pledges Support to Restore The Everglades

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday promised the administration's support in moving forward the restoration of the Florida Everglades, a massive project that would greatly benefit Everglades National Park.

Fall At Haleakala National Park Kills Man And The Horse He Was Riding

An investigation is under way into the deaths of a man and horse that fell off a cliff inside the crater at Haleakala National Park.

Mud Snares 19-Year-Old At Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Caution: Lakes that have been emptied for repair work can harbor deep pits of mud. A 19-year-old discovered that the hard way when she became mired up to her waist at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
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