Parks in the News

Abandoned Ship Beaches At Katmai National Park, Possibly Leaking Fuel

Salvage teams hoped to get a chance this weekend to work on recovering a capsized vessel that came aground at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, where an oil sheen was seen drifting away from the wreck.

Rangers File Charges In Graffiti Vandalism At Gateway National Recreation Area

Spray-painted graffiti is becoming an increasing problem in parks around the country, so it was encouraging to learn about a successful investigation of one such incident at Gateway National Recreation Area. This case involved graffiti on top of a historic gun battery structure at the park, and nice work by a ranger has resulted in charges against the individuals responsible.

Fees For Backcountry Travelers Kicking In At Yellowstone National Park

If you're planning a backpacking trip in Yellowstone National Park, it's going to cost you a little bit more. This month the park's new fee for backcountry travel is taking effect.

Moose Population In Voyageurs National Park Holding Steady

Steady is a good thing at Voyageurs National Park, where the resident moose population is holding constant with estimates from the past five years, according to wildlife biologists.

Petition Urges Interior Secretary To Intervene Over Killings Of Denali National Park Wolves

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being urged by more than 100,000 petitioners to intervene to halt the killings of wolves that wander out of Denali National Park in Alaska.

National Park Service Taking Public Input On How To Manage Valles Caldera National Preserve

The Intermountain Region of the National Park Service has scheduled three public listening sessions in northern New Mexico next week to discuss the transition in management of Valles Caldera National Preserve from the Valles Caldera Trust to the NPS.

Centennial Challenge Funding Will Help Move Two Yellowstone Projects Forward

A mix of federal and private funding will help move two significant projects forward at Yellowstone National Park, including one that will help improve native cutthroat trout fisheries.

Girl Scouts Getting More Involved With National Parks

A massive gathering of Girl Scouts at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California was the first step in a national movement to get the girls better connected with the National Park System.

Cape Cod National Seashore Fees Going Up This Year

It's going to cost you a little bit more this summer to enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Glacier National Park Officials Working To Craft Going-To-The-Sun Road Plan To Ease Congestion

Traffic jams. No parking. Trail crowds. These are three of the top issues along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor that Glacier National Park officials hope to solve through their corridor management plan now in development.

Campfire Restrictions Coming To Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks

A record low snowpack and a drought that's run four years are prompting Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks to implement campfire restrictions later this month as fire danger currently is at levels not normally seen in June, according to park officials.

Critics Say Legislation Penned In The Name Of Homeland Security Could Trample National Parks, Other Federal Lands

Legislation written with the intent of bolstering homeland security wouldn't succeed at that, but could trample national park lands and other federal acreage, according to critics.

Op-Ed| Addressing The Backlog With New Backbone: History And The National Park Service Centennial

The National Park Service reminds me of a proud old ship sailing confidently across the North Atlantic. The captain is beaming and the passengers seem contented, at least, those traveling first class on the upper decks. It’s below decks that the problems lurk. The crew is perhaps too easy going, believing the ship will always reach New York. However, the engines are old, the iron plating is thin, and the rivets are working loose.

Savings On Zion Maps, National Park Posters Await Traveler Members

Looking to save a few bucks? Purchase a Traveler membership and you'll save on river trips, books, lodging, and now on a map to Zion National Park and national park posters. The memberships, at $9.95 for a year, help you save some money, and help you contribute to the upkeep of the Traveler.

Restoration Work Begins Today On Alum Cave Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Barring unforeseen circumstances, a two-year project to restore the trail to Alum Cave at Great Smoky Mountains National Park begins today.

Planning A Family Trip To Denali National Park? This Guidebook Is For You!

While national parks often seem extremely user-friendly, having a guide to help figure out what to do and where to go is always helpful. And if you have a young family, a new guide can help you get more out of a trip to Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day By Birding At Grand Teton National Park

As the calendar falls deeper and deeper into spring, more and more birds are passing through the National Park System. And on May 9, in honor of Migratory Bird Day, you can bird with a ranger at Grand Teton National Park.

Camping Is Free For The Summer At Biscayne National Park, Then Expect A Fee Increase

You now can camp at Biscayne National Park in Florida without worrying about a fee, but come October the rate will jump to $25 per night.

Las Vegas Man Identified As Victim Of Fall At Grand Canyon National Park

A Las Vegas man was identified Friday as the victim of a roughly 400-foot fall off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Half Dome Opens Saturday For Hikers At Yosemite National Park

The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place this Saturday, May 2 and available for hikers. This opening date is three weeks earlier than previously scheduled due to the low snowpack.

Provocative Bud Light Campaign Doesn't Concern National Park Service, National Park Foundation

A risqué Bud Light campaign that critics said encouraged a culture of rape is not prompting the National Park Service or National Park Foundation to reconsider their centennial partnership with Anheuser-Busch.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Opens Friday In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is scheduled to open at noon today. The road has been closed since November 1st, so that crews could replace eight bridges.

High Cost Of Replacing Grand Canyon Water Line -- $100-$150 Million -- Means It's Done Piecemeal

Trying to lay a water line down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon is not easy, and not inexpensive, and that's why it's being done piecemeal.

America's Oldest National Military Park Is Also Home To An Unusual Civil War Monument

Our National Park System contains thousands of monuments commemorating people or events connected to the Civil War, but one of those memorials has an unusual reconciliation theme. It's located in the country's oldest national military park, which is also said by some to be the site of one of "the most noted battles of the modern world." Can you name this unit of the National Park System?

Gift Of More Than $5 Million Will Restore Iwo Jima Marine Corps Statue

A frequent donor to the national parks has given more than $5 million to pay for restoration of the iconic Iwo Jima sculpture at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial across the Potomac River from the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

More Than $2.5 Million In Grants Will Help Tell America's Maritime History

Maritime history will gain some prominence thanks to the award of approximately $2.6 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

Drone Pilot At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Tasered By Law Enforcement Officer

Roughly once a week, sometimes more often, a drone pilot uses the airshed of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to launch his hobby, only to be told it's not permitted. While most say OK and go away, a law enforcement ranger used his taser the other day to subdue one pilot who tried to flee into the night.

Lava Lake Rising At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Both Yellowstone National Park and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park contain magma. The difference is that at Hawai'i Volcanoes, you can see the molten rock burbling in a lake.

Forest Service Opens Scoping Period For Development On South Rim Of Grand Canyon

A project that could see more than 2,000 housing units and several million square feet of commercial space reach to within a half-mile or so of Grand Canyon National Park could also impact groundwater flows that feed the canyon's springs and hanging gardens, according to conservation groups working to raise public opposition to the project.

National Park Service Waived Policy To Allow Budweiser's Centennial Partnership

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis waived agency policies against partnering with alcoholic beverage companies so the National Park Foundation could sign a multi-million-dollar agreement with Anheuser-Busch, a deal that provides Budweiser with valuable branding placements during the Park Service's centennial campaign.
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