Parks in the News

Half Dome Hikers Evacuated Via Helicopter Due To Wildfire In Yosemite National Park

Nearly 100 hikers who made their way to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park received helicopter rides down to the Yosemite Valley floor due to a wildfire that has spread into the Little Yosemite Valley below the iconic dome.

New Date Tagged To "Great Gallery" At Canyonlands National Park

Just how old is the artwork in the "Great Gallery" of Canyonlands National Park? It's a question that long has dogged archaeologists, and which recently produced a new, much more recent, time period assigned to it.

Glacial Outburst Noted At Kenai Fjords National Park

On Friday, August 15th, Kenai Fjords National Park staff received numerous reports that water from Bear Glacier Lagoon had breached the moraine separating the lagoon from the mouth of Resurrection Bay, also referred to as the Harding Gateway. Subsequent reports indicated that water levels peaked in the lagoon on August 14th and breached the moraine on August 15th.

Star Show Coming To Capitol Reef National Park In Utah

Capitol Reef National Park and the Entrada Institute are partnering later this month for the annual Heritage Starfest. The weekend will be full of special events, guest speakers, stargazing, telescope viewing, storytelling, and more.

Search Underway For Missing Hiker At Olympic National Park

A search is ongoing for a hiker overdue in the backcountry of Olympic National Park in Washington state.

National Park Service Looking To Reduce Illegal Predator Hunting In National Preserves In Alaska

Annual problems with predator hunting in national preserves in Alaska have prompted the National Park Service to propose a permanent federal prohibition against certain hunting practices.

Volunteer Labor At Olympic National Park And Outsourcing Ranger Tours At Cumberland Island National Seashore

National parks, strapped for funding, are turning more to volunteer labor and outsourcing jobs previously conducted by rangers to make ends meet.

Collecting Marine Debris At Everglades And Biscayne National Parks

Earlier this year we shared a video of a garbage cleanup at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Today we have a video of garbage -- marine debris -- collected at national park landscapes in south Florida.

Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Installed For Public Use At Point Reyes National Seashore

Visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore who drive electric vehicles (EV) can now get a literal charge out of their trip by using one of three new EV charging stations recently installed at the park. The chargers, which are operated on a first-come, first-serve basis, were placed in the park at no cost to the National Park Service.

Ancient Dinosaur Fossil Damaged By Thief At Dinosaur National Monument

Someone with a hankering for a prehistoric dinosaur bone, but with poor theft skills, did considerable damage to a fossilized bone on the Fossil Discovery Trail in Dinosaur National Monument. Anyone who provides information as to the thief that leads to their conviction will be rewarded with $750 from the National Park Service.

Cape Lookout National Seashore Extends Comment Period For ORV Management Plan

Off-road vehicle access, one of the most contentious issues in some corners of the National Park System, is the focus of a planning effort at Cape Lookout National Seashore, where officials have extended a comment period on the matter until September 19.

Everglades Foundation Works With National Park Service To Benefit Cape Sable

A grant of nearly $150,000 from the Everglades Foundation will help the National Park Service pay for the cost of an environmental assessment of canals that are harming the ecosystem of Cape Sable.

Far View Lodge At Mesa Verde National Park Extends Season

If you're thinking of visiting Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado yet this year, here's some good news: the park's Far View Lodge has extended its season through October 25.

Scientists Solve The Mystery Of The "Sailing Stones" At Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park has long been the site of a mystery that has intrigued visitors and baffled scientists—the "sailing stones" of Racetrack Playa. The playa is a dry lake, and its surface is marked by a web of "trails" left in the soil by the unexplained movement of hundreds of rocks. Now a team of researchers has solved the puzzle...and the answer involves a very unlikely process in the hottest place in America.

National Park Service Addresses Ticketing Problems At USS Arizona Memorial

A loosely run system for distributing free tour tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial that had "ample opportunities for abuse" is being addressed by National Park Service personnel to ensure walk-up visitors aren't locked out of the tours.

Assessing National Park Wilderness On The 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act

It's been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed The Wilderness Act into law in 1964, but the question remains: Why has so much land within the National Park System not been designated as wilderness?

Mile Marker 63 Rest Area In Big Cypress National Preserve Back In Business

After nearly $9 million worth of improvements, the rest area at Mile Marker 63 along Interestate 75 in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida is back in business.

Of Puffins And Wilderness At Acadia National Park

People love puffins so much that visitors to Acadia National Park often ask rangers where they can see them, even though they are too far from shore to be visible.

Tuolumne Grove Parking Area In Yosemite National Park To Close For Improvements

If you hope to see the Tuolumne Grove of Sequoias in Yosemite National Park this month, you'll need to plan on a weekend visit if you're driving directly there. And after September passes, the parking area at the site will be closed for the rest of the year while improvements are made to it.

Grand Teton National Park Honors Native American Tribes

A tribute to Shoshonean history and culture will take place at the Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park on Wednesday and Thursday.

Buzzing Drones Lead To Tickets In Yellowstone National Park

Just weeks after a visitor crashed a drone into Yellowstone National Park’s largest hot spring, park officials have filed criminal charges against the alleged pilot, and are stepping up their efforts to publicize and enforce a ban on unmanned aerial vehicles in the park.

Hurricane Damage Closes Santa Barbara Island At Channel Islands National Park

Damage from Hurricane Marie has forced the temporarily closure of Santa Barbara Island at Channel Islands National Park off the California coast.

Man Sentenced To 22 Weeks In Jail For Poaching Ginseng From Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A North Carolina man who has been convicted four times for digging ginseng plants in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will spend 22 weeks in jail for his latest conviction.

Four Civil War Battlefields Gain Added Protection Via $500,000 In NPS Grants

Four Civil War battlefields will gain additional protection from damage or destruction by urban and suburban development, thanks to more than $500,000 in grants to states from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The grant projects announced on August 26, 2014, are for the Bentonville (North Carolina), Kelly’s Ford (Virginia), Rappahannock Station (Virginia.) and Shepherdstown (West Virginia) battlefields.

"Ticket To Ride" Grants Helps Provide Transportation For Students To Parks Across The Country

Much has been written in recent years about the disconnect between the current generation of young people and the natural world, along with concerns that national parks are not seen as relevant by Americans from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Both issues aren't helped when field trips to parks and other off-site areas are often among the first casualties of tight school budgets. One solution is being provided by the National Park Foundation's "Ticket to Ride" grant program.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Centennial Celebration Kicks Off On September 3

Rocky Mountain National Park reaches a big milestone in 2015, so the park is kicking off a year-long celebration of its 100th birthday on September 3, 2014. An ambitious agenda featuring a wide variety of activities has been planned through September 2015 for the centennial observance which has a great slogan: "Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder: Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Inspire the Future."

Following The Caribou South Through Gates Of The Arctic National Park And Preserve

It's about time for Alaska's caribou herds to start heading south before winter hits. The folks at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve captured some shots of caribou in the park and put together a short slideshow for your enjoyment.

Old Report Describes Photographer W. H. Jackson's Return To Yellowstone National Park At The Age Of 94

William H. Jackson was a photographer on the now famous Hayden Geological Survey of the Yellowstone region in 1871, and his images are often cited as an important factor in the campaign to have the area established as a national park. In 1938, at the age of 94, W. J. Jackson returned to the park for a visit, and an old report about his trip offers some fascinating insights into the Hayden Survey and how times have changes in the world of photography.

Ten Top Geologic Parks In The National Park System

Geology factors into many units of the National Park System, but there are some parks that rise above all others if you have an interest in the geologic past...and present. What follows is a short list of some of the most geologically fascinating parks in the system, though we're sure you can add others.

Railfest 2014 Coming To Steamtown National Historic Site This Weekend

Train fans looking for their fill of rail history should think about heading to Steamtown National Historic Site in eastern Pennsylvania this coming weekend for Railrest 2014.
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