Parks in the News

Two Tons Of Garbage Removed From Lehman Cave At Great Basin National Park

You wouldn't immediately think caves would be a sink for garbage, but quite a bit of junk collects in Lehman Cave at Great Basin National Park each year. Recently, volunteers hauled more than two tons of garbage out of the cave.

Congressman Would Open More National Parks To Drilling

There are some units of the National Park System that allow oil and gas drilling, but very few. And that's wrong, believes a congressman from Texas.

Videos Offer A Plow Operator's View Of The Challenges Of Spring Road Openings In Parks

Millions of winter-weary residents of the Upper Midwest and Northeast hope they can soon put away their snow shovels for the current season, but in a number of national parks, the job of clearing snow from roads in preparation for the upcoming summer season is just getting underway. It's a mammoth job indeed, and these videos offer some interesting views from the cabs of the plows.

Yellowstone National Park, Montana To Explore New Bison Management Plan

The bison management plan that governs how Yellowstone National Park bison are managed when they leave the park could be revised under a proposal Park Service and Montana officials are exploring.

NPS Director Jarvis: National Parks Are Losing Relevancy With Americans

Recent political skirmishes involving the National Park Service, from calls for some parks to be returned to the states to the U.S. House vote to gut the Antiquities Act, are signs that the national parks are losing relevancy with Americans, believes Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.

Making A Difference Through Hard Work With The Student Conservation Association

I had two job offers the summer before my junior year of high school. I chose the job that came with new boots.

Shenandoah National Park's Whiteoak Canyon Being Added To Old-Growth Forest Network

A slice of Shenandoah National Park, Whiteoak Canyon, soon will be added to the national Old-Growth Forest Network.

Rebranding Logos For National Park Service Centennial Draw Criticisms

Initial returns on the logos being used to promote the National Park Service's centennial in 2016 have been pretty harsh, with one Facebook commenter saying they look "like a bland fish crashing down," and another saying a third-grade student could have done better.

Safety Concerns Prompt Closure Of Crumbling Carnifex Tunnel At Gauley River National Recreation Area

An abandoned railroad tunnel in the Gauley River National Recreation Area offers a real-world example of a dilemma faced by every park manager: how to balance convenience and existing uses with safety and limited dollars. The Carnifex Tunnel receives occasional use by the park staff and the public—mostly local residents—but an inspection by engineers found crumbling ceilings.

House Of Representatives Votes To Gut Antiquities Act

In a narrow vote described as a marker for perhaps "the single darkest day" for the National Park System, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved a measure that would gut the Antiquities Act that numerous presidents have used to set aside lands for the good of the country,

Reader Participation Day: Should Congress Restrict The President's Ability To Use The Antiquities Act To Create National Monuments?

As reported in yesterday's Traveler, a vote may be taken as early as today on a bill that would greatly restrict the power of U. S. Presidents to create new National Monuments via the Antiquities Act of 1906. Does the Act as originally written still serve a useful purpose, or are changes now called for?

Lawsuit Against Backcountry User Fee At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Can Proceed

A lawsuit challenging the backcountry user fee assessed at Great Smoky Mountains National Park can proceed, a federal judge has ruled.
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Washington Monument To Open To Public On May 12

Having endured, and survived, an earthquake, the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to open to the public for the first time in nearly three years on May 12.

Nearly Two Dozen National Parks Ban Sales Of Disposable Plastic Water Bottles

Nearly two dozen units of the National Park System have instituted bans against the sale of disposable water bottles, a move proponents say will greatly reduce trash.

House Of Representatives Asked To Dilute Antiquities Act

Acadia National Park. Grand Canyon National Park. Zion National Park. These parks, and dozens of other units of the National Park System, have been created through presidential decree. On Wednesday, though, the House of Representatives will be asked to approve legislation that would greatly dilute that power for future presidents.

Rebranding Aimed At Building Toward National Park Service Centennial In 2016

A rebranding effort has been launched by the National Park Service to build public enthusiasm toward the agency's centennial in 2016.

Black Oystercatchers Risk Predation When They Leave Their Nests

Incubating eggs in the harsh coastal expanses of Kenai Fjords National Park and Preserve in Alaska is tough business to start with, and with predators on the prowl, it becomes even more difficult to rear a brood.

Zion National Park Records Second Base Jumping Fatality This Year

For the second time this year, a thrill-seeker has died at Zion National Park as the result of a BASE-jumping attempt that went awry.

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Honored For Dark Skies

The million-plus acre Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument that's squeezed between Grand Canyon National Park and the Utah border has drawn kudos for its wonderfully dark night skies.

National Park-Scented Clothing? You Can Do That!

Ahhh, the sweet scent of national parks. You've had the chance to freshen your bathrooms with it, and now you can leave your clothes smelling park fresh!

Spring Plowing To Begin Monday In Grand Teton National Park

Though spring wildflowers are still a couple months off at Grand Teton National Park, work will begin in earnest Monday to open the Teton Park Road for visitors.

Will A Proposed Solar Power Plant Near Mojave National Preserve Defeat Good Planning?

Renewable energy projects can pose a challenge for environmental organizations—they may like the "green" aspects of solar and wind power, but in the wrong location such projects can have big impacts on values such as scenery and wildlife. A proposed solar project near Mojave National Preserve has united opposition by numerous groups, and now the question is whether the developer will succeed in defeating years of good planning for siting major solar projects.

Major Changes In Store For Grand Canyon National Park's Maswik Lodging Area

The recently issued NPS concession prospectus for Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim proposes some major construction in the Maswik lodging area.

Can Olympic National Park's Enchanted Valley Chalet Be Saved?

Olympic National Park officials seem resigned to seeing the historic Enchanted Valley Chalet toppled by time and the meandering main channel of the East Fork Quinault River.

You Can Ride Your Own Horse At Bryce Canyon National Park, But You Have To Hire A Guide

You can bring your own horse to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah's redrock country and ride off into the shimmering sunset, but under a rule change you'll likely have to hire a guide from the concessionaire who offers trail rides.

Monitoring Climate Change Along The Coast Of Olympic National Park

What impact is climate change having on the coastal areas of Olympic National Park? The following 14-minute video takes a look at that question.

Public Education Program Leads To Reduced Bear Incidents In Yosemite National Park

Not too many years ago there was a study that identified the type of vehicles Yosemite National Park's bears liked to break into for a meal. Now a new study says improved efforts to keep bears away from human foods has been a tremendous success in the park.

Vicksburg National Military Park Invites You To Meet "People From The Past" During April 12 Evening Walk

Every Civil War battlefield has plenty of stories to tell, and on the evening of April 12, 2014, Vicksburg National Military Park will give visitors a chance to "meet some of the historical personalities that shaped the story of the struggle for Vicksburg." Reservations are needed for the free candlelight walk along the park tour road.

Three Bison Shot And Killed Inside Yellowstone National Park

Three bison were shot and killed inside Yellowstone National Park within the last week, leading park officials Tuesday to ask the public for help in finding the person or persons responsible.

Should Jessie Benton Fremont Be Remembered With A Mountain In Yosemite National Park?

Naming geographic features can be a touchy thing, and when a call is made to rename one, well, a good debate likely ensues. That's the case with efforts by some to rename Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park.
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