Parks in the News

Grand Canyon National Park's Concessions Issue Impacting National Parks Nationwide

A problem roughly a century in the making that left Grand Canyon National Park in a nearly $200 million hole is impacting parks from coast to coast, with superintendents forced to find programs and projects they can postpone, cutback, or simply cut.

Shenandoah National Park Trust Funds Research Fellowships At Shenandoah National Park

Funding provided by the Shenandoah National Park Trust is enabling Shenandoah National Park officials to offer a research fellowship program designed to facilitate and encourage scientific research in the park.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Sues National Park Service Over Grand Canyon Contracts

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, which operates lodges and restaurants in some of the most iconic national parks in the system, on Wednesday announced it was suing the National Park Service over its handling of concessions contracts on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Air Tanker Pilot Killed In Crash While Fighting Wildfire In Yosemite National Park

An air tanker pilot involved in fighting a wildfire in Yosemite National Park was killed when his plane crashed just outside the park. The fire, last reported to cover 150 acres, has led to the shut off of power to the Yosemite Valley and evacuation of Foresta residents.

Fourteen Properties In Yosemite National Park Added To National Register Of Historic Places

Yosemite National Park's High Sierra Camps and its historic Wilderness cabins have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, which brings to 40 the number of sites in the park on the list.

Summer 2015 Seasonal Jobs To Consider At Cape Lookout National Seashore

2015 is months away, but that doesn't mean you can start your job search for next summer. Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina will soon announce its seasonal jobs that you can apply for.

Programs At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Range From Studying Volcanism To Panoramic Hikes

A healthy series of interpretive programs is scheduled at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park now through December.

Bryce Canyon National Park Decides Against Guides For Private Equestrians

Public opposition has led Bryce Canyon National Park officials to drop their proposal to require all private horse groups to hire a guide to ride in the park. Instead, rangers will provide more information to private groups on safety procedures, specifically on areas requiring one-way traffic.

UPDATED: National Park Service Reaches Tentative Agreement With Drakes Bay Oyster Company

A tentative agreement has been reached by the National Park Service and the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. that would bring commercial shellfishing to an end in Drakes Estero at Point Reyes National Seashore by year's end.

UPDATED: Court Upholds National Park Service Decision To Put Recreation Above Preservation

A ruling on off-road vehicle access at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida supports the park's expansion of ORV routes in lands eligible for wilderness designation and that serve as habitat for endangered and threatened species is seen by some as chipping away at the longstanding mandate that the National Park Service prioritize preservation over recreation.
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Another Down Year For Razor Clams At Olympic National Park

For the fourth year in a row there will be no public razor clam harvest at Kalaloch in Olympic National Park in Washington state due to declining populations of the shellfish.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Close For Bridge Repairs

One of the most idyllic drives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, but if you don't venture down that road soon you'll miss your chance until late next Spring as work is scheduled to replace eight bridges along the 5.5-mile one-way road.

Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Kept Busy With Medical Emergencies

Many of us are awestruck by the beauty and grandeur of Grand Canyon National Park, but enjoying that landscape comes with the caveat that it can be a dangerous place if you're not careful or simply unlucky. A recent day in the life of Grand Canyon rangers drives that message home.

Fall Means Facilities Starting To Shutter For The Winter At Shenandoah National Park

As fall colors begin to sweep down the Eastern seaboard, units of the National Park System are beginning to move to their winter hours. At Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, many facilities will begin closing in late October with many more shutting down for the winter by the end of November.

Fire Destroys Three Administrative Buildings At Flight 93 National Memorial

A fire Friday afternoon raged through the headquarters complex of Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania and destroyed three buildings before the flames could be put out. None of the staff or volunteers at the national memorial were injured, but officials fear some of the archival and curatorial collections, including the flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on September 11, might have been destroyed.

Third Drone Pilot Pleads Guilty To Flying Craft In Yellowstone National Park

For the third time in the past month, an owner of an unmanned drone has pled guilty to flying it in Yellowstone National Park, this time over crowds in the Midway Geyser Basin and close to bison.

Poetry Inspired By The Wilderness At Fire Island National Seashore

Join three teen poets from New York City on an adventure to the wilderness of Fire Island National Seashore. Here, these young city dwellers discover a natural sanctuary sheltered from the fast paced frenzy of urban life. And it's only a train ride away! As Ramya, Gabe and Sergio explore this coastal wilderness with spoken word poetry, each begins to form a deeper understanding of the personal relationship he/she has to the natural world.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Has Two Lighthouses You Can Climb To Watch The Full Moon

Add Cape Hatteras National Seashore to the parks planning to take advantage of next week's full moon. If all goes well, you can climb either the Cape Hattteras or Bodie Island lighthouses on Wednesday.

Learn How To Help Stunned Sea Turtles At Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is home to one of the largest nestings of rare Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. And it also sees a number of other turtle species throughout the year, as well. And sometimes, when those turtles show up in the winter months, cold snaps can stun them. You can learn how to deal with a stunned turtle by attending a park lecture later this month.

Enjoy Columbus Day Weekend At Biscayne National Park....Safely

It's just about time for the Columbus Day Weekend to roll around, and at Biscayne National Park in Florida officials are urging visitors who arrive that weekend by boat in particular to enjoy it safely.

18 Acres To Be Burned At Valley Forge National Historical Park

Eighteen acres of meadow will be burned at Valley Forge National Historical Park in the coming weeks as officials see if fire can successfully be used to combat invasive plant species.

Snowplows Trying To Keep Trail Ridge Road Open At Rocky Mountain National Park

Fall is little more than a week old, yet winter has made an impressive appearance in Rocky Mountain National Park, where snowplows were busy Wednesday trying to keep Trail Ridge Road open for at least one more weekend.

Additional Moonlight Tours Added To Cape Lookout Lighthouse

With the full moon coming in little more than a week, officials at Cape Lookout National Seashore are taking reservations for moonlight tours of Cape Lookout Light scheduled for October 9, 10, and 11.

Visit Tumacácori National Historical Park For A Full Moon Photo Workshop

The historic mission grounds at Tumacácori National Historical Park will be open under the light of a full moon on the evening of Wednesday, October 8. The park will be open as usual from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., reopening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for visitors to enjoy the evening on the peaceful mission grounds.

Hike To The Point Bonita Lighthouse At Golden Gate National Recreation Area

You can mix an invigorating walk along the Pacific Coast with some history by joining a hike October 4 to the Point Bonita Lighthouse at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California.

Captive-Breeding Program Suggested For Endangered Pup Fish At Death Valley National Park

With a small, isolated population of pupfish at Death Valley National Park facing a 30 percent chance of going extinct by 2034, a University of California scientist is suggesting a more aggressive captive-breeding program for the fish.

Yosemite National Park's Bear Problems Greatly Reduced

Yosemite National Park long has had a history of problems between visitors and the park's black bears, but those appear to be a thing of the past. Since 1998, officials note, bear incidents that have generated personal property damage have dropped by 95 percent.

Big Cypress National Preserve To Limit Secondary Off-Road Travel Indefinitely

Environmental organizations are claiming a victory over a settlement that will indefinitely close some off-road vehicle trails in Big Cypress National Preserve until officials can complete their Backcountry Access plan.

UPDATED: Hiker In The Narrows At Zion National Park Apparent Drowning Victim

One of the most iconic hikes in the National Park System, one that also potentially is one of the deadliest, has claimed another victim. Heavy rains that have been pounding southern Utah for days swelled the Virgin River that flows through the Narrows at Zion National Park well above flood stage and claimed the life of a 34-year-old man.

For First Time In 11 Years, All Of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Is Open To Visitors

There's an oasis at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, one where birds and wildlife are drawn for a drink and where prehistory is measured. It's one where, until just recently, the public was largely prevented from traveling due to dangers created by illegal border crossings.
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