Parks in the News

Surveying Of Seabed Off Fire Island National Seashore Under Way

Despite appearances, war games are not being held at Fire Island National Seashore this summer. Rather, the amphibious vehicle plying the waters around the Seashore is surveying the seabed and coastline.

Redwood National Park Officials Working On Management Plan For Second-Growth Forest

Fifty years ago a section of forest in the Middle Fork of Lost Man Creek in Redwood National Park was logged. Now the National Park Service is drawing up a plan for managing that acreage and seeks your input.

Falling Tree Kills Yellowstone National Park Visitor

A 36-year-old Taiwanese visitor to Yellowstone National Park who apparently was aiming for a better camera angle of Grand Prismatic Spring was killed when a tree fell on top of him.

Ruby's Inn: Western Hospitality On The Doorstep Of Bryce Canyon National Park

It sounds counterintuitive to head to the Utah desert this summer to cool off. But Utah is an enigma: it is desert, canyons, and high mountains in one trip. You find groves of Ponderosa pines and wildflower meadows in abundance in Bryce Canyon National Park. The days are warm, the nights are chilly. The view of the desert is astounding, and at night visibility is measured in light-years.

Bid In Congress To Have Ozark National Scenic Riverways Given To State Of Missouri

Is Congress in the mood to return units of the National Park System back to the states in which they are located? An initial indication could come Tuesday, when a U.S. House of Representatives Committee considers legislation that calls for Ozark National Scenic Riverways to be given to the state of Missouri.

Good News For Boaters: Lake Powell Rising Due To Melting Snowpack Upstream

Recent years haven't been kind to boaters at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, with lowering water levels in Lake Powell hampering use of boat ramps and increasing hazards to navigation. Now, thanks to higher-than-expected runoff from last winter's snows, lake levels are rising to levels not seen since November 2012.

National Park Service To Look At American History Of Lesbians, Gays, Transgenders, And Bi-Sexuals

The role that lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals, and transgender individuals played in the history of the United States is to be explored by the National Park Service, which will launch the effort Tuesday with a panel discussion involving Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and the U.S. ambassador to Australia along with LGBT scholars and historians.

Contribute To A Social Media Study In The National Parks

What role does "social media" have in the national parks? How is social media used in the parks? You can help answer these questions by participating in a study of social media uses this summer in Yellowstone National Park.

Schaus Swallowtail Butterflies Released Into Biscayne National Park

The rapidity with which butterflies can reproduce has played a huge role in the ongoing recovery of endangered Schaus swallowtail butterflies at Biscayne National Park in Florida, where the species once thought to be teetering on the lip of extinction has grown by more than 1,000 individuals.

Akamina Parkway In Waterton Lakes National Park Is Now Open

The Akamina Parkway, a 9-mile-long scenic route that leads to Cameron Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, has been reopened to traffic following a construction project.

Stretch Of White Rim Road In Canyonlands National Park To Be Closed In July

If you're planning to mountain bike the White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park in July, know that a short stretch of the road will be closed for a few days to all travelers.

Twenty-One Trails, 452 Miles, Added To National Trails System

With National Trails Day coming Saturday, 21 trails and 452 miles have been added to the National Trails System.

Mountain Goat Studies Continuing At Glacier National Park

Stylish collars and perhaps a splash of paint will mark some mountain goats this summer at Glacier National Park in Montana, where an ongoing study of the animals is moving into its second year.

Rally At Yellowstone National Park Aims To Boost Public Support For Wolves In The Wild

A rally to raise public awareness about wolves in and around Yellowstone National Park is scheduled for late June near the north entrance to the park at Gardiner, Montana.

Comfort Station Doors And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Throughout the National Park System, and other public lands across the nation, arguably the most popular facilities are also the most utilitarian: comfort stations. They come in a variety of styles, from modern to rustic, but one good rule applies to them all—please keep the outside door closed. Failing to do so can lead to some classic examples of the Law of Unintended Consequences.

California Condor Pair Thought To Have Hatched A Chick In Zion National Park

In what would be a milestone for the California condor recovery program, biologists believe a pair of the large birds has hatched a chick high in the cliffs of Zion National Park.

Watching Wildlife At Grand Teton National Park, The Video

Living with wildlife challenges all of us. When you visit Grand Teton National Park on vacation, encountering wildlife in their own environment is thrilling and potentially dangerous. The following video produced by the park will help you learn where to spot wildlife and how to stay safe while doing so.

Moose Population Remains Fairly Stable At Voyageurs National Park

The moose population at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota seems to be holding its own, according to a recent survey conducted by park biologists. While the herd isn't growning, moose mortality rates in Voyageurs are about half of that found elsewhere in northeastern Minnesota, officials say.

Tips For Dealing With Crowds At Yosemite National Park This Summer

Yosemite National Park, one of the most-visited parks in the system, likely will be even busier this year as attention is drawn to the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant that set aside the landscape for protection and which was a prelude to the idea of creating "national parks." As a result, park officials have some tips you might consider for avoiding the crowds as much as possible when you visit Yosemite.

Deer Culling At Valley Forge National Historical Park Leads To Better Forest Growth

Dogwood. Black Gum. Sassafras. These are just some of the native species seedlings that have been spotted in the forests of Valley Forge National Historical Park, where a significant reduction in the white-tailed deer herds has allowed these trees to recover from overbrowsing.

Road Closure Coming To Section Of North Cascades National Park This Fall

Work to make substantial repairs to the Cascades River Road will shut off access to the Boston Basin and Cascade Pass areas of North Cascades National Park in Washington state this fall.

Celebrate National Trails Day With A Hike In Your Favorite National Park

Not that you need an excuse to visit your favorite national park, but there's a perfect one this Saturday: National Trails Day!

Nesting Loons Lead To Rum Island Closure At Acadia National Park

Rum Island on Long Pond in Acadia National Park in Maine will be closed to the public through mid-July so you won't ruffle the feathers of loons that nest there.

World Ocean Day Programs Scheduled At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

What role do oceans play in our daily lives? How will we rely on them in years to come? These are just some of the questions that are prompted by World Oceans Day, which was first recognized in 2008 and which will be marked this coming Saturday. At Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, rangers will be exploring some of those questions.

Roadwork Will Slow Summer Travel Through Yellowstone National Park

Roadwork will slow your travels through Yellowstone National Park this summer, with various bridge and pavement widening projects on tap in the park.

Six Climbers Feared Dead In Accident At Mount Rainier National Park

Six climbers are feared dead from a fall of more than 3,000 feet at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington, where they were on a route that took them along one of the more technical approaches to the summit.

Construction To Close Devils Garden Loop Road, Trailhead At Arches National Park In June

A project to improve parking and traffic flow will close the Devils Garden Loop Road and traihead at Arches National Park for 11 days in June.

Climate Change Poses Risks Of Flooding, Erosion, And Fires To National Park Units And Their Treasures

Treasures of history, culture, and natural beauty contained within the National Park System are increasingly at risk to the perils of climate change, with flooding and wildfire likely to sweep numerous park sites across the country, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Camping In Sequoia National Park, Circa 1912

With the camping season upon us, be sure you pack accordingly. And if you're heading to Sequoia National Park, that means "for marching purposes, the sleeping bag will give better service on account of its compactness. ... For camping out, a mess kit, frying pan, coffee pot, dutch oven, or baking reflector is absolutely necessary." At least that's what the Interior Department recommended in 1912 in its booklet for "Sequoia and General Grant National Parks."

Canadian Stranded On Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park Rescued

A young Canadian climber who found himself stuck in a precarious perch on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park was safely rescued by rangers.
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