Parks in the News

Summer Jobs, Some Paid, Some Volunteer, Abound For Kids In National Parks

A great way to get your son or daughter into the outdoors this summer, and possibly have them earn some money at the same time, is to have them apply for one of many jobs that exist for teens across the National Park System.

Arches National Park Searching For Solution To Parking Problems At Delicate Arch Trailhead

If you've ever tried to find a parking spot at the Delicate Arch Trailhead in Arches National Park, you know there's not enough space to meet demand. But how should the national park address the problem?

Gettysburg Park Advisory Commission To Meet In April

Gettysburg National Military Park’s Advisory Commission will meet in early April to provide an update on the Museum and Visitor Center, battlefield landscape rehabilitation, the development of a park fire management plan, and other park projects and to provide a citizens' open forum.

Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee Wants Your Thoughts

The agencies entrusted with managing federal lands within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are asking the public to help them determine which ecosystem issues should be the focus in the future.

C&O Canal Trust, C&O Canal National Historical Park Receive ACHP Chairman’s Award For Canal Quarters Program

Canal Quarters, an innovative program that preserves and provides public use of historic lockkeepers’ houses along the 184.5-mile Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, has received the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation.

Annual Bison Reduction At Yellowstone National Park Ends With 600 Hunted, Culled

The annual reduction of bison from Yellowstone National Park has ended, with an estimated 600 of the iconic animals removed from the park's herds via hunting or culling.

National Park Service Proposing Hunting Restrictions In Alaskan Units

The National Park Service, responding to the state of Alaska's liberalized hunting seasons for predators, is proposing to shorten the hunting seasons in some of its units in the state.

Rare Killer Whale Skeleton From Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve Goes On Public Display

In the summer of 2005 a killer whale calf was found dead in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and the discovery led to an unusual opportunity. Very few complete killer whale skeletons are known to be on display anywhere in the country, and now, after an impressive cooperative effort, the articulated skeleton has gone on public display near the park.

Ramsay Cascades Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Temporarily Closed

Storm damage to a footbridge that crosses Ramsey Prong in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will force closure of the Ramsey Cascades Trail into late April.

Snowpack Points To Bodacious White-Water Rafting Season In Southwestern National Parks

With March typically one of the snowier months of the year in the Rocky Mountains, the coming summer float season on rivers through Dinosaur National Monument, Canyonlands National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park will be something to rave about.

More Than 400 Stream Miles In Grand Teton, Yellowstone Added To Wild And Scenic River System

One of the West's great rivers is the Snake, which forms in Yellowstone National Park and flows on through Grand Teton National Park. While it's reputation is known, now more than 400 miles of the tributaries that feed the Snake's headwaters are being protected as part of the national wild and scenic river system.

Grizzly Bears Stirring In Yellowstone National Park

Spring can't be far off, as grizzly bears are starting to stir in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, a development that hikers, skiers, and snowshoers should take note of.

Railroad Receives Permission To Do Avalanche Control At Glacier National Park

That booming sound you hear near the southern boundary of Glacier National Park could be from explosives used to do avalanche control above the tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks.

Wildfire In Shenandoah Caused By Illegal Campfire

A wildfire that flared up in Shenandoah National Park was caused by an illegal campfire that wasn't doused, park officials say.

Authorities Looking For Who Stole Historic Glass Window From Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Wanted: A very meticulous thief who managed to take a 4-foot-by-1-foot window from a historic cabin in the Elkmont Historic District in Great Smoky Mountains National Park without breaking a pane.

Burl Thieves Prompt Nighttime Road Closure At Redwood National And State Parks

National parks face plenty of challenges from crooks determined to steal everything from cacti at Saguaro National Park to ginseng from the Blue Ridge Parkway, but a growing problem at Redwood National and State Parks takes plant thievery to a whole new level. Poaching of burls from redwood trees is destroying the huge trees, and had led to the nighttime closure of a road in the park

Voyageurs National Park Receives $150,000 Grant From Key Partner Organization

The importance of partner organizations to National Park Service areas becomes increasingly important every year in the face of ongoing budget challenges, and Voyageurs National Park offers an excellent example of such support. The Voyageurs National Park Association has announced a three year Landmark Grant that totals $150,000 in assistance for a variety of needs.

Congress Passes Wilderness Bill For Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Halfway To Withdrawing Lands Near Glacier National Park From Leasing

With a simple voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation to set aside 32,500 acres of official wilderness at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and to further protect Glacier National Park from oil and gas exploration.

President's FY15 Budget Proposal For National Park Service Requests Slight Increase

President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget contains a slight, $55 million increase for the National Park Service, though that number could swell to more than $650 million if Congress goes along with the president's vision.

The Power Of A 4-Year-Old: Connecting Grand Teton National Park Visitors

A 4-year-old whose love for Grand Teton National Park was instilled in him by visits there with his grandfather has managed to connect a stream of park visitors through a journal he left in a bear box donated in his name.

National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity

How far the national parks have come, from being described in the 19th century as unproductive wastelands to get congressional approval to now being described as economic engines that are behind nearly $27 billion in business.

More Than Half Of Canada's National Park Infrastructure In Poor Condition

An analysis of infrastructure across Canada's national park system says nearly 50 percent of the structures -- including roads, dams, and historic buildings -- are in poor condition.

Watering The Parks: Filling Stations At Biscayne National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Plastic water bottles are taking a hit at Biscayne National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where water filling stations have been installed with a goal of reducing plastic waste.

Mammoth Cave National Park Campgrounds Set To Open

Park campgrounds and picnic areas in Mammoth Cave National Park are beginning to open for the season.

Yosemite National Park's Restored Cemetery Preserves Ties To The Park's Rich History

Any cemetery contains links to our past, but one located in Yosemite National Park is especially rich in its connections to the early history of Yosemite. On March 3 a ceremony will celebrate three events: a restoration project for the old cemetery, and the birthdays of both a man and an event closely linked to the story of the park.

Via A Wayward Wolf, Connections Strengthened Between Isle Royale And Grand Portage

Recently, a wolf left Isle Royale National Park for the mainland via an ice bridge across Lake Superior. It later was found dead in Grand Portage National Monument. What follows is a story about the connections between Isle Royale and Grand Portage.

Rocks Mountain Fire At Shenandoah National Park Spreads To More Than 100 Acres

The Rocks Mountain Fire in Shenandoah National Park had spread to more than 100 acres Saturday, and nearly 60 firefighters were working the wildfire.

Repairs To Ocracoke Facilities Under Way At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Work finally is under way to repair damage Hurricane Sandy inflicted on the National Park Service facilties at Ocracoke in Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Alaska Fish And Game Employees Kill Entire Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve Wolf Pack

Alaska Fish and Game Department employees, who in the past have gunned down wolves that roam outside of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, have wiped out an entire pack that has claimed the preserve as part of its territory.

Wildfire Closes Trails In Shenandoah National Park

A wildfire estimated to cover about 70 acres was reported in the South District of Shenandoah National Park on Friday and forced the closure of hiking trails in the immediate area. The Skyline Drive, however, remained open, park officials said.
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