Parks in the News

Body Of Hiker Missing In Olympic National Park Found

The body of a Washington man who went missing in Olympic National Park just before Christmas has been found and recovered.

Part Of Inner Gorge Of Grand Canyon National Park To Become "Construction Zone" For Several Months

Hikers, and even river runners, could run into a construction zone on the floor of Grand Canyon National Park during the coming months as work is performed to replace a section of the Trans-Canyon Pipeline that brings water to the park.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways GMP Raises Questions Of Political Pressures

A much-awaited General Management Plan for Ozark National Scenic Riverways, one that in its draft stages drew calls for the park to be given to the state of Missouri, reflects political pressures, not the best environmental protections for the Riverways, according to one observer.

Assateague Island National Seashore Turning 50 This Year

Add Assateague Island National Seashore to your list of birthday cards to send out. The seashore, which sprawls across parts of Maryland and Virginia, turns 50 in September.

President Obama Proposing Wilderness, Wild And Scenic River Designations For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

President Obama, in a move certain to generate controversy, is pushing for the country's largest wilderness designation to be bestowed on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Additionally, the Democrat wants four rivers -- the Atigun, Hulahula, Kongakut, and Marsh Fork Canning -- to be added to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Multiple Wildfires Plus Rescue Test The Staff And Cooperators At Buffalo National River

The past week was an especially busy one for park staff and cooperating agencies at Buffalo National River. Dry winter weather set the stage for four responses to wildfires, including multiple fires on the same day, and just to keep life interesting, those incidents overlapped with a call for help when a rider was injured after a fall from a mule on a backcountry trail.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Mapping Streams

Did you know, or have any idea, that Great Smoky Mountains National Park, that rumpled stretch of Appalachia, contains nearly 3,000 miles of streams?

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Featuring Stories Of The Elders

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Oklahoma will be featuring programs tied to Stories of the Elders during the month of February.

No Bones, Bullets, Or Bodies Connected With 132-Year-Old Winchester Found At Great Basin National Park

No bones, bullets, or bodies have been connected with that century-old Winchester rifle found propped against a gnarled juniper in the backcountry of Great Basin National Park, but park staff are not finished with investigating the circumstances around how the rifle got there.

Peregrine Falcon Closures Coming To Big Bend National Park

Some portions of Big Bend National Park in Texas will be closed in the coming months to give peregrine falcons a little solutide during their nesting season.

20 Years On, Yellowstone National Park's Experiment With Wolves Continues To Evolve

“…A country without wolves isn’t really good country, it's incomplete - it doesn’t have its full spirit,” said Yellowstone National Park biologist Doug Smith during an interview last year with NPR’s Snap Judgement, about wolves, specifically about the life and death of a famous Yellowstone wolf, 832F, or 06.

National Park Service Starting Process To Establish Valles Caldera National Preserve

It won't happen overnight, but the National Park Service is starting the process to integrate Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico into the National Park System.

Do Coastal Brown Bears At Katmai National Park Have A Taste For Clams?

Coastal brown bears can get to be huge animals. With their hankering for salmon, they certainly get a lot of protein to help bulk up. But what about shellfish? Do the bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska relish clams, whether on the half shell or not?

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Looking For Seasonal Employee Housing

Spending the summer months as a seasonal ranger at a national park can be a great experience. Finding housing, well, that's not always so great.

Smoke From Fire Impacts Major Art Collection At Independence National Historical Park

Anyone who has worked in an emergency response job knows that false alarms from fire and security systems are a fact of life, but on Tuesday morning last week, a smoke alarm from a building at Independence National Historical Park proved to be the real deal. Prompt response by firefighters prevented major damage to the historic Second Bank building, but an important collection of artwork received serious smoke impacts.

Comment Period Open For Coral Bay Development Near Virgin Islands National Park

Public comment is being taken by the Army Corps of Engineers on a proposed marina on Coral Bay in the Virgin Islands that could impact Virgin Islands National Park. If the marina is built, according to opponents, it would become one of the largest in the Caribbean and located in "one of the most environmentally sensitive areas of St John."

Can Wolves Alter Rivers In Yellowstone National Park?

While it's certain that wolves are impacting other wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, are the predators also impacting rivers in the park? The folks at Sustainable Man think so, and created the following video to explain their thinking.

Give A Welcome To Traveler's Recent Subscribers

Here at the Traveler we'd like to take a minute to recognize readers who subscribed during the past six months. Each and everty subscription helps us meet the bills incurred with producing 365-day-a-year coverage of the National Park System.

Winter Hasn't Been Cold At Kenai Fjords National Park And Preserve In Alaska

Things are warming up in Alaska, and that's not a good thing. At Kenai Fjords National Park, the average monthly temperature in December was nearly 6 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, the same departure noticed in November. Just one day in December saw temperatures dip below freezing, as measured at the Seward airport.

Desert Lands In Three California Parks Being Protected Through Partnership Efforts

Many national parks include inholdings, privately-owned property which poses a potential threat for development that would be detrimental to surrounding park lands. Unfortunately, Congress often fails to appropriate funds in a timely fashion to purchase these inholdings, even if an owner wants to sell to the NPS. In the case of three California desert parks, a non-profit partner is helping to fill this gap.

Some Costa Rican Politicians Want To Tap Energy Within National Parks

What would you think if the state of Washington cast its eyes on the volcanic furnace room of Mount Rainier National Park to help supply its energy? Or if Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho's lawmakers decided they should tap Yellowstone National Park's geothermal hot spot to generate power?

National Parks Will Be Focus Of 2016 Rose Bowl Parade

The rumors are true. Not only has the National Park Service been eyeing the Rose Bowl Parade as a way to help celebrate its centennial next year, but the agency has persuaded the Tournament of Roses Parade to make "Find Your Adventure" the theme of next year's parade.

Study: Loss Of Colorado River Would Cripple Economies Of Seven States, From Wyoming To California

The prospect of the Colorado River running dry anytime soon is hard to fathom. But if it ever does, it will have a devastating effect on the economies of the seven states that rely on the river's life-giving waters, according to a study prepared by Arizona State University.

How Do You Think The National Park Service Should Celebrate Its Centennial?

How do you think the National Park Service should celebate its centennial? That's a question the staff at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota is asking.

Bison Removal In Yellowstone National Park Draws Protests

Plans by Yellowstone National Park officials to remove roughly 1,000 bison from the park's herds are drawing criticisms and protests from groups that say the slaughter is unnecessary.

Bicycle Rentals Could Be Coming To Mesa Verde National Park

Bicycle rentals might soon be available at Mesa Verde National Park, where officials are seeking a company to rent bikes, strollers, and wheelchairs on Wetherill Mesa.

National Monuments In Arizona Offering Second Pricing Option For Consideration

Public concern over higher entrance fees at three national monuments in Arizona have led National Park Service officials to revisit the issue and come up with another pricing option.

Groups File Intent To Sue Over Grizzly Bear Deaths In Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Approved "takings" of grizzly bears in part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem threaten to undercut recovery of the species, according to groups that plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the matter.

Looking Back At The Rim Fire In Yosemite National Park (Video)

The 2013 Rim Fire was the largest forest fire in California history, and the largest fire in Yosemite history. Burning 400 square miles, the speed and size of the fire was unprecedented. As these unnaturally large fires become more commonplace due to previous fire suppression and climate change, Yosemite National Park is seeing the benefits of carefully allowing smaller, controlled fires on the landscape.

More Charging Stations Popping Up In National Park System For Electric Vehicles

Electric charging stations are beginning to sprout up around the National Park System, making it a bit easier for visitors with electric vehicles to recharge while enjoying the parks.
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