Parks in the News

Plowing Operations Coming To Grand Teton National Park

The plows will be out in Grand Teton National Park on Monday as road crews begin their annual spring plowing of the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge. As plowing operations get under way, recreation on this winter trail will cease for the season.

Cycling Season, Without Visitor Traffic, Under Way In Yellowstone National Park

You'll definitely want to dress in layers, and perhaps use booties to shield your feet, but cycling season, without visitor traffic, is open in Yellowstone National Park.

Voyageurs National Park Turning 40!

Four decades ago, on April 8, 1975, Voyageurs National Park was established as the country's 36th national park. This April, the nation celebrates Voyageurs’ 40th birthday. 2015 also marks the 50th anniversary of Voyageurs’ founding nonprofit partner, Voyageurs National Park Association. Together, the park and its partner will celebrate this anniversary and thank their many visitors, supporters, partners, and volunteers with a full year of special events.

Concessionaires Want To See Improvements In Visitor Services In National Parks

With the National Park Service Centennial little more than a year off, the National Park Hospitality Association is unhappy with the pace of visitor facility and services upgrades across the National Park System.

Take A Peek At Prehistoric Florida And The Calusa Indians Who Called The Lands Of Present-Day Everglades National Park Home

Can you imagine living in southern Florida without the aid of screens, air-conditioning, and bug spray? For thousands of years the Calusa Indians survived in such a setting in the Ten Thousand Islands area of present-day Everglades National Park. Later this month you can learn how they did it.

Springtime At Acadia National Park: It Could Be Cold, Wet, And Frozen

The cold and snowy winter that buried New England in feet of snow could likely leave some calling cards around Acadia National Park for spring visitors, according to park officials.

Wildflower Season In Death Valley National Park: A Mixed Bag

The wildflowers have been going fast and furious this spring at Death Valley National Park -- furious in their colors, fast in the time from bloom to being spent, according to park staff.

Facility Opening Schedule Published For Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With the official spring just a few days away, the schedule of facility openings at Great Smoky Mountains National Park shows busy times coming to the park in the weeks ahead.

Report: House Natural Resources Committee Wants To Transfer Federal Lands To States, Tribes

A move is expected this week to get the House GOP on the record for transferring federal lands to states and tribes in a bid to both eliminate some red ink in the federal budget and to help grow local economies.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Charting A Course For Wildlife Preservation

Trekking over 1,000 miles through dense Florida jungles, coastal waterways, and tropical swamplands, the Florida Wildlife Corridor expedition team are charting a geographic path for wildlife migration and environmental preservation.

Agencies Working To Replace Interagency Bison Management Plan For Yellowstone National Park

For the next three months state and federal agencies will take public ideas how on best to manage bison that leave Yellowstone National Park, the first step in replacing the Interagency Bison Management Plan adopted in 2000.

Opening Roads In Mount Rainier National Park: The Good And The Bad

Well, with spring soon to arrive, there's good news, and not so good news, regarding the opening of roads through Mount Rainier National Park.

National Park Service Sitting On Half-A-Billion Dollars Of Concessions Obligations

Across the National Park System, the National Park Service has an estimated half-a-billion-dollars of obligations owed concessionaires who run lodges, restaurants, and even some activities. It's a sum that, while agency officials say it's manageable, has seemingly stifled concessions competition in some parks and diverted tens of millions of dollars from others to reduce debts.

Time To Paint Cape Lookout National Seashore Lighthouse

Three hurricanes, bright sunshine, and damp salty air can do a number on exterior paint. And seeing as it's been 11 years since the lighthouse at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina has been painted, the decision to repaint it in the coming weeks shouldn't be surprising.

Arches National Park Delays Delicate Arch Parking Lot Project

Work on expanding the parking lot at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in Utah will be delayed several weeks, park officials said in a release.

Great Smoky Mountains Association Donates Nearly $3 Million In 2014 To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Good weather and rebounding visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park combined to produce a strong year for the Great Smoky Mountains Association, which was able to contribute $2.6 million for park projects in 2014.

Exploring The Milky Way Over Grand Canyon National Park

Journey to a place where the Milky Way stretches across the heavens. Experience the mystery and wonder of Grand Canyon National Park's night sky with Astronomer Tyler Nordgren and Ranger Rader Lane. Explore its beauty and learn what you can do to help preserve it.

"Add An Acre, Sell An Acre" Proposal Aimed At Keeping Federal Estate From Growing Introduced To Congress

In an effort to keep the federal landscape from growing appreciably, a Republican from Virginia has introduced to Congress a measure that would, in many cases, require land-management agencies to offset every acre added to their oversight by selling an acre.

Shenandoah National Park Facilities Soon To Open For Spring Visitors

Though winter has not released its grip on Shenandoah National Park and staff continues to work on clearing the Skyline Drive of snow and ice, facilities in the park will begin opening this month.

Photo Of Hikers At Grand Canyon National Park Illustrates Why "Rangers Get Gray Hair"

The park website at Grand Canyon National Park includes a warning about the potential for icy trails at the top of the home page, under a red and white banner titled "Park Alerts." I think it's safe to assume similar information is dispensed at visitor centers and other locations, so here's a photo that helps illustrate why rangers get gray hair.

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park And The NPS Centennial

It has been more than eight decades since Canadians and Americans came together to forge Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the world's first cross-border park dedicated to protect unique ecosystems that flourish where the prairie rises up to the crooked spine of the Rocky Mountains. That concept -- an international park -- is gaining renewed attention, both due to last fall's World Parks Congress, as well as next year's centennial of the National Park Service in the United States.

UPDATED: Ailing 706-Pound Leatherback Sea Turtle Comes Ashore At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Euthanized

An obviously ailing leatherback sea turtle discovered on a beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina had to be put down, due to the unlikelihood that it would survive in captivity and was too sick to be released back into the Atlantic Ocean.

Wolves Wander From Grand Portage Indian Reservation To Isle Royale National Park And Back

A pair of wolves whose home range is on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in Minnesota recently used an ice bridge to cross 14 miles over Lake Superior to Isle Royale National Park, where they wandered for five days before returning to the mainland.

Parks Canada To Return Plains Bison To Banff National Park

Plains bison, an icon of wild landscapes, will be returned to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, in an effort to bring the "missing link" back to the park's wildlife ecosystem.
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"Ice Caves" At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Closing For Season Due To Warming Conditions

In stark contrast to last winter's weeks' long cold-box-like weather, warming conditions at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore have prompted officials to close their "ice caves" for the season after just nine days.

Lend A Hand At Cedar Creek And Belle Grove Historical Park

If your national park interests tend to focus on Civil War sites, you'll have a chance later this month to help out the staff at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Virginia.

Moonless Night Should Provide Perfect Snowshoe And Stargazing Outing At Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

The prospect of a dark, moonless sky over Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire has park staff planning a night-time hike to combine snowshoeing and stargazing later this month.

Some Long Missing Species Returning To Cape Cod National Seashore

Some wildlife species long forgotten at Cape Cod are returning to the national seashore in numbers both attracting fascination as well as consternation.

Two Final Chances For "Big Day Birding Adventures" At Everglades National Park

The winter and early spring seasons are especially fine times to enjoy birding at Everglades National Park, and the staff has invited the public to participate in several "citizen science" activities to help count birds in the park. The final two "Big Day Birding Adventures" programs for this year will be held on March 14 and 28, 2015

Delicate Arch On Your Bucket List? Might Have To Skip It This Year

Delicate Arch at Arches National Park is one of the icons of the National Park System. It's showcased on Utah's license plates, and a must-see for visitors to the park. But construction this year at the arch's parking area could force you to put off your up-close-and-personal experience with Delicate Arch until another year, say park officials.
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