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Search For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park In Day Three

Rescuers at Mount Rainier National Park had little to work with Saturday as they resumed the search for a hiker missing since Wednesday

Seneca Nation To Be Welcomed At Fort Necessity National Battlefield

The National Park Service will host the Seneca Nation of Indians during a weekend of cultural heritage programs at Fort Necessity National Battlefield on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29. The delegation of the Seneca Nation of Indians, including the nation's Chief of Staff, Maurice John, will be officially received and welcomed at a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday.

High Waters Causing Problems For Visitors At Voyageurs National Park

You wouldn't think a park based around lakes would have problems with water, but at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota officials are telling visitors they're traveling at their own risk this week following heavy rains.

National Park Service Moves To Ban Public's Use Of Drones In The Parks

Voicing concerns for park visitors and wildlife, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis announced Friday that the agency was moving to ban the public use of drones in the National Park System.

Search Under Way For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park

A search continued Friday for an overdue day hiker at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.

14th Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival Right Around The Corner

There are few better places to stare into the dark starry skies than Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. OK, Natural Bridges National Monument on the eastern side of the state isn't too shabby for star-gazing, either. But it doesn't have an astronomy festival, and Bryce Canyon's 14th Annual Astronomy Festival arrives next week.

Mesa Verde National Park Working On Plan For Better Managing Visitors

Spread out on the fingers of mesas, with visitation greatly restricted, Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado can be a conjested place at times of peak visitation. Knowing that, park officials are embarking on a plan to better handle visitor distribution and transportation in the park.

Great Strides Made In Recovery Population Of Endangered Island Fox At Channel Islands National Park

The island fox, once thought to be ready to vanish from Channel Islands National Park, has made a stunning recovery and now counts more than 2,500 individuals. Park officials say the fox population overall is at or approaching biological recovery following its near-95 percent decline in the 1990s.

Avalanche Danger At Glacier National Park In Wake Of Stunning Storm

Heavy snowfall in Glacier National Park this week has heightened avalanche danger along the Going-to-the-Sun Road and prompted officials to limit access to the road, which has yet to be cleared from end-to-end from winter's snows.

Black Bear Put Down In Glacier National Park For Breaking Into House, Rummaging For Food

A black bear at Glacier National Park that developed a habit of searching out human food, in one case breaking into a house, has been put down by rangers.

Historic Agreement Aims To Restore, Protect Chesapeake Bay Watershed

A cleaner Chesapeake Bay watershed. That's the goal of a multi-state agreement written to focus on restoring and protecting the bay and its feeder streams. If it succeeds, it would benefit a good number of National Park System units, foremost the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail that touches parts of Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Glacier National Park Reeling From Wintry Storm, Evacuations Being Considered

A powerful winter storm has forced closure of many facilities and areas in Glacier National Park in Montana, and park officials Wednesday were developing evacuation plans for some areas of the park if conditions worsen.

Take A Minute To Help Friends Of The Smokies Land $5,000 For Work In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Take a minute this week to help out Friends of the Smokies. All week the First Tennessee Foundation is taking votes for its 150 Days of Giving. This week's winner receives $5,000. Friends of the Smokies can put that money to good work in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Campaign Underway To Designate A "National Mammal Of The United States"

Our nation has a National Bird (bald eagle), a National Tree (oak) and a National Flower ( rose), but no national mammal. A bill has been introduced in the U. S. Senate to fill that gap, and the proposal would designate a large animal that's a big visitor draw in several national parks. What's being suggested for the "national mammal of the United States"? The American Bison.

Federal Grant Will Help Gateway National Recreation Area Continue Recovery From Superstorm Sandy

More than a year has passed since Superstorm Sandy roared up the East Coast, battering just about everything in its path. The damage was particularly extrensive at Gateway National Recreation Area in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, where wastewater treatment systems were destroyed, phone service was knocked out, and historic buildings were ravaged.

The Strange Case Of The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

The following is the second of a two-part article on the significance of religious symbolism at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Indiana, symbolism that the National Park Service has largely overlooked. The author, Richard Sellars, was a historian for the National Park Service for three decades.

Conference On Best Environmental Practices For Climbing Community Coming In July

A conference next month will discuss how the climbing community can leave an even smaller footprint on the world's peaks.

Smoking Ban Comes To Beaches At Cape Cod, Fire Island National Seashores

In a move to minimize second-hand smoke problems and to help keep beaches cleaner, smoking bans are coming to guarded beaches at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Abraham Lincoln: God And Man In Indiana, The Strange Case Of The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Why has the National Park Service largely overlooked the religious symbolism at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial?

Marking The Yosemite Grant That Helped Launch The National Parks Movement

While it's long been accepted that Yellowstone National Park is the world's first national park, there's significant weight to the statement that the wondrous Yosemite landscape helped launch the national parks movement with the signing of the Yosemite Grant by President Lincoln on June 30, 1864. That Grant set aside Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias for protection, establishing the very idea of today's national parks.

New Regulations Coming To Kittatinny Point At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

With the goal of improving visitor safety, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area officials have implemented some new regulations for the Kittatinny Point Area, some of which might not be welcomed by all on a hot summer day.

Cyclists Invited To Enjoy Banff National Park This Summer

Cyclists, both those who prefer pavement and those seeking a single-track adventure, are invited to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, this summer.

Grand Canyon National Park In Four Hours

Can you experience Grand Canyon National Park in a half-day? Not thoroughly, but if you're traveling on business, or on a tight schedule, four hours might be all you have. So what should you do? Watch this video from the park for some great ideas.

Cost Of Rescue Of Canadian Teen Released By Rocky Mountain National Park

In late May the plight of a Canadian teenager stranded on a mountain ledge at an elevations of 13,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park attracted international media attention. A major and risky rescue effort ensued, resulting in the teen's eventual return to safety. The park has now released additional details, including the cost of the rescue.

Kayaker Dies On First Day Of Grand Canyon Float Trip

A 43-year-old German just embarking on a multi-day trip down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park has died in a river accident.

Camera Catches Daring Rescue Of Hiker Who Fell Into Yosemite Fall

Using helicopters in search-and-rescue missions in the national parks can be tricky, particularly when the rescue involves flying close to towering granite walls. That was the case recently in Yosemite National Park, where a helicopter helped rescue a hiker who had fallen into a section of Upper Yosemite Fall.

Railfest 2014 Coming To Steamtown National Historic Site In Late August

Railroad buffs will be gathering in eastern Pennsylvania in late August, when Railfest 2014 is held at Steamtown National Historic Site.

Fall Proves Fatal To Colorado Man At Rocky Mountain National Park

A Colorado man apparently trying to summit Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park has been killed in what appears to have been a fall of about 1,000 feet, according to park officials.

Annual March Out This Weekend At Valley Forge National Historical Park

Summer officially kicks off at Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania this weekend with a commemoration of the Continental Army's departure from the winter quarters in pursuit of the British Army.

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.
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