Parks in the News

Tioga, Glacier Point Roads Close For Winter At Yosemite National Park

The weekend's heavy rains in California brought heavy snows to the High Sierra, and that was enough for Yosemite National Park officials to close the Tioga and Glacier Point roads for the winter.

Sixty-One Acres Added To Voyageurs National Park Thanks To Voyageurs National Park Association

Voyageurs National Park experienced a few growing pains recently. Sixty-one, actually, as in the number of acres added to the park.

Reserve Your Cabin At Cape Lookout National Seashore

It wasn't too long ago that the cabins at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina closed for the winter, but it won't be long before you can reserve one for next summer.

Unknowns In Terms Of Funding And Personnel Await New Units Of National Park System

With a handful of new units of the National Park System to be ushered in once President Obama signs a half-trillion-dollar defense authorization bill, National Park Service officials are not exactly sure where they'll get the money or personnel to bring the new parks to life, but they're optimistic they'll find a way.

Nearly Five Years Later, Congress Balking On "Road To Nowhere" Payments At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Nearly five years after what was considered to be an historic moment, Congress is dragging its feet to make good on a $52 million settlement with a North Carolina county that lost a connection when Fontana Dam was built and its reservoir flooded a section of state highway 288.

Rocky Mountain National Park Seeking Companies To Offer Guided-Climbing Treks

Rocky Mountain National Park, with its towering, attractive peaks, is a magnet for many climbers, particularly those interested in climbing Longs Peak and ticking off one more "Colorado '14er." That goal could become a bit more achievable in the future as the park is seeking outfitters to lead commercial climbs.

Congress Sends Defense Authorization Bill, With National Park Legislation, To President

A massive defense authorization bill, carrying riders that create seven national parks, headed Friday to President Obama for his signature, though how the National Park Service would pay for the additions was not immediately clear.

National Park Service, In Court Filing, Claims Xanterra Trying To Block Competition In Grand Canyon Concessions Business

In a strongly worded response to Xanterra Parks & Resort's request for an injunction to remain in business past year's end on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, lawyers for the National Park Service argue that the concessionaire is trying to thwart competition and feel its history on the rim entitles it to remain there.

National Park Service Slips Slightly In "Best Places To Work" Survey

As an agency the National Park Service continues to get poor marks from its employees, according to the 2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Survey. Compared to all government agencies, the Park Service ranked in the lower 25 percent in effective leadership, strategic management, team work, and work-life balance, among other categories.

Winter Season Kicks Off Monday At Grand Teton National Park

With growing snow cover in the mountains, the winter season at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming kicks off on Monday.

Point Reyes National Seashore Shuttle Service Will Help With Whale, Elephant Seal Watching

With gray whales soon to start their migration to warmer waters, and elephant seals heading to the beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore for breeding, the park's shuttle buses can help you get to a viewpoint with little hassle.

Pipeline Break Shuts Down Phantom Ranch At Grand Canyon National Park

Overnight stays at Phantom Ranch on the floor of the Grand Canyon have been temporarily halted due to the break in the Trans-Canyon Water Pipeline, Grand Canyon National Park officials said Thursday.

Memorial Wall Re-Opens At War In The Pacific National Historical Park

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., often known simply as "The Wall," contains the names of over 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in that conflict, but there's another Memorial Wall with more than 17,000 names from World War 2 in America's most-distant national park. The Asan Bay Overlook Memorial Wall at War in the Pacific National Historical Park had been damaged by storms and vandals, but rehabilitation of this wall has now been completed.

Add Shenandoah National Park To List Of Parks Proposing Higher User Fees

Public comment is being taken on a fee increase proposal at Shenandoah National Park, where entrance fees haven't gone up since 2006.

Five Unruly Motorists Agree To Pay $150,000 For Damages To Resources At Padre Island National Seashore

Five motorists who headed off into an area of Padre Island National Seashore that was off-limits to vehicles and drove around the tidal flats there have agreed, along with their insurance agencies, to pay more than $150,000 in damages to the park.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Looking To See Bison Population Dropped By Up To 1,000 This Winter

Upwards of 1,000 Yellowstone National Park bison could meet their demise this winter, either through hunting in Montana or through shipment to slaughter houses or research facilities, so as to contain the size of the park's herd and to reduce the "potential for a mass migration of bison into Montana."

$1 Million Grant From American Express Will Help Restore 178-Year-Old Lockkeeper's House On National Mall

A throwback to the days when commerce flowed up and down canals to Washington, D.C., a Lockkeeper's House that dates to the 1830s, will be restored to near-mint condition thanks to a $1 million grant from American Express to the Trust for the National Mall.

Zion National Park Officials Proposing Higher Fees For Entry, Camping, Backcountry Travel

It soon could cost you more to enter Zion National Park, camp there, and head into the backcountry.

Traveler's View: Senate Should Either Fund New Parks In Defense Bill, Or Strip Them Out

There are at least 75 million reasons why the U.S. Senate should either fully fund the national park projects contained within the defense authorization bill, or strip them out.

Alum Cave Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park In Line For Some Serious Restoration

One of the most popular areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Alum Cave area, is on tap for some serious restoration work that will take about two years and result in some occasional trail closures. The result, though, will make the trail safer for hikers and better protect natural resources, according to park officials.

Big Bend National Park Proposing Slightly Higher Entrance, Backcountry Fees

Getting into Big Bend National Park in Texas could be a little bit more expensive next year, as officials are proposing a $5 increase in the daily entrance fee for vehicles and a $2 increase in the backcountry camping fee.

Isle Royale National Park's Wolf Woes Spur Bigger Questions Of Managing Wilderness

As Isle Royale National Park managers mull the future of the park's wolf population, biologists and ecologists are urging them to step in with a genetic rescue.

Senate Poised To OK Legislation That Would Grow National Park System, But Questions Loom

In one of the largest expansions of the National Park System in decades, a nearly 1,700-page bill to fund the Defense Department carries amendments to add roughly a half-dozen units to the park system and add acres to others. But the measure also raises concerns over whether Congress is micro-managing National Park Service decisions when it comes to wildlife management under the Endangered Species Act, and how donors to the system should be recognized.

Looking For Meteors At Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

If you're in central Colorado this coming weekend, consider visiting Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Saturday to catch a glimpse of meteors slicing across the night skies.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Looking For Guides To Dive On Submerged B-29

There's a new business opportunity in the National Park System -- leading scuba dives on a B-29 Superfortress Bomber lying on the bed of Lake Mead at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada.

39th Annual Festival Of Christmas Past Coming To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will stage its 39th annual Festival of Christmas Past celebration, complete with music, stories out of the past, and even apple cider, on December 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sugarlands Visitor Center on the western side of the park.

For Some Park Visits, Getting There Is Definitely Part Of The Fun

The enormous variety of areas in the National Park System means there's also quite a range of experiences when it comes to getting to and from your park destination. Whether you're taking the subway or city bus to an urban park or riding a train, small plane or ferry to reach your destination in Alaska, there are plenty options for a memorable trip...and sometimes they can be memorable indeed.

Concerns, Opposition Voiced To Proposed Entrance Fee Increases At National Parks

As more and more units of the National Park System roll out proposals to increase their entrance fees to bring them in line with a standardized schedule developed by National Park Service leaders, public opposition is being voiced, with some newspapers and towns opposing the increases and individuals maintaining they're untenable and unfair.

Is Global Climate Change A Threat to National Parks? Another Response

In response to a guest column on climate change that disputed the belief that human activities are driving global warming, a quartet of scientists and former National Park Service employees say the evidence for anthropogenic global warming is indisputable.

Possible Congressional Battle Looming Over Parks Legislation Attached To Defense Authorization Bill

In what could be the most significant legislative action pertaining to national parks since 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives is being asked to approve a defense authorization bill that has been amended to create a number of new units of to the National Park System, from a Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park in New York to a Manhattan Project National Historical Park spread across a handful of states.
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