Parks in the News

Key Concessions Contracts Up At Yosemite National Park, Along Blue Ridge Parkway

The coming months could tell whether Xanterra Parks & Resorts and Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts are both still in an acquisition mode, or will look to stand pat, as concessions opportunities are weighed in Yosemite National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Lightning Strike Fatality At Rocky Mountain National Park

A woman was killed and seven other hikers injured by a lightning strike Friday at Rocky Mountain National.

Tour Bus Crash In Grand Teton National Park Injures 24, But Fortunately No Fatalities

A tour bus crash at Grand Teton National Park injured two dozen passengers, including eight who spent the night in area hospitals, but a much more serious tragedy was averted by a lack of traffic on the highway linking the park to Yellowstone National Park.

Yosemite Nature Notes: Bird Songs Out In The Park

Wander down any trail in a national park, or simply sit back in a meadow, and you'll be serenaded by birds. But can you name those birds by song or appearance? Throughout Yosemite National Park, unique soundscapes can be found within the beautiful landscapes. Videographer Steven M. Bumgardner took his cameras and microphones out into the park to capture those birdsongs in this video.

Land And Water Conservation Fund Used To Expand Richmond National Battlefield Park

The Gaines Mill battlefield in Richmond National Battlefield Park in Virginia is growing by 285 acres thanks to $400,000 from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Geothermal Heat Melting Road Surface Of Firehole Lake Drive In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park's underground "furnace" is causing problems for Firehole Lake Drive, where the heat from below is melting the asphalt.

Turbulent Waters Keep National Park Rangers Busy With Rescues At Lake Mead NRA And Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

A quick turn of the weather forced rangers into rescue mode at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as high winds and waves left dozens of boaters seeking help. The final tally: 70 distress calls at Lake Mead, 11 rescues performed, including of one woman who spent three hours treading water and praying, and the rescue of five young sea kayakers at Sleeping Bear.

Returning Bison To Western Landscapes

With the Interior Department's recent report on how to restore bison to federal and tribal landscapes in the West, the following video about restoring bison to the West is worth a watch. It touches on how the National Park Service will have to look beyond traditional wildlife management practices and existing park boundaries.

Congressman Calls For "Wolf Safety Zone" Around Yellowstone National Park, Says Fish And Wildlife Service Acting "Irrationally" On Wolf Recovery

A congressman from Oregon is calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell work with Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho officials to develop a "wolf safety zone" around Yellowstone National Park, saying without one the health of the park's wolf populations will suffer.

Death Can Lead To The Dissolution Of Wolf Packs In Denali National Park

Life can be hard for the integrity of a wolf pack, particularly when one of the alpha animals dies, according to studies at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Acadia National Park Officials Proposing Slight Change In Visitor Capacity For Isle Au Haut

One of the great destinations at Acadia National Park isn't on Mount Desert Island off Maine's coast. Rather, it's down coast a bit, on the Isle au Haut, where roughly half of the island is part of the national park. While the Park Service has been working with daily visitor limits since the late 1980s, park officials now want to update those numbers, and hope you'll lend your thoughts.

Sample The Old West At Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Interested in life in the Old West of the later 1800s? Plan a stop at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Montana this summer.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Proposing Rules For Firewood You Can Bring Into Park

Globalization is not just a sweeping economic trend, but also one involving insects that's been going on for decades, one that is a serious threat to national park forests. At Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee, officials are taking a step they hope will slow any infestation of non-native insects that can wreak havoc on native forests by proposing a rule that only heat-treated firewood can be brought into the park for campfires.

Interior Department Has Plan For Restoring Bison To Public, Tribal Landscapes

Bison, an iconic species of the Plains that once were nearly driven to extinction by the country's westward expansion, has rebounded greatly through conservation efforts over the past century, but more work to restore these animals to public and tribal lands remains to be done, according to an Interior Department report.

Discriminating Explorer: Lake Hotel, Yellowstone National Park's Elegant Lady, Renovated And Invigorated

When Robert Reamer approached the task of remodeling a simple lodge in the still fledgling Yellowstone National Park, he had a backdrop of a sweeping lake rimmed by mountains that remained jacketed in snow well into summer. And yet, to draw Eastern society out to this wilderness, he realized he would need more to lure them than a stunningly beautiful setting.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Getting Back To Normal After Hurricane Arthur

Life is getting back to normal at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which dodged a bullet when Hurricane Arthur passed through the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Body Found In Colorado River In Grand Canyon, Thought To Be Missing Passenger

A body recovered Friday from the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park was thought to be that of a commerical float trip passenger who vanished after falling off a ledge into the river a week ago.

Kayak Program Offered At Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Exploring national parks by water is a great way to get away from the crowds and out into the scenery. If you'd like to hone your skills for this type of adventure, rangers at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming and Montana will be offering a guided kayaking program this summer.

"Seasons In The Smokies" To Premier In Mid-July

Seasons in the Smokies, the second in the Smoky Mountain Explorer Series from Great Smoky Mountains Association, will make its first appearance on the big screen during a premiere showing of the film Thursday, July 17.

Cherry-Loving Bears Lead To Closure Of Gregory Bald Area At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Bears have a sweet tooth, too. And that's why the Gregory Bald area at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been temporarily closed to humans. The reason is the cherry crop that has attracted black bears looking for a tasty meal.

Glacier Park, Inc. Announces Substantial Investment In The West Glacier Area

Glacier Park, Inc. (GPI), a subsidiary of Arizona-based Viad Corporation, has announced it will make a substantial investment in the Glacier Park region by purchasing land and several businesses in the West Glacier and Apgar areas.

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site Could Use A Few Good Trees

Water provides the energy needed to drive the machinery at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, but without waterwheels to capture that energy, well, all that energy would be lost. To keep things running, the park site currently is working on building five new waterwheels by hand. What's missing, though, are some good trees. Large white oak trees, specifically, that can be fashioned into shafts for the waterwheels.

Study Documents Impacts Of Climate Change Across National Park System

Impacts of climate change on the National Park System are such that it is "no longer ecologically viable to manage resources solely within park boundaries," according to a study that found parks "are overwhelmingly at the extreme warm end of historical temperature distributions..."

UPDATED: Threat Of Tropical Storm Arthur Leads To Closure Of National Park System Units

The prospect of Tropical Storm Arthur slamming into North Carolina's Outer Banks has prompted the National Park Service to close Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial at noon Wednesday.

Watching Wolves And Bears At Banff National Park

Are there wolves and bears at Banff National Park in Canada? You bet, as this video clearly shows. It was taken from a remote camera set up along the Bow Valley Parkway during a seasonal travel restriction. With humans out of the picture, the wildlife came into view.

Going-To-The-Sun Road Expected To Be Open End-To-End This Weekend In Glacier National Park

Barring the unexpected -- a significant late June snowstorm -- the entire Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park in Montana should be open from West Glacier to St. Mary this coming holiday weekend.

Celebrate Independence Day On The National Mall In Washington, D.C.

Perhaps the grandest Fourth of July celebration in the National Park System will be held in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall, where you can watch a parade, enjoy the Folklife Festival, listen to the U.S. Navy Band, and, of course, marvel at one of the largest fireworks displays in the country.

Yosemite Grant Anniversary Used To Kickoff Mariposa Grove Revitalization

One-hundred-and-fifty years after President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant, the anniversary was used to launch an ambitious revitalization of the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park.

UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Consider Case Of Point Reyes National Seashore Oyster Company

An adverse ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, while disappointing, does not automatically signal the end of oyster farming at Point Reyes National Seashore, according to the owner of Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Sewage Spill Seeps Into Cave At Mammoth Cave National Park

Signs of an above-ground sewage spill that occurred at Mammoth Cave National Park back in May have been detected inside the cave system, but is not thought to be a threat to visitors.
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