Parks in the News

Energy Saving Projects Implemented In National Parks In Greater Washington, D.C., Region

The National Park Service is investing $29 million in 81 individual energy efficiency and water conservation projects at national parks throughout the greater Washington region. This unprecedented commitment to reducing energy use and generating energy from renewable sources is the largest to date among the nine bureaus in the Department of the Interior.

It's Physics: Why Smaller Backpackers Can Carry Heavy Packs

Physics seems to have an answer for just about everything. How else could you explain why smaller backpackers can carry rather large backpacks?

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Honored By NPCA

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk, who was able to end years of litigation over a winter-use plan for the park, has been honored by the National Parks Conservation Association for his achievements during a nearly four-decade career with the National Park Service.

Horse Group Agrees To Maintain Some Trails At Mammoth Cave National Park

A horsemen's organization in Kentucky has stepped up to help maintain trails at Mammoth Cave National Park.

Fire At Flight 93 National Memorial Destroyed Hundreds Of Valuable Items, Many Others Saved

A fire of undetermined cause that swept through three buildings at Flight 93 National Memorial earlier this month destroyed hundreds, if not thousands, of valuable items, including personal items recovered from the crash scene.

RV Village At Lake Mead National Recreation Area Named One Of Most Scenic In America

When it comes to outstanding scenery and RV campgrounds, it's hard to beat the views from the RV Village at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada.

150th Sand Creek Massacre Remembrance Event At The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

This November 29 marks the 150th year since the Sand Creek Massacre was carried out. On that fateful day, regiments of Colorado (U.S.) Volunteer Cavalry attacked a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho village along the Big Sandy Creek. The surprise attack resulted in the deaths of approximately 200 men, women and children. Those who lost their lives will be remembered as part of the commemoration activities planned at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site throughout the day.

Congressman: Don't Raise National Park Entrance Fees, Offer More Recreational Opportunities

National park managers should not be proposing higher entrances fees, according to U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, who thinks the parks should boost traffic by offering "recreational opportunities" in the parks.

Study: Yellowstone National Park's Grizzly Bears Can Adapt Diet To Changing Climate

For years, many conservationists have worried what grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem will eat as changing climate and habitat conditions bring fewer whitebark pine nuts, cutthroat trout and other prime food sources. A recent study offers an answer: almost anything else.

Congressman Criticizes Cape Lookout National Seashore's Proposed ORV Plan

A draft plan aimed at managing off-road vehicles at Cape Lookout National Seashore has been severely criticized by a congressman, who said there's no justification to either charge an $80 permit fee or restrict where ORVs can go on the national seashore.

Add Rocky Mountain National Park To The List Of Parks Hit By Painting Vandal

You apparently can add Rocky Mountain National Park to the list of parks where a New York artist felt inclined to paint images on rock outcrops

Video Records Hikers' Reactions To A Bear At Glacier National Park

How do park visitors react when they see a bear in the wild? The answers are all over the proverbial map, depending on the specific situation. Last summer, a visitor used a cell phone camera to record an encounter with a bruin by a group of hikers on a trail near Logan Pass, in Glacier National Park. The short video offers some interesting insights in human, and bear, behavior.

Requiem For A Glacier: Time To Say Goodbye To Lyell Glacier In Yosemite National Park?

Is it time to start a pool over when the Lyell Glacier in Yosemite National Park is no longer classified as a glacier? Or when it vanishes from the landscape? Those are good questions to ask, as the glacier, the second largest in the Sierra Nevada according to the National Park Service, is continuing to shrink.

There's An Artist On The Loose Defacing National Parks

A wandering artist with an affinity for using slices of national parks for her palettes, an apparent disregard for the law, and a penchant for documenting her works via social media channels, has drawn the attention of the National Park Service.

More Fee Proposals From National Parks, Including One For A $20 Day Pass

National parks around the country continue to push out proposals to increase fees in an effort to fund their operations. Among the latest proposals is one for a $20 day pass at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Finding Fall Color In Unexpected Places

Many areas in the National Park System are famous for autumn color, and visitors flock to places like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Acadia National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park to enjoy the seasonal palette of natural beauty. There are, however, some other parks where fall color can be either a surprise—or a favorite destination for savvy travelers.

Volunteer "Lint Pickers" Help Spruce Up Cave At Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The expression "a little bit goes a long way" can be applied to lots of items, and that's certainly the case when it comes to lint. A small pile of the fluffy stuff may merely be an annoyance at home, but the amount of lint left behind by nearly 400,000 annual visitors to the caves at Carlsbad Caverns National Park can add up to a real problem

Federal Land Managers Agree To Collaborate On National Wilderness Preservation System

A unified approach to managing the country's wilderness areas has been agreed to by the land management agencies under the Interior and Agriculture departments, with goals of connecting more people to wilderness areas and completing wilderness inventories of lands that might be suitable for inclusion in the wilderness system.

Climber Dies In Fall At Zion National Park

A 47-year-old man became the eighth climber since 1983 to die in a climbing accident in Zion National Park when he apparently lost his balance and toppled backwards about 80 feet down a steep slope.

"Vital Signs" Report Sheds Interesting Light On State Of Grand Teton National Park

How many pairs of bald eagles call Grand Teton National Park home? Do you know how much of the park has been surveyed for archaeological resources? How many glaciers are there in the park, and how are they faring? The answers to those questions are just some of the information you can glean from the park's Vital Signs report for 2013.

Badlands, Theodore Roosevelt National Parks Send Bison To Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma recently welcomed a herd of bison to its reservation after a four-decade absence. The first herd came from Badlands National Park in South Dakota, and another 10 bison are to be delivered to the tribe from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

Help Out Friends Of Saguaro By Bidding In Their On-Line Auction

Think it'd be nice to spend some time relaxing this winter in Death Valley, or maybe in Sedona, or perhaps in Wyoming right outside Yellowstone National Park? Those destinations could be on your calendar if you're the winning bidder in a fund-raising auction for Friends of Saguaro National Park.

Repeat Photography Exposes Changes Around Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

How have the landscapes and natural features around Skagway and Dyea, Alaska changed in 115 years?

Jumping, Even A Little Bit, Can Be Dangerous In Zion National Park

Jumping, even just a little bit, can be dangerous in Zion National Park. Two park visitors discovered that in two different incidents in a ten-minute period that left them with broken legs.

Op-Ed|The National Park Service And Wilderness: 50 Years Of Neglect

After 50 years, you would expect that the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), which administers the largest inventory of wilderness in the world, would have the best wilderness management program in the world. But, you would be very wrong.

Hunters In Grand Teton National Park Likely To Kill More Grizzlies

Federal biologists believe elk hunters in Grand Teton National Park and on the National Elk Refuge in the next nine years will kill six more grizzly bears than originally anticipated.

Higher Fees Coming To Your Favorite National Parks As Officials Search For Cash

As we told you last month, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has given his superintendents the OK to increase entrance and other fees in their parks once they've conducted the requisite public outreach and engagement. While many fees are likely to increase by $5 or $10, there could be more creativity into fee collections aimed at generating more money for the parks.

Rabies At Grand Canyon National Park

A rabies alert has gone up at Grand Canyon National Park, where a bat with the disease has been found in the Inner Gorge along the Colorado River.

Nation's Largest Memorial To WW2 Vets Rededicated At Redwood National And State Parks

A popular attraction in Washington, D.C. is the World War II Memorial, but the nation's largest memorial to World War II veterans is located on the opposite side of the country—in a unit of Redwood National and State Parks. In 1949, five thousand acres of old-growth redwoods were dedicated as the National Tribute Grove to honor those vets, but over the years that designation had been largely forgotten. That's now changed, and the Grove was rededicated in a ceremony late last month.

Groups Sue Over U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service's Refusal To Provide Wolverine With Endangered Species Act Protection

Whether climate change is adversely impacting wolverines, something the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes is uncertain, is being challenged by a coalition of conservation groups that is suing the agency to provide Endangered Species Act protection to the small carnivores.
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