The Latest News & Views

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

  • Here's an opportunity for National Park Service employees and Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) to see if their best national park photos are award-winners.

    Eastern National just announced the 2013 Passport To Your National Parks® Photo Contest. The contest is open to active Park Service employees and Volunteers-In-Parks.

  • As an enticement to get folks back into the mountains after recent storms roared through the mid-Atlantic states with soaring temperatures, the lodging concessionaire at Shenandoah National Park is offering a $25 voucher for folks who book a room there.

    “Shenandoah was also impacted by the recent storm” said Wayne Soard, resident distr

Friday, July 6th, 2012

  • Editor's note: This updates with word that park officials believe everyone has been accounted for, reopening of Foothills Parkway West, forecast of more thunderstorms.

    A thunderstorm packing winds gusting to 70 mph tore through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, downing hundreds of trees, killing two visitors, and injuring several others.

    By early afternoon Friday officia

  • Yellowstone National Park, which attracted national attention in 1988 when wildfires burned nearly half the 2.2-million-acre park that hot and dry summer, so far has managed to avoid any fires this summer.

    Fire danger in the park, though, is "very high," says Superintendent Dan Wenk.

    "We’ve currently had no fires in the park.

  • Outwardly, it looks like just another sheath knife. But the folks at Light My Fire have come up with a unique tool: A knife that doubles as a fire starter!

    Is that necessary, you might wonder.

    Well, a knife can be a handy tool in the backcountry, if for nothing else than shaving a slice of cheese or cutting summer sausage.