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Friday, December 16th, 2011

  • This gift won't fit under the Christmas tree, but Great Smoky Mountains National Park—and everyone who loves and enjoys the Smokies—can celebrate a generous donation to the park from the non-profit group Friends of the Smokies.

    On December 14, the Friends officially transferred 20 acres of land to

  • Nature's fireworks are on display at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where streams of lava from the Kīlauea volcano are pouring into the Pacific Ocean.

    The source of the lava is the volcano's remote Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent.

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

  • Someone with a taste for venison poached a majestic whitetail buck at Monocacy National Battlefield in Maryland, where authorities are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever did the deed.

    Rangers discovered the carcass of the 12-point buck on the Thomas Farm section of the battlefield on Monday.

  • Another request has been made on Congress to direct the National Park Service to study the possibility of transferring Mount St. Helens from the U.S. Forest Service so it can be designated a national park.

    In a letter outlining the request to U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Mount St.

  • The annual Bridge Day event each October draws thousands of spectators and hundreds of BASE jumpers to New River Gorge National River. A few jumpers, however, can't resist the urge to free-lance their own event.