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Op-Ed| Let's Bring Grizzly Bears Back To The North Cascades

Should grizzly bears be allowed to recover their presence in the North Cascades? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service are holding a series of meetings on a Grizzly Bear Restoration Environmental Impact Statement that examines whether they should work toward grizzly bear recovery in the region. In the following opinion piece, Rob Smith, senior director of the National Parks Conservation Association's Northwest Region, speaks out in favor of the bears' recovery.

Moonless Night Should Provide Perfect Snowshoe And Stargazing Outing At Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

The prospect of a dark, moonless sky over Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire has park staff planning a night-time hike to combine snowshoeing and stargazing later this month.
Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal It was a warm, sunny October afternoon when my meandering path along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Shenandoah National Park took me directly through an old apple orchard. The trees’ limbs were heavy with ripe fruit.
Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges Just in time for the summer travel season, David and Kay Scott have come forth with an eighth edition to their guide to lodging in the National Park System. And it contains some notable additions.

Two Final Chances For "Big Day Birding Adventures" At Everglades National Park

The winter and early spring seasons are especially fine times to enjoy birding at Everglades National Park, and the staff has invited the public to participate in several "citizen science" activities to help count birds in the park. The final two "Big Day Birding Adventures" programs for this year will be held on March 14 and 28, 2015

Delicate Arch On Your Bucket List? Might Have To Skip It This Year

Delicate Arch at Arches National Park is one of the icons of the National Park System. It's showcased on Utah's license plates, and a must-see for visitors to the park. But construction this year at the arch's parking area could force you to put off your up-close-and-personal experience with Delicate Arch until another year, say park officials.

Traveler's Gear Box: Mountain Hardwear's Minimalist

While you might have a quiver of skis to handle conditions that vary from deep powder to hard pack, or a lake canoe along with a kayak or down-river canoe, there's no need to have a closet full of jackets for varying weather conditions. One shell jacket that can withstand a variety of conditions will let you maximize your gear investments across the board.

Areas of Rocky Mountain, Zion National Parks Closed For Nesting Raptors

With spring, and warmer weather, around the corner, raptors will soon be nesting on the cliffs and crags of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Zion National Park in Utah, and so temporary closures have been put in place in the two parks.

Salt Marshes At Cape Cod National Seashore Being Squeezed Out Of Space

Ever so gently, but steadily nonetheless, development and sea-level rise are slowly squeezing salt marshes at Cape Cod National Seashore. High marshes are being being transformed into low marshes, and low marshes are in danger of being drowned out.

The Cemeteries Of Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area

Years ago during a visit to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, as impressed as I was with what was underground, I was equally struck by the park's surface and the cemeteries that told a silent story of the generations dating back to Revolutionary War times that had called this place home. Cemeteries going back decades, if not hundreds of years, can be found throughout the National Park System, and represent a moving chapter of the country's settlement.

Lone Wolf Prompts Voyageurs National Park Staff To Reroute Snowmobile Trail

A lone wolf that seems intrigued by snowmobilers has prompted Voyageurs National Park staff to reroute some snowmobile trails as a safety precaution.

Reader Participation Day: Do Predictions That Glacier National Park Soon Will Be Glacierless Have You Planning A Visit Sooner Than Later?

With the possibility that Glacier National Park will be glacierless by as soon as 2020, are you moving up your plans to visit the park?

Maple Sugar Time Coming To Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Tired of the chemicals that go into the syrup you pour over your pancakes? Then plan to visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore later this month for the annual Maple Sugar Time event.

Parks Looking For Youth Conservation Corps Applicants

High school students interested in spending their summer in a national park and gaining valuable skills have at least three parks to consider for jobs with the Youth Conservation Corps. Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and Joshua Tree National Park in California all are seeking applications for their YCC programs.

Photography In The National Parks: Don’t Forget Those National Park Lodge Photos

When visiting a national park with your camera, don't forget to flesh out your travel album with some interior or exterior images of those historic and rustic national park lodges. Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson shows you how to take advantage of the photo ops offered by these park buildings.

DOI Report: National Park Service Left Tens Of Millions Dollars On The Table In Potential Fees

By failing to implement higher entrance fees across the 131 parks that charge them, the National Park Service left tens of millions of dollars on the table in potential user fees, a report from the Interior Department's Inspector General claims.

Special Tours Offered At Mesa Verde National Park

While visitors to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado generally need to stick to tour routes, there are some ranger-led hikes that will take you to some of the less visited ruins in the park, or for special activities.

Campground Opening Schedule At Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announced

You can start planning your camping trip to Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina now that the park has released the opening dates for the campgrounds.

Main Attraction At Jewel Cave National Monument Growing Longer Bit By Bit

For cavers, poking their heads into dark places can often lead them into new passages. And at Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota, that sort of poking around recently led to more than a mile of charted cave.

Pyramid Peak Trail Back Open To Hikers At Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park’s Pyramid Peak Trail has reopened after a nearly six-month closure. The trail closed in late August 2104 because of unsafe conditions in a slide-prone area.