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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Taking Another Look At Wildlife Buffers

Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials, three years removed from what seemed to be a settled approach to managing wildlife, off-road vehicles, and pedestrians on their beaches, are re-examining aspects of that plan as ordered by Congress, a request that must be complied with by mid-June.

Katmai National Park Moves To Ban Bicycles From Valley Of 10,000 Smokes

As mountain bikes continue to evolve, they are able to tackle more and more terrain...and are found in more and more places. But at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, officials don't believe bikes of any kind fit in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes and are moving to ban them via an update to the superintendent's compendium, or rulebook.

Yellowstone National Park Elk Herds On Rebounding, Up Nearly 25 Percent

Elk herds in Yellowstone National Park are on the rebound, with the annual winter survey indicating an increase of nearly 25 percent in the northern herd to nearly 4,900 animals.

Make Plans To Attend Family Fun Fest At Biscayne National Park

Find yourself in Florida this month and pencil in a trip to Biscayne National Park on Sunday to attend the Family Fun Fest, where five sciences will be the topics for discussion.

Higher Entrance, Camping Fees Opposed At Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park

Higher entrance and camping fees proposed for Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Maryland and West Virginia are being opposed by some Maryland lawmakers, who say the proposed increases would lead to reduced tourism and jobs in their state.

National Park Supporters Thrilled With President's FY2016 Budget Proposal And What It Holds

The boost President Obama wants to see in the National Park Service's budget for the next fiscal year is a huge one compared to recent budgets, and his work is being applauded by those who support the national parks. But will it be embraced by the Republican-controlled Congress?

Yosemite National Park Adopting Sliding Entrance Fee Schedule, Higher Campground Fees

A sliding scale for entrance fees, and slightly higher campground fees, will take effect at Yosemite National Park on March 1.

Photography In The National Parks: My Five Fave Shots of 2014

It's 2015 - a new year with all sorts of new prospects for photography in the national parks. Looking back to the old year, what images did you capture that were your ultimate favorites? Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson shows us her five favorites from 2014 along with camera settings and the reason each is a favorite with her.

President Obama's FY2016 Budget Request Includes $3 Billion For National Park Service

President Obama's budget request for the 2016 fiscal year seeks $2.6 billion for the National Park Service, an increase of $55 million from current funding levels. That request seeks hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure needs, such as renovations to the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park and for safety, efficiency, and access upgrades to the visitor's center at Gettysburg National Military Park.

A New Look Is Coming To The Traveler...

A new look is coming to National Parks Traveler, one that mobile phone users will rejoice over!

Your Two-Minute Break To Enjoy Wildlife Along The Moose-WIlson Road In Grand Teton National Park

Watch the unique wildlife and scenery of the Moose-Wilson corridor in action! Grand Teton National Park managers are studying the resources of the corridor as part of an effort to plan for its future.
Ponderosa: Big Pine of the Southwest They are one of the iconic trees found in parts of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain states. You can’t miss their massive stature and warm, red trunks when you’re out on a hike in the national parks.

Another "Off-Season" Rescue At Rocky Mountain National Park

The winter season may not be as busy as the summer in terms of total visitation at Rocky Mountain National Park, but the scaled-down "off-season" staff has stayed plenty busy with rescues. The past week brought a multi-day search for a hiker on an ill-advised attempt to cross the park via Trail Ridge Road; that effort was followed yesterday by the rescue of a climber after a fall in the park's backcountry.

Application Period Opens For Non-Commercial River Trip Permits At Grand Canyon National Park

Today marks the opening of the application period for the permit lottery for 2016 Noncommerical River Trip launch dates at Grand Canyon National Park. Applications will be accepted online through noon Mountain Standard Time on February 24.

Bobwhite Quail Recovery Project Under Way At Pea Ridge National Military Park

Efforts are under way at Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas to rebuild habitat for bobwhite quail, a grasslands bird that has suffered from declining habitat nation-wide.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument Reopens To Visitors

Rainbow Bridge National Monument, which had been closed to most visitors for trail repairs, fully reopened Friday.

General Management Plan For Ozark National Scenic Riverways Approved By National Park Service

A plan to manage the Ozark National Scenic Riverways for the next two decades has been approved by the National Park Service, though some elements might not immediately be implemented.

How Bears Can Help Change Vegetative Landscapes In National Parks

Whether you believe wolves can have an impact on the course of rivers in Yellowstone National Park or not, there is evidence that bears can impact the vegetation of a landscape, simply by eating.

Blizzard Of '15 Takes Out Nauset Light Beach Staircase At Cape Cod National Seashore

Well, time again to order a new set of beach access stairs for Nauset Light Beach at Cape Cod National Seashore. The staircase, which was replaced in 2013 after a winter storm, was taken out by the "Blizzard of '15," according to Seashore Superintendent George Price.

UPDATE: New Yorker Who Thought He Could Hike Across Trail Ridge Road In Rocky Mountain National Park Missing

A New York man who thought he could hike across Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park in the middle of winter was found Thursday and airlifted to a hospital.