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Park Partners Invest Heavily In National Parks, Corporate America Not So Much

Skim down through the list of centennial projects that will help paint buildings, repair trails, restore fisheries, help giant sequoias thrive, involve youth in the parks, and you have to give thanks to park friends groups. Corporate America? Not so much.
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Climbing Routes Temporarily Closed In Joshua Tree National Park

Nesting raptors have led to a temporary closure of some climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park in California.

Justice Department Drops Its Appeal On Buffalo National River Hog Farm Case

A decision by the Department of Justice to drop its appeal in a case involving a hog farm upstream of the Buffalo National River means the Farm Service Agency and Small Business Administration will have review the project's potential environmental impacts.

Black Bears And Humans Don't Mix At Olympic National Park's Enchanted Valley

An area popular with hikers in Olympic National Park has also turned popular with some black bears, leading park officials to halt camping in the Enchanted Valley area.

Op-Ed|NPS Ecological Mismanagement: By Design?

If it bleeds, it leads, as the newspaper expression goes—readers go for the gore. So the Center for Biological Diversity’s media campaign featuring 250 dead elk at Point Reyes National Seashore is getting a lot of traction.

Mark Your Calendars For Viewing Synchronous Fireflies At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you've always wanted to see fireflies flash in sync, plan to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park in early June.

Cost Of Enjoying Shenandoah National Park Going Up May 1

It's going to cost you a little more to enjoy Shenandoah National Park beginning May 1.

Bottled Water Industry Urges National Park Service To Permit Bottled-Water Sales In Parks

A National Park Service ban on bottled water sales, which has been attributed to a reduction in litter and garbage in general, is depriving visitors of the life-sustaining beverage, according to the International Bottled Water Association.

Studies Show Magma Chamber Deep Below Yellowstone National Park Would Fill Grand Canyon 11 Times

Standing on either rim of the Grand Canyon, it's impossible not to be overcome by the sheer depth, breadth, and length of that canyon. Yet that abyss pales in size to a newly found magma chamber below Yellowstone National Park, according to new research.

Major Concession Upgrade Planned For Virgin Islands National Park

The newly-issued prospectus for concessions at Virgin Island National Park includes the demolition and rebuilding of much of the park’s hospitality facilities, most of which are at Cinnamon Bay Beach.

Capitol Reef National Park Receives Gold Tier Dark Sky Designation

Superb opportunities to enjoy the night sky are just one of many reasons to visit Capitol Reef National Park, and that quality has earned some special recognition for the site. The park has been named a “Gold Tier” park by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), the highest ranking awarded by that non-profit organization. In doing so, Capitol Reef becomes the seventh unit of the National Park Service to achieve designation as an International Dark Sky Park.

NPS: National Park System Is An Economic Engine, And Valuable Carbon Dioxide Sink

Top Interior Department and National Park Service officials used Earth Day to promote the National Park System as an economic engine with an annual output of $30 billion and which serves as a carbon sink with an additional value of nearly $600 million.

Major Concessions Contract Up For Bid At Denali National Park And Preserve

The National Park Service recently released a prospectus soliciting proposals for concession operations in Denali National Park and Preserve. Commercial operations required of a concessionaire in the Alaska park include transportation, retail sales, and campground management. The prospectus also authorizes, but does not require, the concessionaire to offer winter transportation, garage service, equipment rental, and ATMs.

Special Fee To Tour Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Covers Park's Expenses...And Then Some

A year after going deep in the hole to manage visitation to unusual "ice caves" with their dripping formations, Apostle Islands National Seashore came out head this past winter thanks to a special fee charged visitors.

Experts Help Joshua Tree National Park Staff "Erase" Graffiti At Barker Dam Historic Site

It took more than a year, but crews at Joshua Tree National Park, aided by professional conservators from the University of New Mexico, have largely "erased" graffiti scratched into the Barker Dam, a historic site inside the California park.

Birding In The National Parks: Don't Overlook The Acadia Birding Fest

You’ve heard about the birding festival in Acadia National Park in this space before, but it’s worth mentioning just one more time. This year’s Acadia Birding Festival is destined for greatness.

Wildflower Weekend Coming To New River Gorge National River In West Virginia

If, after the long, snowy and cold winter, you're ready for some colorful spring wildflowers, consider heading to New River Gorge National River in West Virginia this weekend for the 12th Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend.

President Obama Visiting Everglades National Park On Earth Day To Draw Attention To Climate Change

President Barrack Obama is turning to Everglades National Park to serve as a backdrop for an Earth Day discussion of climate change and the impacts it would bring to the United States.

Acadia National Park Opens Loop Road For The Summer Season

Winter must be over at Acadia National Park in Maine, for officials have opened the Park Loop Road for wheeled traffic, a kickoff to the summer high season.

Fifty Years Of The Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee

This year marks a milestone in the management of the Greater Yellowstone Area. It starts the second 50 years of the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee (GYCC), created by the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the National Park Service (NPS) in 1964.