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How Do You Think The National Park Service Should Celebrate Its Centennial?

How do you think the National Park Service should celebate its centennial? That's a question the staff at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota is asking.

Bison Removal In Yellowstone National Park Draws Protests

Plans by Yellowstone National Park officials to remove roughly 1,000 bison from the park's herds are drawing criticisms and protests from groups that say the slaughter is unnecessary.

Bicycle Rentals Could Be Coming To Mesa Verde National Park

Bicycle rentals might soon be available at Mesa Verde National Park, where officials are seeking a company to rent bikes, strollers, and wheelchairs on Wetherill Mesa.

National Monuments In Arizona Offering Second Pricing Option For Consideration

Public concern over higher entrance fees at three national monuments in Arizona have led National Park Service officials to revisit the issue and come up with another pricing option.

Groups File Intent To Sue Over Grizzly Bear Deaths In Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Approved "takings" of grizzly bears in part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem threaten to undercut recovery of the species, according to groups that plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the matter.

Looking Back At The Rim Fire In Yosemite National Park (Video)

The 2013 Rim Fire was the largest forest fire in California history, and the largest fire in Yosemite history. Burning 400 square miles, the speed and size of the fire was unprecedented. As these unnaturally large fires become more commonplace due to previous fire suppression and climate change, Yosemite National Park is seeing the benefits of carefully allowing smaller, controlled fires on the landscape.

More Charging Stations Popping Up In National Park System For Electric Vehicles

Electric charging stations are beginning to sprout up around the National Park System, making it a bit easier for visitors with electric vehicles to recharge while enjoying the parks.

Here's Your List Of Entrance-Fee-Free Days In The National Parks This Year

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is just the first of nine entrance-fee-free days in the National Park System this year.

Historic Paintings Donated To Glacier National Park By Concessionaire

A collection of historic fine art paintings, owned or commissioned by the Great Northern Railway that helped see the establishment of Glacier National Park, has been donated to the park by Glacier Park, Inc.

Permission Sought To Buttress Highway 12 From Ocean At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Time and again through the years storms have pushed the Atlantic Ocean up and over North Carolina 12 that runs the length of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, events that leave residents and visitors alike cut off from the mainland. Now, in an attempt to better protect the highway, North Carolina officials want to build up the beach along a section of the highway just north of Buxton.

Birding In The National Parks: Which Parks Do You Need To Hit?

I’ve managed to get around North America quite a bit during my five years as a serious birder. At least it seems like I have. When I plot a map of every checklist I’ve ever entered at eBird, it looks like I’m neglected large swaths of the continent. What’s with the interior plains? The west coast south of Olympic National Park? Alaska isn’t even on the map because there were no pins there, so I cropped it out.

132-Year-Old Winchester Rifle Found At Great Basin National Park

Usually you need to head into a museum to see what turned up in the backcountry of Great Basin National Park: A 132-year-old Winchester rifle.

Minnesota Climber Summits Mount McKinley -- In January And By Himself!

Climbing Mount McKinley in Denali National Park in Alaska usually is a goal that comes to fruition in May or June. Someone must have neglected to tell Lonnie Dupre that.

Board Finds Canaveral National Seashore Managers Wrongly Punished Biologist For Whistleblowing

A biologist at Canaveral National Seashore who raised questions about improper contracting practices was wrongly penalized for her actions, a Civil Service administrative judge has found.

Experience Icebox Days At Voyageurs National Park

Like it cold? Then plan to attend Icebox Days at Voyageurs National Park in Minneosta this weekend.

The Geology Of Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park, Chesler Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Canyonlands National Park is a geologist's dream.

$1 Million In Grant Funding Available To Celebrate The Arts And National Parks

“Art is the child of Nature,” said American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. A new grant initiative created in partnership by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service celebrates the intersections between the two in honor of the NEA’s 50th anniversary in 2015 and the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016.

Float Through Cataract Canyon In Canyonlands National Park With The Traveler

Early fall is an exquisite time to float the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. And how better to enjoy that float than with fellow park travelers on this National Parks Traveler adventure?

Traffic Patterns Leading To Reduction In Lodging Inside Mammoth Cave National Park

Changing habits by visitors to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky have convinced park officials they don't need as many lodge rooms inside the park as they have in years past. As a result, the next concessionaire will have 38 fewer rooms to rent out.

Higher Entrance, Activity Fees Proposed For Arches And Canyonlands National Parks

Entrance fees at Arches and Canyonlands national parks in Utah would more than double under a proposed open for public comment. Also targeted for an increase is the cost of touring the Fiery Furnace in Arches, both with a ranger and by yourself.