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On Mountaineering Probably everyone has a book inside themselves, somewhere; some interesting....some not so much. Radford West's is interesting, mainly because he's had an interesting life, with a keen passion for the outdoors. In 1971 West came home from the confusion of Vietnam and sought solace in the high, lonesome. "The mountains gave me a new respect for nature and myself," he says, and his book reflects that.

Annual March Out This Weekend At Valley Forge National Historical Park

Summer officially kicks off at Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania this weekend with a commemoration of the Continental Army's departure from the winter quarters in pursuit of the British Army.

Surveying Of Seabed Off Fire Island National Seashore Under Way

Despite appearances, war games are not being held at Fire Island National Seashore this summer. Rather, the amphibious vehicle plying the waters around the Seashore is surveying the seabed and coastline.

Redwood National Park Officials Working On Management Plan For Second-Growth Forest

Fifty years ago a section of forest in the Middle Fork of Lost Man Creek in Redwood National Park was logged. Now the National Park Service is drawing up a plan for managing that acreage and seeks your input.

Falling Tree Kills Yellowstone National Park Visitor

A 36-year-old Taiwanese visitor to Yellowstone National Park who apparently was aiming for a better camera angle of Grand Prismatic Spring was killed when a tree fell on top of him.

Celebrate A Quarter Millennium Of The Sandy Hook Lighthouse At Gateway National Recreation Area

Quick, how old is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse at Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey?

Photography In The National Parks: A Wildlife Advocate's View Of Wildlife Photography

Nearly every day someone tells me that I have the dream job as a full-time wildlife photographer in Yellowstone National Park, but if they knew that a Dutch photographer nearly punched me out yesterday, when I was trying to assist a black bear in crossing the road on a blind curb, they might think again.

Bid In Congress To Have Ozark National Scenic Riverways Given To State Of Missouri

Is Congress in the mood to return units of the National Park System back to the states in which they are located? An initial indication could come Tuesday, when a U.S. House of Representatives Committee considers legislation that calls for Ozark National Scenic Riverways to be given to the state of Missouri.

Good News For Boaters: Lake Powell Rising Due To Melting Snowpack Upstream

Recent years haven't been kind to boaters at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, with lowering water levels in Lake Powell hampering use of boat ramps and increasing hazards to navigation. Now, thanks to higher-than-expected runoff from last winter's snows, lake levels are rising to levels not seen since November 2012.

National Park Service To Look At American History Of Lesbians, Gays, Transgenders, And Bi-Sexuals

The role that lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals, and transgender individuals played in the history of the United States is to be explored by the National Park Service, which will launch the effort Tuesday with a panel discussion involving Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and the U.S. ambassador to Australia along with LGBT scholars and historians.

Contribute To A Social Media Study In The National Parks

What role does "social media" have in the national parks? How is social media used in the parks? You can help answer these questions by participating in a study of social media uses this summer in Yellowstone National Park.

Schaus Swallowtail Butterflies Released Into Biscayne National Park

The rapidity with which butterflies can reproduce has played a huge role in the ongoing recovery of endangered Schaus swallowtail butterflies at Biscayne National Park in Florida, where the species once thought to be teetering on the lip of extinction has grown by more than 1,000 individuals.

Akamina Parkway In Waterton Lakes National Park Is Now Open

The Akamina Parkway, a 9-mile-long scenic route that leads to Cameron Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, has been reopened to traffic following a construction project.

Stretch Of White Rim Road In Canyonlands National Park To Be Closed In July

If you're planning to mountain bike the White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park in July, know that a short stretch of the road will be closed for a few days to all travelers.

Twenty-One Trails, 452 Miles, Added To National Trails System

With National Trails Day coming Saturday, 21 trails and 452 miles have been added to the National Trails System.

Mountain Goat Studies Continuing At Glacier National Park

Stylish collars and perhaps a splash of paint will mark some mountain goats this summer at Glacier National Park in Montana, where an ongoing study of the animals is moving into its second year.

Traveler's Gear Box: Helinox Table One And Chair One From Big Agnes

Roughing it isn't always as difficult as it once was, and with two pieces of camp furniture from Big Agnes it gets even more comfortable.

Rally At Yellowstone National Park Aims To Boost Public Support For Wolves In The Wild

A rally to raise public awareness about wolves in and around Yellowstone National Park is scheduled for late June near the north entrance to the park at Gardiner, Montana.

Comfort Station Doors And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Throughout the National Park System, and other public lands across the nation, arguably the most popular facilities are also the most utilitarian: comfort stations. They come in a variety of styles, from modern to rustic, but one good rule applies to them all—please keep the outside door closed. Failing to do so can lead to some classic examples of the Law of Unintended Consequences.

California Condor Pair Thought To Have Hatched A Chick In Zion National Park

In what would be a milestone for the California condor recovery program, biologists believe a pair of the large birds has hatched a chick high in the cliffs of Zion National Park.