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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.

National Park Service Places $3.5 Million Value On Intellectual Property At Yosemite National Park

National Park Service officials have placed a $3.5 million value on the intellectual property rights attached to names of lodges in Yosemite National Park, a fraction of the $51 million valuation claimed by Delaware North Co.

National Park System Visitation Was Up More Than 20 Million In 2014, To A Record 294 Million

Whether it was due to lower gas costs, better weather, or an improving economy, the bottom line for the National Park System for 2014 was impressive: An increase of more than 20 million visitors over 2013 levels, for a record total of 294 million, according to unofficial statistics.

Paddle The Smith River With Redwood National Park Rangers This Summer

For a limited time in summer, Redwood National and State Parks presents kayak tours of the Smith River—a crown jewel of the National Wild & Scenic River System and the largest free-flowing river system in California.

Bryce Canyon National Park Gets OK To Built Multi-Use Visitor Path

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah has been given the go-ahead to built a multi-use pathway from Bryce Canyon City into the park.

Year-Long Centennial Celebration At Rocky Mountain National Park Ramping Up

Though the actual 100th "birthday" for Rocky Mountain National Park doesn't arrive until September, the park is ramping up its year-long celebration with a number of special programs in the coming weeks.

Dinosaur National Monument Creates Logo To Celebrate Its Centennial

To help spread the word and celebrate its centennial, the staff at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado has created a logo to mark the occasion.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Changes Firewood Rules To Protect Forests

In a further step to help protect the forests of Great Smoky Mountains National Park from non-native insect pests, park officials beginning in March will only allow heat-treated firewood that has been certified by the USDA or a state agriculture department, and dead and down wood collected from the park's forests, to be used in campgrounds.

National Park Service Will Review Trademark Applications Filed In Connection With Grand Canyon Businesses

Efforts by Xanterra Parks & Resorts to trademark the names of commercial businesses on the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona will be examined by the National Park Service once their applications are published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for review.