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Ramsay Cascades Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Temporarily Closed

Storm damage to a footbridge that crosses Ramsey Prong in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will force closure of the Ramsey Cascades Trail into late April.

Snowpack Points To Bodacious White-Water Rafting Season In Southwestern National Parks

With March typically one of the snowier months of the year in the Rocky Mountains, the coming summer float season on rivers through Dinosaur National Monument, Canyonlands National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park will be something to rave about.

More Than 400 Stream Miles In Grand Teton, Yellowstone Added To Wild And Scenic River System

One of the West's great rivers is the Snake, which forms in Yellowstone National Park and flows on through Grand Teton National Park. While it's reputation is known, now more than 400 miles of the tributaries that feed the Snake's headwaters are being protected as part of the national wild and scenic river system.

Grizzly Bears Stirring In Yellowstone National Park

Spring can't be far off, as grizzly bears are starting to stir in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, a development that hikers, skiers, and snowshoers should take note of.

Railroad Receives Permission To Do Avalanche Control At Glacier National Park

That booming sound you hear near the southern boundary of Glacier National Park could be from explosives used to do avalanche control above the tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks.

Wildfire In Shenandoah Caused By Illegal Campfire

A wildfire that flared up in Shenandoah National Park was caused by an illegal campfire that wasn't doused, park officials say.

Authorities Looking For Who Stole Historic Glass Window From Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Wanted: A very meticulous thief who managed to take a 4-foot-by-1-foot window from a historic cabin in the Elkmont Historic District in Great Smoky Mountains National Park without breaking a pane.

Burl Thieves Prompt Nighttime Road Closure At Redwood National And State Parks

National parks face plenty of challenges from crooks determined to steal everything from cacti at Saguaro National Park to ginseng from the Blue Ridge Parkway, but a growing problem at Redwood National and State Parks takes plant thievery to a whole new level. Poaching of burls from redwood trees is destroying the huge trees, and had led to the nighttime closure of a road in the park
Philanthropy and the National Park Service National park partners -- friends groups and cooperating associations -- are integral to the health of the National Park System in these days of economic malaise and political dogfighting. But is the National Park Service properly leveraging, or even monitoring, those groups? Not according to a book examining park philanthropy.

Voyageurs National Park Receives $150,000 Grant From Key Partner Organization

The importance of partner organizations to National Park Service areas becomes increasingly important every year in the face of ongoing budget challenges, and Voyageurs National Park offers an excellent example of such support. The Voyageurs National Park Association has announced a three year Landmark Grant that totals $150,000 in assistance for a variety of needs.

Reader Participation Day: What Deviations From National Park Standards Have You Seen?

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Readers Participation Day. The National Park Service has many standards in its interactions with visitors. Have you seen deviations from them? Do they bother you?

Where Will Spring Find You In The National Park System?

Where will you turn up in the National Park System this spring? Our friends at Eastern National have the following suggestions for you to consider.

Congress Passes Wilderness Bill For Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Halfway To Withdrawing Lands Near Glacier National Park From Leasing

With a simple voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation to set aside 32,500 acres of official wilderness at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and to further protect Glacier National Park from oil and gas exploration.

President's FY15 Budget Proposal For National Park Service Requests Slight Increase

President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget contains a slight, $55 million increase for the National Park Service, though that number could swell to more than $650 million if Congress goes along with the president's vision.

Photography In The National Parks: Telling A Story With Your Photos

The photographs you take while visiting a national park tell a story to your viewers, with or without accompanying words, as explained in this Big Bend tale by Rebecca Latson.

The Power Of A 4-Year-Old: Connecting Grand Teton National Park Visitors

A 4-year-old whose love for Grand Teton National Park was instilled in him by visits there with his grandfather has managed to connect a stream of park visitors through a journal he left in a bear box donated in his name.

National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity

How far the national parks have come, from being described in the 19th century as unproductive wastelands to get congressional approval to now being described as economic engines that are behind nearly $27 billion in business.

More Than Half Of Canada's National Park Infrastructure In Poor Condition

An analysis of infrastructure across Canada's national park system says nearly 50 percent of the structures -- including roads, dams, and historic buildings -- are in poor condition.

Watering The Parks: Filling Stations At Biscayne National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Plastic water bottles are taking a hit at Biscayne National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where water filling stations have been installed with a goal of reducing plastic waste.

Mammoth Cave National Park Campgrounds Set To Open

Park campgrounds and picnic areas in Mammoth Cave National Park are beginning to open for the season.