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Rocks Mountain Fire At Shenandoah National Park Spreads To More Than 100 Acres

The Rocks Mountain Fire in Shenandoah National Park had spread to more than 100 acres Saturday, and nearly 60 firefighters were working the wildfire.

Repairs To Ocracoke Facilities Under Way At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Work finally is under way to repair damage Hurricane Sandy inflicted on the National Park Service facilties at Ocracoke in Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Alaska Fish And Game Employees Kill Entire Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve Wolf Pack

Alaska Fish and Game Department employees, who in the past have gunned down wolves that roam outside of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, have wiped out an entire pack that has claimed the preserve as part of its territory.

Wildfire Closes Trails In Shenandoah National Park

A wildfire estimated to cover about 70 acres was reported in the South District of Shenandoah National Park on Friday and forced the closure of hiking trails in the immediate area. The Skyline Drive, however, remained open, park officials said.

2013 National Park Visitation Slipped To 273.6 Million

Visitation to the 401 units of the National Park System last year slipped to 273.6 million, a drop of 9.1 million visitors from the 282.7 million counted in 2012.

Lobbying 101: The Making Of Mount Rushmore Offers Some "Do's" And "Don'ts"

Our National Park System now includes over 300 units, and none of them would be in existence today without the energetic efforts of individuals or organizations to secure the necessary authorization and funding. Such efforts are known as "lobbying," and the story behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial includes both a very creative approach for gaining a President's support...and a good example of what not to do in the halls of Washington.

Redwood National Park Reopens Tall Trees Access Road

While closed much of last year and early this year due to mandatory budget cuts, the Tall Trees Access Road in Redwood National Park was scheduled to reopen today.

Largest Known Landslide On Earth Since 2010 Occurs At Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve protects 3,283,000 acres of spectacular Alaskan scenery, so even some pretty spectacular geologic events in remote sections of the park can go unnoticed for a while. Thanks to remote sensing equipment, however, scientists have confirmed that "largest known landslide on Earth since 2010" occurred in the park earlier this month.

Acadia Night Sky Festival Looking For Entries In Poster Contest

If you have an artistic side, you might consider entering the competition for a 2014 edition poster promoting this year's Acadia Night Sky Festival in and around Acadia National Park.

Media Campaign Enlists Big Names In Battle Against Illegal Wildlife Trade

Familiar names and faces are used around the world to sell every imaginable type of product to consumers, so conservation groups are turning to the same approach to try to help save wildlife such as elephants and rhinos. The long-term survival of the animals, which are a big draw for tourists to national parks in Africa and Asia, is threatened by a growing illicit trade in wildlife products.

Reader Participation Day: How Would You Design A National Park?

If you were given a blank piece of paper, and asked to design a national park, what would you consider to be indispensable?

Skeletal Remains Found In Grand Canyon National Park

Skeletal remains found in Grand Canyon National Park possibly are those of a man who vanished in the canyon four years ago, according to park officials.

Bats Infected With White-Nose Syndrome Found In Tour Routes At Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park officials say bats infected with a deadly disease have been found in sections of the cave open to public tours.

Quagga Mussel Infestation Greater Than Feared At Lake Powell In Glen Canyon NRA

Dropping water levels at Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area have revealed a much greater infestation of quagga mussels in the reservoir than previously thought.

Birding In The National Parks: Where Are The Birds In Wilderness?

A fascinating post appeared at the American Birding Association’s young birders’ blog, The Eyrie, last week. You can read it here, but if you’re short on time, here’s the digest version: Birders don’t often bird true wilderness because wilderness is less birdy than fragmented and disturbed habitat often is.

Seasonal Climbing Closures Coming To Zion National Park

Climbing routes on cliffs used by nesting Peregrine Falcons in Zion National Park will be temporarily closed beginning March 1 to protect the nesting success of this bird, which is in recovery from “endangered species” status.

Corn From A Jar: Moonshining In The Great Smoky Mountains

Corn from a Jar book cover
Corn from a Jar: Moonshining in the Great Smoky Mountains by Daniel S. Pierce traces the history of moonshining from its beginning in the U.S. to current, legal moonshining. Dr. Pierce humanizes moonshiners as sober, folks trying to provide for their families.

Zion National Park Completes Management Plan For Virgin River And Its Tributaries In Park

Zion National Park has completed a plan to guide management actions and visitor use on the Virgin River and its tributaries.

Yosemite National Park Planners, Critics, At Odds Over Merced River Plan

Were Frederick Law Olmstead, or his son, alive today, they likely would much prefer the view of Yosemite National Park from their namesake overlook along the Tioga Pass Road, and not from the floor of the Yosemite Valley.

Snow, You Say? Mount Rainier National Park Has Received More Than 6' This Past Week

While the Plains states and Northeast have been drubbed again and again by winter in recent weeks, they've got nothing on Mount Rainier National Park. In the past week the park has received more than 6 feet of snow at Paradise.