Dinosaur National Monument
A section of the Jones Hole Trail in Dinosaur National Monument remains closed to hikers and anglers until geologists can determine whether a cliffside has stabilized after releasing several rock slides last month.
A blast of unseasonally hot air, coupled with extremely dry forests, has led to fire restrictions being put into effect at Rocky Mountain National Park and Dinosaur National Monument.
Crews were gaining the upper hand Monday on a fire at Rocky Mountain National Park, while teams were dispatched to battle a backcountry blaze at Dinosaur National Monument. Meanwhile, a search for a missing visitor at Mesa Verde National Park was scaled back, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe was moving closer to managing the southern half of Badlands National Park.
As the country endeavors to become more and more energy independent, new techniques for extracting oil and gas from beneath the landscape are greatly expanding the footprint of energy exploration in the country. These efforts have greatly increased the production of oil and natural gas in the United States, and they also are creating problems when the drilling operations turn up on the doorsteps of national parks.
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A poll of Western attitudes on the environment shows some disagreement with politicians over public lands stewardship and energy generation.
Folks who run the Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument access the river at Deerlodge Park, and if you've been down that road lately you know it's a bit bumpy. Monument officials want to improve that condition with a rehabilitation project.
Seldom Seen Smith has to be rolling his eyes, and George Hayduke just might be thinking of calling the Monkey Wrench Gang back together. Why? A voluminous Interior Department report looking at how best to manage precious water resources in the Colorado River Basin largely ignores national parks the river flows through.
With Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, vague on details concerning his plans for reducing the federal deficit and shrinking government, speculation is running heavy, and it's not encouraging for the National Park System.
With black bears in Dinosaur National Monument working to put on pounds for the winter, monument officials have moved to close two backcountry campsites to prevent human encounters with the hungry bruins.
A black bear that began acting too comfortable with humans and their meals in DInosaur National Monument has been put down by park staff.
A number of national parks are clustered around some of the 10 rivers whose health is being threatened by mining operations, pollution, dredging, proposed dams, and other impacts that American Rivers found them deserving to be listed as America's Most Endangered Rivers.