Katmai National Park and Preserve

National Park Service Proposing Hunting Restrictions In Alaskan Units

The National Park Service, responding to the state of Alaska's liberalized hunting seasons for predators, is proposing to shorten the hunting seasons in some of its units in the state.

Photography In The National Parks: My Five Favorite Images Of 2013

Of all the photos you've taken during your 2013 national park visits, do you have any particular favorites? Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson has chosen five of her own favorites and explains why they are favorites.

What You Didn't Know About Katmai National Park: Its Rich Archaeological History

Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska is world-renowned for its brown bears that while away their days fishing in the Brooks River. But the park also has a rich archaeological history, one that shows human life there dating back at least 4,500 years.

Katmai National Park Camping Reservations Added To Recreation.gov

Another national park has added its camping reservations system to the recreation.gov portal. At Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, this means you can go online to reserve campsites at Brooks Camp and other destinations in the park.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Lowepro Flipside 500 AW Backpack

Love at first sight: A photographer's connection with Lowepro's Flipside 500 AW backpack.

Photography In The National Parks: Landscapes Of Katmai National Park And Preserve

For the most part, a visit to Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska, is going to be either for the sport fishing or the bear photography. Usually, not much is mentioned regarding landscape photography within the park. That being said, there *are* all sorts of landscape photo ops waiting to be captured within that amazing place.

Photography In The National Parks: The Bears Of Katmai

“Walk quickly!” the ranger urgently called out to the two of us as we were halfway across the floating bridge between Brooks Lodge and the Lower Platform. Without another word, my fellow photo tour attendee and I hefted our tripods with supertelephotos attached and “walked (very) quickly” across to the opposite gate nearest the platform before they closed down the bridge for a morning “bear jam.”

Exploring The Parks: Brooks Lodge And The Bears Of Katmai National Park

Last month I joined up with Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris for a tour to photograph the coastal brown bears (Ursus arctos) of Katmai National Park, Alaska. It was an experience of a lifetime for me and one I so enjoyed that I am hoping to return in 2014.

Is National Park Service Embarking On A Bridge Too Far, And Costly, At Katmai National Park?

Though funding has not yet been identified, the National Park Service is proposing to build a bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve that could cost upwards of $7.4 million.

Politicians, Staff Heading To National Parks During Congressional Recess

Denali National Park and Preserve seems to be quite popular this August with congressional staffers, though a number of other parks also are destinations for politicians and their staff during the August recess.

Katmai National Park And Preserve Officials Reviewing Sport Hunting Guidelines

National Park Service officials are reviewing their sport hunting guidelines for Katmai National Preserve, where some have compared hunting brown bears to shooting fish in a barrel.

Issue Of Hunting Brown Bears At Katmai National Preserve Arises Again

Four years ago we brought you a video that touched more than a few nerves. The subject was hunting brown bears in Katmai National Preserve and raised the question of whether it was really sporting or ethical. While the resulting uproar died down, it's creeping up again as Park Service officials seek public comment on a proposal to allow two sport-hunting guide businesses to operate in the preserve.

National Park Service Implementing "Flight Following" Technology in Alaska, Perhaps Nation-wide

"Flight following" technology, which can help dispatchers keep an eye on the whereabouts of aircraft, is being required aboard all National Park Service aircraft, or any aircraft carrying Park Service personnel, in Alaska, and soon could be required throughout the National Park System.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Brown Bears In Katmai National Park and Preserve

Perhaps the biggest stage for bears in the National Park System these days is Brooks Camp at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, where July is a great month for viewing bears fishing the Brooks River there.

What's Real And What's Not Behind Reality TV's Nature Shows?

Have you ever wondered what's real, and what's not, in those reality TV shows that take you into the backcountry to explore survival? Well, read on.

Research Fellowships Being Offered at National Parks In Alaska

The National Park Service is currently accepting applications for research fellowships in national parks and preserves in Alaska.

Looking Back On 2010 Across the National Park System

What were the top stories across the National Park System in 2010? There were more than a few, ranging from the tragic loss of three Katmai National Park and Preserve employees to a small-plane crash to the ongoing controversy over whether birds, turtles and off-road vehicles can co-exist at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Let's take a look back through the year at some of the stories.

Despite Remote Location, Katmai National Park and Preserve Is Economic Boon to Alaska

Despite its remote location in southern Alaska, Katmai National Park and Preserve packs a surprising economic clout for the state, generating nearly $40 million a year, according to a study.

Debris of Plane Missing Over Katmai National Park and Preserve Spotted, No Survivors Seen

Wreckage from a plane that went missing over Katmai National Park and Preserve in August was spotted Tuesday on the park's northern coast. Park Service officials said there was no indication that its four occupants survived the crash.

Thanks Extended For Efforts to Find Plane Missing Over Katmai National Park and Preserve

Nearly a month has passed since a single-wing float plane with four on board vanished over Katmai National Park and Preserve. While the official search has been scaled back, private efforts are continuing to locate the aircraft.

Search Being Scaled Back For Missing Plane Over Katmai National Park

After two weeks of searching without spotting a clue, National Park Service officials on Friday announced that they were scaling back efforts in the hunt across massive Katmai National Park and Preserve for a lost plane and its four occupants.

Search Goes On For Missing Plane Over Katmai National Park

Favorable weather again greeted searchers Thursday as they headed off into the skies over Katmai National Park and Preserve, anxious to find any sign of a plane that went missing nearly two weeks ago.

Cost of Search for Missing Plane Over Katmai National Park and Preserve Approaching $1 Million

A mixed bag of weather Tuesday limited the unrelenting search in Katmai National Park and Preserve for a missing plane and its four occupants, according to National Park Service personnel.

Could Joe Miller Really Force the Federal Government to Hand Over Denali National Park to Alaska?

Alaska's latest political upstart, Joe Miller, wants to go Wyoming Gov. David Freudenthal one better. While Governor Freudenthal had threatened to sell state lands within Grand Teton National Park to the highest bidder, Mr. Miller wants the federal government to turn over all national parks to the Alaskan government.

Updated: Improving Weather Aids in Search for Missing Plane at Katmai National Park

Though good weather returned to Katmai National Park and Preserve on Monday, searchers again failed to detect any trace of a single-engine plane that vanished nine days ago on a flight to retrieve a work crew from a remote shore.

Weather Conditions Continuing To Hamper Search Efforts For Missing Katmai National Park Plane

Shifting weather conditions -- from good to bad to good again -- have hampered search efforts for a plane missing for more than a week over Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Deterioriating Weather Conditions Affecting Search For Missing Plane at Katmai National Park and Preserve

An approaching low front that was spreading clouds and rain across Katmai National Park and Preserve was hampering search efforts Friday for a missing plane and its four occupants.

Search For Missing Plane in Katmai National Park and Preserve Has Covered 17,500 Miles

Searchers returned to the skies over Katmai National Park and Preserve on Thursday as the hunt for a missing plane and its four occupants moved into its sixth day.

Still No Sign of Missing Plane In Katmai National Park After Four Days of Searching

As searchers continued to come up empty in their effort to find a plane with four occupants aboard that vanished on a flight from Katmai National Park and Preserve, officials Wednesday reoriented the searching to a more typical grid pattern.
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