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Guest Column| Defending The Science That Explains Climate Change

Adam Markham, director of climate impacts for the Union of Concerned Scientists' Climate and Energy Program and a co-author of the report “National Landmarks at Risk," has written the following rebuttal to Dr. Daniel B. Botkin's column on climate change and his thoughts on what is, and isn't, driving it.

Mystery Photo Revealed: It's The Old Man In The Lake!

Travelers to Crater Lake National Park could tell the Old Man of the Lake when they spotted it.

Many Yellowstone National Park Roads About To Close For Winter To Wheeled Traffic

With October nearing an end, so are your days for driving your own vehicle into Yellowstone National Park.

Twenty-One-Year-Old New York Woman Named As Suspect In "Creepytings" Vandalism In Western Parks

A 21-year-old New York woman, Casey Nocket, was identified Wednesday by the National Park Service as the prime suspect involved in painting images on rock outcrops in at least eight Western national parks.

Instagramming Park Vandal Is Just The Latest To Hit The National Parks And Show-Off Their Crimes

A carefree New Yorker who left acrylic calling cards on the landscape of at least 10 national parks is just the latest vandal to "show-off" her work via Social Media channels. Another scofflaw recently entered a guilty plea to illegal behavior in Yosemite National Park that he, too, showcased via Instragram, a form of self-promotion that provided investigators with the clues they needed to land a conviction.

Big Bend National Park's "Good Neighbor Day" A Success Despite Remote Location

Finding ways to get students to parks is an ongoing challenge, especially with school budgets for field trips facing cuts in many areas. Those difficulties are even greater in places like Big Bend National Park, since it's many a mile to the nearest town. Thanks to help from partner organizations, a recent "Good Neighbor Day" at Big Bend attracted a nice crowd, and many of those attending were first-time visitors.
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon In 1983 the Glen Canyon Dam was poised to fail, but high waters through the Grand Canyon led three veteran boatmen to attempt a speed-run down the Colorado River under a full moon.

Photo For Social Media Goes Awry And Ends In Rescue At Yosemite National Park

Whether you use social media or still rely on old fashioned snapshots, you've probably seen—and perhaps participated in—a picture of a group doing something slightly goofy during trip to a park. Occasionally, such attempts for an unusual pose go awry, and that was the case recently at Yosemite National Park. The end result was a painful injury and litter carry out for the subject of the photo.

Photography In The National Parks: Don't Let The Weather Get You Down

In Yellowstone National Park today the wind was blowing cold air, snow and rain into my face as I stood in Lamar Valley and watched as the “new” Lamar Canyon pack, two adults and six pups, made their first public appearance in their valley. The pack visited an old carcass, ran, played and hunted a 7-point bull elk.

Higher Entrance Fees Proposed For Cape Cod National Seashore

Proposed entrance fees floated by Cape Cod National Seashore officials, if approved, would boost the cost of driving into the seashore in your car by one-third. The rise would be even steeper if you came in on foot or bike or on a motorcycle.

Energy Saving Projects Implemented In National Parks In Greater Washington, D.C., Region

The National Park Service is investing $29 million in 81 individual energy efficiency and water conservation projects at national parks throughout the greater Washington region. This unprecedented commitment to reducing energy use and generating energy from renewable sources is the largest to date among the nine bureaus in the Department of the Interior.

It's Physics: Why Smaller Backpackers Can Carry Heavy Packs

Physics seems to have an answer for just about everything. How else could you explain why smaller backpackers can carry rather large backpacks?

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Honored By NPCA

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk, who was able to end years of litigation over a winter-use plan for the park, has been honored by the National Parks Conservation Association for his achievements during a nearly four-decade career with the National Park Service.

Horse Group Agrees To Maintain Some Trails At Mammoth Cave National Park

A horsemen's organization in Kentucky has stepped up to help maintain trails at Mammoth Cave National Park.

Guest Column|Climate Is Changing, And Some Parks Are Endangered, But Humans Aren't The Cause

For those of us who love our national parks and are confronted daily with media, politicians, and pundits warning us of a coming global-warming disaster, it’s only natural to ask what that warming will mean for our national parks. This is exactly what the well- known Union of Concerned Scientists discuss in their recent report, National Landmarks at Risk: How Rising Seas, Floods, and Wildfires Are Threatening the UnitedStates’Most Cherished Historic Sites.

Fire At Flight 93 National Memorial Destroyed Hundreds Of Valuable Items, Many Others Saved

A fire of undetermined cause that swept through three buildings at Flight 93 National Memorial earlier this month destroyed hundreds, if not thousands, of valuable items, including personal items recovered from the crash scene.

RV Village At Lake Mead National Recreation Area Named One Of Most Scenic In America

When it comes to outstanding scenery and RV campgrounds, it's hard to beat the views from the RV Village at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada.

150th Sand Creek Massacre Remembrance Event At The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

This November 29 marks the 150th year since the Sand Creek Massacre was carried out. On that fateful day, regiments of Colorado (U.S.) Volunteer Cavalry attacked a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho village along the Big Sandy Creek. The surprise attack resulted in the deaths of approximately 200 men, women and children. Those who lost their lives will be remembered as part of the commemoration activities planned at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site throughout the day.

Congressman: Don't Raise National Park Entrance Fees, Offer More Recreational Opportunities

National park managers should not be proposing higher entrances fees, according to U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, who thinks the parks should boost traffic by offering "recreational opportunities" in the parks.

Study: Yellowstone National Park's Grizzly Bears Can Adapt Diet To Changing Climate

For years, many conservationists have worried what grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem will eat as changing climate and habitat conditions bring fewer whitebark pine nuts, cutthroat trout and other prime food sources. A recent study offers an answer: almost anything else.

Congressman Criticizes Cape Lookout National Seashore's Proposed ORV Plan

A draft plan aimed at managing off-road vehicles at Cape Lookout National Seashore has been severely criticized by a congressman, who said there's no justification to either charge an $80 permit fee or restrict where ORVs can go on the national seashore.

Add Rocky Mountain National Park To The List Of Parks Hit By Painting Vandal

You apparently can add Rocky Mountain National Park to the list of parks where a New York artist felt inclined to paint images on rock outcrops

Video Records Hikers' Reactions To A Bear At Glacier National Park

How do park visitors react when they see a bear in the wild? The answers are all over the proverbial map, depending on the specific situation. Last summer, a visitor used a cell phone camera to record an encounter with a bruin by a group of hikers on a trail near Logan Pass, in Glacier National Park. The short video offers some interesting insights in human, and bear, behavior.

Requiem For A Glacier: Time To Say Goodbye To Lyell Glacier In Yosemite National Park?

Is it time to start a pool over when the Lyell Glacier in Yosemite National Park is no longer classified as a glacier? Or when it vanishes from the landscape? Those are good questions to ask, as the glacier, the second largest in the Sierra Nevada according to the National Park Service, is continuing to shrink.

Mystery Photo: Water And Wood, But No Fire....Currently

Time to put your thinking caps on travelers, and come up with not only the answer to what this is, but where in the park system it is. Of course, if you get the first answer, you'll have the second, as well.

There's An Artist On The Loose Defacing National Parks

A wandering artist with an affinity for using slices of national parks for her palettes, an apparent disregard for the law, and a penchant for documenting her works via social media channels, has drawn the attention of the National Park Service.

Reader Participation Day: How Do You Mix Parks And Politics?

Do national park-related issues affect your decisions at the ballot box?

More Fee Proposals From National Parks, Including One For A $20 Day Pass

National parks around the country continue to push out proposals to increase fees in an effort to fund their operations. Among the latest proposals is one for a $20 day pass at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Finding Fall Color In Unexpected Places

Many areas in the National Park System are famous for autumn color, and visitors flock to places like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Acadia National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park to enjoy the seasonal palette of natural beauty. There are, however, some other parks where fall color can be either a surprise—or a favorite destination for savvy travelers.

Birding In The National Parks: Where Is It Appropriate To Bird?

I generally don’t have a problem wondering whether or not it’s a good time to bird. If no other duty calls, I’ve got binoculars in hand. I’ve certainly had birding as a top priority on every visit to a national park. Yet, on a dreary day in Pennsylvania last week, I visited a national park and wasn’t sure if wanted to bird, or even if I should consider it.