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Kids Think Highly of Our National Parks

Judging from the winners in the National Park Foundation's 2007 Junior Ranger essay contest, school children across the country think a lot about our national parks.

‘Study Group’ Meets to Determine fate of Yellowstone National Park’s East Entrance

Yellowstone National Park officials met earlier this week with several representatives from Wyoming to discuss the options at their disposal for bombing snow-covered mountain slopes in our nation’s first national park. Why? To keep it clear of avalanche danger for the handful of snowmobiles and snowcoaches that enter the park through Sylvan Pass on the park’s east side each day during the winter season.

It's Time to Book Your Summer National Park Vacation

It's only January, the Super Bowl has yet to be played, and the Rocky Mountain states are up to their necks in snow. Sooooooo, it must be time to book your summer national park vacation.

Strange Bedfellows: The National Park Service and the American Recreation Coalition

It's nice to have your cake and eat it too, isn't it? Of course it is. But it's not always appropriate, is it? Take the National Park Service. One of its main jobs is to preserve beautiful places. Can it adequately do that if it cozies up to industries that pollute those places?

Is Mining Threatening Our National Parks in Alaska?

The history of mining in Alaska has left a legacy of pollution and other harmful negative impacts to our lands and waters, including those now protected within our National Park System. While some of these old mines are now being cleaned up, others are creating new problems.

Despite All the Talk About A Bountiful NPS Budget, Not All National Parks Doing Well

We've heard lots about how bountiful the National Park Service's 2008 budget is thanks to the Bush administration. Well, don't let that talk make you think all is great across the park system.

Winter Visits to the National Parks

Planning a national park visit during the winter months is not as easy as it might seem. Do you pack your long johns, or your swimsuit?

Send A Bison Valentine To Your Sweetie And Help Yellowstone's Herds

I've got to hand it to the Buffalo Field Campaign, the group that doesn't believe shooting bison is a smart way to manage Yellowstone National Park's bison herds. The folks there are always thinking of innovative ways to raise money for their efforts.

The Insanity Behind the Christmas Mountains Sale

The debate over whether the National Park Service should be allowed to buy the Christmas Mountains for an addition to Big Bend National Park should not be dominated by the personality and rigid mindset of pro-gun Texas land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. So says the Dallas Morning News.

Using Controlled Burns To Manage Stones River National Battlefield

When "controlled burns" are mentioned in the national park system, most thoughts turn to the big, sprawling Western parks, such as Zion, Yellowstone and Yosemite. But using fire as a management tool also is beneficial at places such as Stones River National Battlefield in Tennessee.

Fishers Return to Olympic National Park

Like springs unsprung the fishers bolted from their boxes and vanished into the forests of Olympic National Park's Elwha Valley, carrying hopes that they would reestablish one of the region's long-lost residents.

Park History: Rocky Mountain National Park

Though a relatively short drive from Denver, and joined at the hip to the bustling gateway town of Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park is a pretty wild place.

Why Did The Park Service Agree To Secret Meetings Over Yellowstone Snowmobiling?

Yellowstone National Park officials plan to meet in private with representatives from the state of Wyoming and the town of Cody to discuss snowmobiling over Sylvan Pass. Does that mesh with Park Service Director Mary Bomar's pledge of transparency?

How Many Tourists are Too Many in the Yosemite Valley?

When last we visited the legal wranglings over Yosemite National Park's Merced River Plan, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had taken under advisement arguments over just how far the Park Service most go to meet federal laws.

Another Snake Story from Everglades National Park

How do you remove a python from your rig's engine block? That was the problem a visitor to Everglades National Park recently encountered. The solution is not as simple as you might think.

Paw Print Another Sign That Wolves Might Be Returning to Rocky Mountain National Park

A paw print 4 inches across is a tantalizing piece of evidence that indicates gray wolves just might be returning on their own to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Park History: Acadia National Park

Spend any time in Acadia National Park during the summer and early fall and you'll understand why the "rusticators" descended on the park in the mid-1800s.
Super Volcano: The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park Quite a bit has been written on the geologic underpinnings of Yellowstone National Park, particularly the aspect of the park sitting atop a gigantic volcano. The latest window into this world, from Greg Breining, is a good read for the lay volcanologist with an interest in the park.

Elephant Seals Returning to Point Reyes National Seashore For Breeding

They're big, the males are ugly, and it's best to keep your distance. Yep, it's time for the Northern elephant seals to breed and pup at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Controlled Flood Proposed for the Colorado River Through Grand Canyon National Park

What in essence would be a controlled flood is being proposed for the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park.

NPCA Asks Secretary Kempthorne Not To Change Gun Regs in National Parks

National Parks Conservation Association President Tom Kiernan has asked Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne not to change regulations pertaining to guns in the national parks.
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Association of National Park Rangers Opposes Change in Park Gun Regulations

You can add the Association of National Park Rangers to the groups that oppose a change in gun laws to allow concealed weapons to be carried legally in the national park system.

How Good is the Cross-Country Skiing at Acadia National Park?

Want in on a secret? Acadia National Park is not merely a three-season park. Indeed, winter can be quite wonderful in this maritime setting, as storms can coat Mount Desert Island with a layer of snow thick enough for cross-country skiing.

A Winter Visit to Grand Canyon National Park's Phantom Ranch

Grand Canyon; Owen Hoffman photo.
From the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, the first view of Phantom Ranch reveals that the trees, Fremont cottonwoods, do not know that it's winter.

Climate Change and the National Parks

Climate change slowly is changing the landscape of America’s national parks. As temperatures warm and storm traits alter, ecosystem change is anticipated and expected to carry a range of impacts.

NPCA Keeping An Eye on Utah Tar Sands Developments

U.S. Bureau of Land Management efforts to spur development of "tar sands" in Utah near several national park units are being watched by the National Parks Conservation Association.

National Park Status Proposed for Oregon, West Virginia State Parks

In what surely is an uncanny coincidence, there are proposals to turn state parks in Oregon and West Virginia that are built around waterfalls into national parks.

Great Basin National Park's Air Could Be Compromised By Proposed Power Plant

Great Basin National Park, which boasts the cleanest air of any park in the Lower 48, could lose that distinction if a coal-fired power plant is allowed to go on-line as proposed just 38 miles northwest of the park.
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Tiny Lizard That Calls Death Valley National Park Home Could Be Added to ESA List

A small lizard that skitters about Death Valley National Park might soon gain protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Tar Sands Development Could Impact Canyonlands National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Glen Canyon NRA

A natural resources juxtapositonal twist of fate has placed the spectacular Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in close proximity to an energy deposit whose extraction could sully the park units.