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Study Says Pythons Behind Startling Declines In Common Mammals in Everglades National Park

Non-native Burmese pythons, which are exploding in number across Everglades National Park, are being blamed for "precipitous declines" in mammals that once were commonly seen in parts of the park, according to a study.

Survey of Western Attitudes Shows Strong Support for National Parks, Clean Environment

A survey of Westerners shows overwhelming support for conservation of the landscape, with strong pluralities agreeing that "national parks, forests, monuments and wildlife areas, are an essential part" of their state economies.

National Parks Conservation Association Launches Blog

The National Parks Conservation Association has entered the blogosphere to help you keep track of key issues confronting the National Park System.

Eastern National Recognizes National Park Service Staff For Their Support

Eastern National, a non-profit organization that works to enhance the interpretation of the National Park System, was started by a group of park rangers back in 1947. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that the organization is applauding current Park Service staff who have helped it with interpretation and supporting Eastern National in the parks.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Visitors Biggest Spenders In National Park System

Visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park leave quite a bit behind when they head home after visiting the park. In fact, a study shows that in 2010 the park's 9 million or so visitors spent more than $818 million in gateway communities surrounding the national park.
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Birding in The National Parks: Bald Eagles No Longer A Ghost Bird in the National Parks

I lowered my binoculars and muttered, “Oh, it’s just another eagle.” With that statement I recognized a few years ago that I officially had started taking Bald Eagles for granted.

Microbe Discovered in Death Valley National Park May Have Important Uses

Knowledge gained from the study of a new strain of magnetotactic bacteria recently discovered in Death Valley's Badwater Basin could have important biotechnology and nanotechnology applications.

TRACK Trails Offer Nationwide Weapon Against “Nature Deficit Disorder”

A new grant appears likely to popularize outdoor education and exercise for families with national franchising of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's TRACK Trails concept.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Look To Boost Lodging at Old Faithful Complex

Yellowstone National Park officials are proposing to boost lodging space at the Old Faithful Complex by turning 67 cabins that once were eyed for removal into nightly units during the summer season.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Partners Develop Program To Strengthen Connections With Surrounding Community

For many national parks, their best partners are their neighbors in surrounding communities. With that in mind, the folks at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are working with Friends of the Smokies and the Great Smoky Mountain Association to strengthen connections with leaders in surrounding communities.

Money Found To Finish Restoration of Bodie Island Light at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Not quite a year after restoration of the Bodie Island Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore was halted due to unforeseen problems, nearly $2 million has been obtained to finish the project.

What's the Word at Chiricahua National Monument After Last Summer's Major Wildfire?

The news last summer from Chiricahua National Monument wasn't encouraging—a major wildfire was burning across much of the park known as the "Wonderland of Rocks." How did the park fare, and what's the situation for visitors today? Here's an update from a recent trip to the area.

Bus Bust at Petrified Forest National Park Nets Stolen Wood - and a Lot More

The theft of petrified wood is an ongoing problem at Petrified Forest National Park, so it was gratifying to learn that a tip from a visitor resulted in the apprehension of a group of thieves earlier this month. The bust of the group traveling in a converted school bus also netted some other items of considerable interest to authorities.

If You're In Hawaii, Check Out Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's Program On Volcanic Air Pollution

If you're lucky enough to be in Hawaii next week, swing by Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on Tuesday to learn about "natural" air pollution, the volcanic gases and other volcanic air pollution spewed from Kīlauea.

National Park Mystery Spot 34 Revealed: Up the Creek

You can't get this one right if you can't see the forest for the trees.

Zion National Park Adding New Restrooms In Watchman Campground

Can you ever have enough restrooms in a national campground? If your answer is "no," then you'll be happy to hear that three new "comfort stations" are being built at the Watchman Campground in Zion National Park.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site Planning Activities For Winter School Break

With winter breaks arriving for many school systems in February, it's not too early to begin mapping out ways to keep your kids occupied. If you live in Massachusetts or nearby, one solution is to head to Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

Blue Ridge Parkway Digital History Now Online

A new Web site rounds up remarkable visual resources about the history of the most popular unit of America's National Park System.

National Park Mystery Spot 34: Focusing Too Much on the Details

If details are all you glean, the overall pattern may not be seen.

We've Added The Blue Ridge Parkway To Our Collection of Essential Park Guides

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a globally recognized icon of the American landscape. Stretches of road elsewhere in the United States may indeed be spectacular, but nothing matches this manicured, uniquely uncommercialized, half a thousand mile thoroughfare through the lofty heart of America’s first frontier.

Money Allocated To Plan Extension of "Red Canyon Trail" To Bryce Canyon National Park

A $5,000 "in-kind" grant from the federal Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program will allow for development of a plan to extend the "Red Canyon Trail" to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

Talking About Video Games, History, And Teens At America's Summit On National Parks

Thirteen hours at America's Summit on National Parks raised questions about video games as an enticement, in-park history lessons, and how the economy affects affection for the national parks.

Reader Participation Day: What Was Your Most Surprising Encounter On a National Park Trail?

Tell us about a particularly memorable thing, person, or situation you've come upon or met up with while using a national park trail or walkway.

For Safety's Sake, Yosemite National Park Proposes Decrease In Half Dome Permits

With an eye on improving the safety of hikers heading to the top of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park officials are proposing to reduce the number of daily permits from 400 to 300, according to a proposed management plan.

Find Yourself At Canaveral National Seashore

With nearly 400 units of the National Park System, one probably is close enough for you to visit in a day. But how should you organize those visits? Laura Henning, the chief of interpretation at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida, put together the following primer for exploring her park.

America's Summit On National Parks Opens With Advice From Past Park Service Directors

America's Summit on National Parks opened with encouragement to continue to grow the National Park System, and to reach out to younger generations with technology, but not to the detriment of real communication with visitors.

PEER Calls For Transparency From National Park Foundation In Its Corporate Partnerships

More transparency is needed from the National Park Foundation in the agreements it reaches with corporate partners, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility said Tuesday.
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Access to Yosemite National Park Made A Bit Harder By Rockfall Along Big Oak Flat Road

A rockfall in Yosemite National Park, which has been battered by stormy weather in recent days, has closed the Big Oak Flat Road indefinitely, according to park officials.

Search For Missing Parties At Mount Rainier National Park To Begin To Scale Back

After a week of searching made dangerous and complicated by high winds, snowfall, and dangerous avalanche conditions, crews at Mount Rainier National Park are expected to begin scaling back their efforts to locate two overdue parties on the mountain.

Millions Of Dollars Heading To National Parks For Road, Multiple-Use Trail Improvements

Millions of dollars are flowing to the National Park System for work on aging roads and multiple-use trails in need of some TLC, and transportation systems thanks to the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks program overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation.