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Parks Beyond Borders: New Success As Ecuador Involves The World In Preserving Amazon Park

Ecuador’s revolutionary Yasuní-ITT initiative—which seeks to preserve one of the largest, most diverse national park regions on the planet—got a big boost last week when Italy pledged 35 million Euros to the project.

New Postage Stamp Putting Kenai Fjords National Park On The Map, Er, The Envelope

Come Monday, you can send Kenai Fjords National Park around the country. At least figuratively, thanks to a new stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

Unexpected Treasures on Nebraska’s High Plains: Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

In the ranching country of western Nebraska lies a small national park unit with a big name, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. It emphasizes two treasures, but it also holds some unexpected riches on this prairie landscape.

Joshua Tree National Park Association Celebrating 50 Years Of Park Partnership

A 50th anniversary celebration is planned October 3 for the Joshua Tree National Park Association, which long has supported the park's education and interpretation mission.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Looking For Teenage Filmmakers

Teenagers with a good eye are being invited to focus their cameras on Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and enter the park's fourth annual Digital Mountain Film Festival.

Analysis Shows Stains On Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Arch Just Cosmetic

Worries that the dazzling arch in St. Louis at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial was experiencing some structural fatigue have been allayed by an analyis that shows staining on the arch is superficial and can be remedied.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Planning To Implement Backcountry Fees In 2013

A backcountry fee system will be implemented in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013, unless a legal challenge derails it.

Llama On The Lam Saga Has A Happy Ending At Cowpens National Battlefield

Cowpens National Battlefield and the Revolutionary War battle it commemorates are both named for a site associated with the early cattle industry in America. An recent situation at the park created the need to get a four-legged animal into a pen, but in this case it wasn't a cow—it was a llama on the lam.

Creature Feature: A Fairy Of A Different Sort

Dotting the sandstone floors of the Colorado plateau are countless potholes -- shallow depressions that hold water only for short periods after rains. But during those wet periods, these potholes come to life with a variety of intriguing creatures, including fairy shrimp.

New Book Traces Impacts Latinos Have Had On The United States

Throughout the National Park System there are traces of Latino heritage, some obscure, some well-defined and well-preserved. A new book explores these traces and helps you understand the impact Latinos have had on the United States since the early 19th century.

15 Ways To Enjoy The National Park System This Fall

There's more than just changing leaves happening in America’s national parks this fall and here is a small sampling of some of the activities that are taking place during September, October, and November. Pack up the car, grab your Passport To Your National Parks® book, and spend some time exploring the parks this autumn!

Stunning New Video Features Aurora Borealis At Denali National Park

The aurora borealis (Northern Lights) have long been a source of fascination for people fortunate to live in—or visit—locations where they are visible. Now, thanks to the photographic and musical talents of two volunteers, all of us can enjoy a beautiful time-lapse video of the aurora over Denali National Park.

Reader Participation Day: Should The Hetch Hetchy Valley In Yosemite National Park Be Drained And Restored?

Should the Hetch Hetchy Valley of Yosemite National Park be drained of its reservoir and restored?

Fish Barrier Installed In Glacier National Park To Block Non-Native Fish From Reaching Quartz Lakes

The Quartz Creek Fish Barrier Modification and Improvement Project in Glacier National Park was recently completed on Quartz Creek to prevent additional non-native fish from reaching Quartz Lake.

Can't Make It To Glacier Bay National Park? Check Out The Bartlett Cove Webcam!

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a hard place to reach any time of year, let alone the fall. But that doesn't mean you can glimpse this beautiful corner of Alaska.

Hiker Dies On Bright Angel Trail In Grand Canyon National Park

An unidentified man collapsed and died Tuesday morning on the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park.

Body Found Below Cliff At Mount Rainier National Park

A body was found Monday at the base of a cliff in Mount Rainier National Park, marking the tenth fatality in the park this year.

Birding In The National Parks: Rare Bird Shows Up At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

So, you’re a birder looking to add a nifty pelagic species like the Great Shearwater to your list. Where do you go? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, perhaps?

Full "Harvest Moon" Tours Of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse This Saturday

If thunderstorms in the forecast vanish, a climb up the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse this Saturday night could be spectacular thanks to the rise of a full harvest moon over Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Deer Culling To Resume Next Month In Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site

Deer culling operations will resume next month in Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site as officials continue to reduce the white-tailed deer population to prevent over-browsing of vegetation.

Fall In Yellowstone ... Means Winter And Road Closures Aren't Far Off

Fall visits to national parks can often turn out to be some of the best of the year. You can smell the seasonal change in the air, see it in the reds, browns, yellows and golds flecking the hillsides, feel it in the leaves crunching beneath your feet, and hear it in the bugling elk.

Blue Ridge Parkway Closure Points To Source Of Past Failures

Another Blue Ridge Parkway road closure this fall and winter points to the aging infrastructure that undermines this scenic road, the most visited unit of the National Park Service.

Op-Ed: Park Service Finds Support For Protecting Marine Wilderness After Lengthy Drakes Estero Assessment

The recent National Research Council (NRC) report on the National Park Service’s draft environmental plan of Drakes Estero’s future has provided Interior Secretary Salazar with even further support to protect this valuable estuary in Point Reyes National Seashore

Man Fined, Banned From Grand Canyon National Park, For Guiding Without A Permit

A man who was guiding backpack trips in Grand Canyon National Park without a permit has been fined and banned from visiting the park for a year.

Campfires Banned In Parts Of North Cascades National Park Complex

The National Park Service has placed a ban on campfires in portions of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park.

Joshua Tree National Park Peak Named In Honor Of Minerva Hoyt

A mountain in Joshua Tree National Park has been officially named after Minerava Hoyt in honor of her efforts to see the park designated.

Trail To Alberta Falls, Lake Haiyaha In Rocky Mountain National Park Rehabilitated

After four years of sweat, dirt and exhaustion, a substantial effort to rehabilitate three miles of trail in and around the Alberta Falls and Lake Haiyaha area of Rocky Mountain National Park has been completed.

Death Valley National Park Officially Recognized As World Champion When It Comes To Hot Temps

How hot can it get at Death Valley? Why, there was a day back in 1913 when it was so hot that "swallows in full flight fell to the earth dead."

Does Shenandoah Celebration Signal End Of CCC's "Greatest Generation?"

On September 29, National Public Lands Day, the National Parks will celebrate by waiving the entrance fees to all national parks. In addition, thousands of national park lovers will volunteer to protect the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).