A $1,000 reward has been posted by the National Park Service for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever stole fossilized tracks from Death Valley National Park.
Parks in the News
Bill Sycalik is a man with a mission: Firstly, to run a 26.2-mile marathon in all 59 of the national parks in the U.S., and also to encourage as many people as he can to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Officials in a Connecticut city illegally withdrew $110,000 from a National Park Service grant program and pled ignorance to the rules they were supposed to follow, according to an Interior Department investigation.
In a move interpreted by the National Parks Conservation Association as "a direct attack on national parks," President Trump has directed the Interior Department to review, and possibly rescind, regulations pertaining to oil and gas drilling in units of the National Park System.
President Trump's executive order Tuesday calling for a ramp-up in coal production from federal lands and a scrapping of President Obama's Climate Action Plan was quickly criticized by conservation and environmental organizations. Unclear, however, was how the move might directly impact national parks and the National Park Service's climate change initiatives.
A bipartisan effort was launched in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to slowly but steadily wipe out the National Park Service's maintenance backlog, currently estimated at roughly $12 billion.
Three Western Maryland national parks this month concluded operations to reduce overabundant white-tailed deer that threaten the historic scenery of two Civil War battlefields and a 5,810-acre hardwood mountain forest. This season, more than eight tons of venison were donated to the local Maryland Food Bank, the Thurmont Food Bank, the Help Hotline and the Lunch Place soup kitchen.
The state of Arkansas is accepting through April 6 public comments regarding a permit for an industrial hog farm located upstream of Buffalo National River.
Before the state of Alaska essentially killed off the wolf packs that roamed Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, the National Park Service studied the wolves through radio collars that allowed biologists to follow them. This video, produced in 2013, shows the process National Park Service biologists go through to place the collars on wolves.
Ring in spring with a visit to a national park during National Park Week, April 15 through 23. Throughout the country, hundreds of programs and events will encourage visitors to explore new places and enjoy new experiences. More information is available at this website.