Parks in the News

Fifty Years Of The Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee

This year marks a milestone in the management of the Greater Yellowstone Area. It starts the second 50 years of the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee (GYCC), created by the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the National Park Service (NPS) in 1964.

Gain Some Respect For Bears At Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

In the late 1700s when Daniel Boone came through the Cumberland Gap and into the land that would eventually become the state of Kentucky, black bears were common and brought the respect of settlers coming through. Today at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park staff is working to see that today's visitors to this landscape continue to respect the bears.

Here's Your Chance To Tour The Gardens At The White House, A Unit Of The National Park System

The culmination of National Park Week brings you an opportunity to tour the gardens on the south grounds of the White House, a unit of the National Park System known as President's Park, this coming weekend.

Volunteers Pitch Into To Slice Up, Remove 180-Foot Long Pipe From Elliott Key At Biscayne National Park

It's not every day that a 180-foot-long, 6,000-pound plastic pipe washes ashore in a national park. But that's what happened recently at Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park in Florida. What follows is the story of how it was removed by a band of volunteers.

Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement

Charges of wildlife mismanagement by the staff at Point Reyes National Seashore are being leveled in the wake of the deaths of more than 200 Tule elk caused, apparently, by a lack of water inside their fenced preserve.

Tribes Would Be Allowed To Gather Plants In National Parks Under Proposed Regulation

The National Park Service has proposed to modify the regulation governing the gathering of plants in national parks. The rule would allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes with traditional associations to areas within specific units of the National Park System to gather and remove plants or plant parts for traditional purposes.

One Vandalism Case In The National Park System Resolved, Another Lingers On

One incident of vandalism in the National Park System has been resolved, agents continue to investigate a more high-profile, and wide-spread case in which a woman used acrylic paint to create images in parks across the West.

Where To Go, What To Do During National Park Week

National Park Week officially kicks off tomorrow, April 18, and if you're wondering how to celebrate, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation have some ideas.

Snow Removal Opens Road To Two Medicine Campground At Glacier National Park

Snow removal operations in Glacier National Park have cleared the road to the Two Medicine Campground on the east side of the park, and officials expect it to be open for business this weekend, though with limited services.

Here's A Hiking Guide For Your Next Visit To Zion National Park

You're planning a trip to Zion National Park in Utah, you plan to do some hiking, and you're wondering which trails to search out.

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Camping Permits Now Availalble

Frequent camper along the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway in Wisconsin? Then you might want to pick up an annual permit for camping on the Lower St. Croix River.

Old Faithful Expected To Be Accessible From West Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs This Friday

Some key interior roads in Yellowstone National Park are set to open Friday, with traffic expected to be able to drive from both West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to the Old Faithful complex.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy's 40th Biennial Conference Set For Mid-July

History, hikes, and, of course, trail lore, will be the main attractions during the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's 40th Biennal Conference when it convenes in Winchester, Virginia, in July.

National Park Service: Rim Of The Valley Study Suggests Expansion Of Santa Monica Mountains NRA

A long look at whether a landscape that generally includes the mountains encircling San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo Valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California should be designated a unit of the National Park System is suggesting that 173,000 acres be added to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

UPDATE: Cold Brook Fire 30 Percent Contained At Wind Cave National Park

A prescribed burn at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota that got out of control was 80 percent contained Tuesday, though it had blown up to about 4,500 acres on top of the 1,000 acres that was within the prescribed burn boundaries, park officials said.

Long Overdue Fixes Coming To Visitor Center At Fort Donelson National Battlefield

How long have federal buildings been required to provide ADA access, emergency exits, and fire suppression systems? Quite a while, which makes it great to hear the National Park Service finally found the funding to address such projects at Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Tennessee.

Maintenance Problems Could Impact National Park Week At Cape Cod National Seashore

As most folks know, the Northeast has endured a pretty tough winter, and it is taking a while to put things back together. At Cape Cod National Seashore on Massachusetts, for instance, several problems exist that could impact your National Park Week plans if they involve a trip to the seashore.

Prescribed Burn Turns Into Wildfire At Wind Cave National Park In South Dakota

What started out Monday as a prescribed burn turned into a wildfire of roughly 1,000 acres at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.

Mountain Lake At Presidio Growing In Diversity With Recovery Of Stickleback Fish And Other Species

With a multi-year cleanup completed, efforts are now under way to return native species that once called Mountain Lake to the lake that's on the grounds of the Presidio in San Francisco.

No More Reservation Requests Being Taken For Wonderland Trail At Mount Rainier National Park

If you thought 2015 would be the year you would finally navigate the Wonderland Trail at Mount Rainier National Park, well, if you haven't already submitted an application, don't bother. Park officials say they've been deluged with applications for this summer and are no longer accepting permit applications.

Changes To Visitor Services At Everglades National Park Coming For Summer

Summer is coming to Everglades National Park, and that means some changes in visitor services in some parts of the park.

Scofflaws Piloting Drones In The National Park System

How can someone spend anywhere from $500 to $3,000 for a drone, drive to the Marin Headlands portion of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, walk several hundred yards from the parking lot along with dozens of other visitors, commence to flying his drone on the trail to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, and claim not to know he was in a national park?

Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park

A federal judge has denied a request by a coalition of conservation groups and the Havasupai Tribe to halt uranium mining at a site near the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The legal action had challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow the mine to be reopened without updating a federal environmental review that dated to 1986.

Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park

This past winter saw an earlier-than-usual decline in snowpack on Yellowstone National Park roads, one that forced the park to shut down access to some snowmobilers and snowcoaches. While some might write that off to simply an unseasonal winter, record-keeping in the park shows less snow is falling there and that in some parts of Yellowstone the once-typical Rocky Mountain winter is much shorter than it used to be.

Obama Administration Passes On National Parks In DOT's "Grow America" Plan

Despite the Obama Administration's drive to expand the National Park System, and with $11.5 billion in backlogged maintenance needs in the parks, the administration overlooked the National Park Service when putting together its $478 billion "Grow America" plan for improving the nation's infrastructure.

National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System

In an unusual public statement, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has spoken highly of adding the Waco Mammoth site in Texas to the National Park System.

Spring Coming Early To Olympic National Park, But Still Some Things Visitors Need To Know

While spring is showing up a bit earlier than usual at Olympic National Park, visitors trying to get a jump on the high season need to be aware of a few things out in the park.

National Park Service Sued Over Potential For Grizzly Deaths At Grand Teton National Park

Human encroachment, elk feedlots, and climate change increasing are puttin pressure on the survival of grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and the annual elk reduction hunt at Grand Teton National Park is an unnecessary stressor that is impacting the bears' survival in the ecosystem, according to a lawsuit filed against the National Park Service, Interior Department, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Colorado River At Grand Canyon National Park Called "America's Most Endangered River"

In many situations organizations from sports teams to corporations strive to earn the distinction of being named "Number One in the country." That's not the case, however, when it comes to a list of America's Most Endangered Rivers, and the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park has unfortunately earned that label on a just-released annual report.

Volunteers Sought For Alum Cave Trail Rehab At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you'd like to help with work to rehab to Alum Cave Trail at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, volunteers are now being recruited for that project, with work occurring on Wednesdays run from May 20 through October 28, 2015.
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