Parks in the News

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Abandoning Efforts To Trademark Business Names On South Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has dropped most, if not all, of its applications to trademark the names of lodgings and other concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Glacier National Park Employee Cited For Not Controlling Dog That Led To Mountain Lion's Death

A Glacier National Park employee has been cited for failing to maintain control of a dog that got into a fight with a mountain lion that led to the lion being shot to death by a park ranger.

National Parks Across Europe To Celebrate "European Day Of Parks"

While here in the United States we celebrate National Park Week, in Europe the continent's national parks celebrate European Day of Parks to showcase the parks' beauty and resources.

Golden Spike Locomotives Being Refurbished

The two replica locomotives at Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory, Utah, are being refurbished. Jupiter and No. 119 will be fully rebuilt in time for the May 10, 2015, anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike in 1869.

National Park Week: April 18-26

National Park Week, 2015 edition, is just a handful of weeks away. While any day is a great day to visit a national park, during this special week April 18-26 there will be more than a few events and activities to take part in.

National Park Service Hopes To "Round Up" Geese On National Mall, Herd Them Elsewhere

Dogs -- man's best friend -- are the hoped for solution to flocks of wandering Canada Geese that are fouling grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

An Early Opening For Clingmans Dome Road At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Barring a late snowstorm, the road to Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will open Friday.

Spotted Salamanders, Newts, And Other Critters On The Move At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

You could call it the "Rise of the Amphibians," but at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area it's simply a seasonal event: the rise of spotted salamanders, newts, and other critters that are in an amorous mood and on the move.

Appalachian Trail Hiking Death Prompts Call For Hikers To Be Safety-Minded On The Trail

The recent death of a hiker who was struck by a falling tree on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail has prompted the American Hiking Society to remind hikers not to let their guard down while out on the trail.

Glacier National Park Ranger Shoots Mountain Lion Tangling With Dog

A fight between a mountain lion and a dog at Glacier National Park came to an end when a park ranger shot and killed the big cat after efforts to separate the two animals failed.

UC Berkeley And The National Parks: A Centennial Retrospective

A much publicized conference, Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century, opens today at the University of California, Berkeley. Led by the National Park Service and National Geographic Society, conference sponsors propose “to launch a Second Century of stewardship for the parks, 100 years after the historic meetings at UC Berkeley that helped launch the National Park Service.” A specialist on those meetings, Dr. Alfred Runte reports on why the story does not end there.

Reforestation Continuing At Flight 93 National Memorial

On April 17-18 the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, and Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial are continuing a major reforestation effort that will eventually result in 150,000 new trees at Flight 93 National Memorial, the nation’s permanent memorial to the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93, and all of those lost on September 11, 2001.

Conference Will Use "Back to the Future" Theme to Look Ahead At Science In The NPS

A number of universities in our country have contributed invaluable support for the National Park Service through research and ideas, and such ties with University of California, Berkeley, are especially significant. An upcoming summit, “Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century,” will be held March 25-27 on the Berkeley campus, and the plenary sessions will be live-streamed at parksforscience.berkeley.edu

National Park Service Maintenance Backlog Approaching $11.5 Billion

The backlog in maintenance across the National Park System is approaching $11.5 billion and touches many areas of the visitor experience, from campgrounds and trails to visitor centers and roads and bridges, according to the National Park Service.

Bells To Ring On April 9 To Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Appomattox Surrender

Special events on April 9, 2015, at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park will be part of a nationwide observance of the 150th Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. That surrender marked the symbolic but not the final end of the Civil War.

Joshua Tree National Park Looking For Some Volunteers Who Can "Cut The Mustard"

Joshua Tree National Park is looking for some volunteers to help with the fight against non-native weeds that are creating a host of problems, and one project requires some folks who are able to both cut--and pull--the mustard. Projects set for April 4 and 11 will target Sahara mustard plants.

Overlook Collapses At Point Reyes National Seashore, Killing One

One visitor was killed and another injured when part of a popular overlook at Point Reyes National Seashore in California collapsed, dropping them 70 feet to the ground below.

Canyonlands National Park Considering Day-Use Permits For Vehicles, Bikes On White Rim, Elephant Hill Roads

Officials at Canyonlands National Park in Utah want to move to a day-use permitting system for vehicles and cyclists heading down either the White Rim or Elephant Hill roads.

Plowing Operations Coming To Grand Teton National Park

The plows will be out in Grand Teton National Park on Monday as road crews begin their annual spring plowing of the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge. As plowing operations get under way, recreation on this winter trail will cease for the season.

Cycling Season, Without Visitor Traffic, Under Way In Yellowstone National Park

You'll definitely want to dress in layers, and perhaps use booties to shield your feet, but cycling season, without visitor traffic, is open in Yellowstone National Park.

Voyageurs National Park Turning 40!

Four decades ago, on April 8, 1975, Voyageurs National Park was established as the country's 36th national park. This April, the nation celebrates Voyageurs’ 40th birthday. 2015 also marks the 50th anniversary of Voyageurs’ founding nonprofit partner, Voyageurs National Park Association. Together, the park and its partner will celebrate this anniversary and thank their many visitors, supporters, partners, and volunteers with a full year of special events.

Concessionaires Want To See Improvements In Visitor Services In National Parks

With the National Park Service Centennial little more than a year off, the National Park Hospitality Association is unhappy with the pace of visitor facility and services upgrades across the National Park System.

Take A Peek At Prehistoric Florida And The Calusa Indians Who Called The Lands Of Present-Day Everglades National Park Home

Can you imagine living in southern Florida without the aid of screens, air-conditioning, and bug spray? For thousands of years the Calusa Indians survived in such a setting in the Ten Thousand Islands area of present-day Everglades National Park. Later this month you can learn how they did it.

Springtime At Acadia National Park: It Could Be Cold, Wet, And Frozen

The cold and snowy winter that buried New England in feet of snow could likely leave some calling cards around Acadia National Park for spring visitors, according to park officials.

Wildflower Season In Death Valley National Park: A Mixed Bag

The wildflowers have been going fast and furious this spring at Death Valley National Park -- furious in their colors, fast in the time from bloom to being spent, according to park staff.

Facility Opening Schedule Published For Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With the official spring just a few days away, the schedule of facility openings at Great Smoky Mountains National Park shows busy times coming to the park in the weeks ahead.

Report: House Natural Resources Committee Wants To Transfer Federal Lands To States, Tribes

A move is expected this week to get the House GOP on the record for transferring federal lands to states and tribes in a bid to both eliminate some red ink in the federal budget and to help grow local economies.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Charting A Course For Wildlife Preservation

Trekking over 1,000 miles through dense Florida jungles, coastal waterways, and tropical swamplands, the Florida Wildlife Corridor expedition team are charting a geographic path for wildlife migration and environmental preservation.

Agencies Working To Replace Interagency Bison Management Plan For Yellowstone National Park

For the next three months state and federal agencies will take public ideas how on best to manage bison that leave Yellowstone National Park, the first step in replacing the Interagency Bison Management Plan adopted in 2000.

Opening Roads In Mount Rainier National Park: The Good And The Bad

Well, with spring soon to arrive, there's good news, and not so good news, regarding the opening of roads through Mount Rainier National Park.
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