Three years ago, Great Smoky Mountains National Park didn’t open some campgrounds and picnic areas due to funding shortfalls. Now, the park is proposing fee increases of up to 30 percent at all frontcountry campgrounds and picnic pavilions to meet the rising costs of operations, reduce a backlog of maintenance requirements on park facilities, and initiate needed improvements.
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To document the re-emergence of the canyon, the Glen Canyon Institute has launched the Glen Canyon Living Atlas to provide a virtual tour of restoring areas in the canyon.
In a novel idea that possibly could be used elsewhere in the National Park System if successful, Glacier National Park officials are turning to a dog to keep wildlife a safe distance away from visitors on Logan Pass.
A 2-year-old panther that was establishing territory near a Florida neighborhood has been given a new home in Big Cypress National Preserve.
The National Museum of Wildlife Art, just north of Jackson, Wyoming, is joining the centennial celebration of the National Park Service by hosting a number of park-themed exhibitions and events this summer.
A mountaineer from the Czech Republic who was attempting a ski descent of Denali, the highest mountain in the United States, died from a roughly 1,500-foot fall on the Messner Couloir.
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, who earlier this year was reprimanded for failing to follow ethics regulations for Interior Department employees, has apologized in writing to the agency's field staff and urged them to remain mindful of those regulations.
For park-loving astronomers, the Southwest is the place to be at the beginning of next month. Grand Canyon National Park will host its 26th annual Star Party on both rims June 4-11. But before that, just to the north, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah will celebrate the stars June 1-4 during its 16th annual Astronomy Festival.
As part of National Parks Traveler's Centennial Series, a collection of papers and essays commemorating the National Park Service Centennial, Dr. Harry Butowsky, a National Park Service historian who oversaw the agency's digital library, put together the following list of key events and legislation from the first century of the National Park Service.
Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada is ready to welcome visitors for the 2016 season. This year, Parks Canada is continuing to improve its visitor offerings with even more innovative and educational events and activities, as well as investments in visitor facilities. At Waterton Lakes National Park, Parks Canada is introducing a mobile application, offering rewarding volunteer opportunities, and providing interpretive hikes.