With attendance at Banff National Park steadily increasing and an influx of visitors expected this year as part of the Canada 150 celebration, Parks Canada will expand shuttle services to help alleviate traffic around the town of Banff and Lake Louise.
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National Park Service law enforcement rangers are being called up to head to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, where protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline have been given until February 22 to leave the area.
Backpacking permits have been placed on hold in Arches National Park in Utah, where officials want to study whether the existing program is sufficiently protecting natural resources in the red-rock park.
Some are out, some are in. That's the current status of industry turnout for this summer's Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, where industry chiefs are debating how best to respond to Utah politicians who want the Trump administration to remove the national monument designation from the Bears Ears landscape in the state's southeastern corner.
Due to snow accumulations and above normal winter conditions, bison within Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming are moving to find food and recently have been using U.S. Highway 89 as their travel pathway.
If the Trump administration moves ahead with plans to build a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, it would "completely ruin the experience" at Big Bend National Park in Texas, according to a former ranger.
More than 10 organizations have banded together to support the National Park Service in a legal battle over wildlife protections in national parks in Alaska.
Officials at North Cascades National Park in Washington state will begin testing a backcountry permit reservations program in mid-March for popular areas in the park. The pilot program, to start March 15, stems from an increase in backcountry travelers over the past several years that has made permits difficult to obtain in certain areas of the park.
A program at Southern Utah University just might be cultivating the next generation of national park advocates and stewards. Or those for the national forests or other public lands.
The $11.9 billion maintenance backlog cited by the National Park Service inflates the true cost of high-priority infrastructure needs and elevates the risk for privatization and corporate giveaways in America’s parks, according to a report by an independent, nonpartisan policy institute.