They are both breathtaking and fearful, an economic boon and an apex predator, and so it's not surprising that there's controversy around a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service effort to remove Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
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A new study providing an unprecedented regional view of the earth’s crust beneath Yellowstone National Park is set to begin with a helicopter electromagnetic and magnetic (HEM) survey on Monday. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Wyoming and Aarhus University in Denmark hope to distinguish zones of cold fresh water, hot saline water, steam, clay and unaltered rock from one another to understand Yellowstone’s myriad hydrothermal systems. The flights will continue for the next two to four weeks.
The Fire Management Program Of The National Park Service: Great Expectations And Limited Results...Why?
A recent article about fire management in the National Park System praised Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ wildland fire management program as “America’s most progressive forest management program.” While Kyle Dickman goes on to wonder “why isn’t it being replicated elsewhere?”, the answer isn’t as simple as you might think.
Elk culling has resumed at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, where small groups of park staff expect to remove approximately 30 elk by December 17.
Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida has gained International Dark Sky Place designation from the International Dark-Sky Association.
UPDATED: Dry Conditions Lead To Campfire Ban In Parts Of Obed Wild And Scenic River, Mammoth Cave National Park, Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area
Bans on backcountry campfires are being instituted at more parks in the Southeast, with Obed Wild and Scenic River in Tennessee, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee and Kentucky, and Mammoth Cave National Park all implementing fire bans.
This weekend provides the last chance for visitors to drive to many iconic locations in Yellowstone National Park, as the West, South, and East Entrances and all roads, with one exception, will close to vehicle travel at 8 a.m. Monday so the park can prepare them for the winter season and snowmobile and snowcoach travel, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday, December 15.
Channel Islands National Park reopened Santa Rosa Island to visitors on Wednesday after nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana, believed to be linked to a smuggling attempt, were recovered last week.
November is a particularly good time to visit Death Valley National Park due to a free entrance fee day on Veterans Day, special events, and cooling temperatures.
In the past 102 years, there has not been a wetter month at West Glacier in Glacier National Park than last month. Nearly 11 inches of rain fell there in October, when there were just three days without measurable precipitation.