A flood-like release from Glen Canyon Dam is coming November 7 as federal agencies assess the benefits of high water flows down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park.
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Obama administration officials tout that the president has protected nearly 550 million acres of public lands during his tenure, but observers say those numbers tell an uneven story of how President Obama has stewarded the environment, and add that the Democrat can accomplish much more before he leaves the White House.
Worries that the rock ceiling in Spruce Tree House might peel off have prompted Mesa Verde National Park officials to cancel their annual open house and luminaria event scheduled for December 8.
A missing backpacker in Kings Canyon National Park, if still alive, will be on his own as a series of winter storms forecast for the region prompted authorities to put their search for him on hold.
It's hard to imagine that mammoths roamed the territory now protected by Channel Islands National Park, but they did during the previously Ice Age. And recent discoveries, particularly a mammoth tusk unearthed in 2014, point to mammoth history dating even further back than previously thought.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, "profoundly disappointed" with the verdict in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge trial, on Friday cautioned her workforce across all land-management agencies to "take care of yourselves and your fellow employees. The armed occupation in Oregon was and continues to be a reminder that employees in all offices should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to your supervisor and, where appropriate, law enforcement officials."
With several major storms expected to hit California's Sierras this weekend, Yosemite National Park officials will close the Tioga Road at 3 p.m. and the Glacier Point Road at 5 p.m. on Saturday. These closures will be in place until further notice.
A land transfer between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service is underway, one that would return roughly 22,500 acres that originally were part of Joshua Tree National Park to the park.
Bridge repairs will require the temporary closure of roads within the Greenbrier section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the month of November. The Ramsey Prong Road will be closed from the turnoff to the trailhead on Tuesday, November 1, through Monday, November 14, to allow repairs on two bridges.
Whitebark pines, a keystone species that can impact spring runoff, nourish grizzly bears when they most need protein, and provide feasts for other wildlife, face a variety of threats, from climate change to a fungal disease. So important are these trees that researchers with Parks Canada are working to raise a veritable disease-resilient forest of whitebark pines.