Two governors -- Jay Nixon from Missouri and Matt Mead from Wyoming -- share this year's Sheldom Coleman Great Outdoors Award, which recognizes efforts to enhance outdoor recreational experiences in the United States.
Parks in the News
Children are natural explorers, but current trends show that youth between the age of 8 to 18 spend more time than ever indoors and less time participating in unstructured outdoor activity. Residents of Fairbanks, Alaska, can buck this trend, as they have access to many parks and wild landscapes that lend themselves to exercising and experiencing the beauty of Interior Alaska.
Though the flying of unmanned drones has been banned in national parks for some time by the National Park Service, and by federal law in Washington, D.C., that hasn't stopped pilots from trying to skirt the regulations or the law.
Storms that delivered more than a foot of rain to parts of Shenandoah National Park have led to damage that is limiting parking at the Whiteoak parking lot, according to park officials.
With a 23-15 party line vote the House Natural Resources Committee has approved legislation that would force the National Park Service to open up more than 400 miles of streams to paddlers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, though whether the full House and Senate will do the same remains to be seen.
More people have experienced Yellowstone National Park this year than in any previous year, and there still is time for more visitors to see the park's thermal wonders, wildlife, and majestic settings.
After much work, the visitor center at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state is just about ready to reopen to the public.
Officials from the National Park Service have officially signed a 15-year concessions contract for Yosemite Hospitality, LLC, to run lodging and dining concessions in Yosemite National Park, though the company might be managing facilities not named The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, or Badger Pass.
With concerns that the Southwest's iconic Joshua trees will be pushed out of 90 percent of their current habitat by the century's end due to climate change, a group has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the tree listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
An effort is under way to see bison hunted within Grand Canyon National Park. Arizona politicians who are pushing that proposal say the bison in the park are bison-cow hybrids that are "wreaking havoc" on the park.