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"Vital Signs" Report Tracks Status Of Wildlife In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is a fully functioning ecosystem, one constantly in motion as wildlife populations ebb and flow, climate slowly changes, and geologic processes continue. Details of some of those changes are reflected in the park's 2013 Natural Resource Vital Signs report.

Seasonal Rangers Who Said They Lost Jobs For Blowing The Whistle Win Their Case

Bruce and Sara Schundler, who alleged they lost their seasonal jobs as rangers at Mesa Verde National Park for bringing attention to suspect spending by the park's superintendent, have been vindicated by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

Audubon Identifies Area Around Canyonlands National Park As "Globally Important Bird Area"

Though located in the arid landscape of the Colorado Plateau, the area around Canyonlands National Park attracts a lot of birds and provides valuable habitat for species such as the Mexican spotted owl. As such, the area has been identified as a "Globally Important Bird Area" by the National Audubon Society

First State National Monument Shines A Light On The Nation's Origins

Whether due to oversight, a lack of political expediency, or inadvertent shunning, the country's first state was last in landing a unit of the National Park System within its borders. And now, though First State National Monument is open for business and shining a light on the country's origins, it continues to struggle.

Minot, North Dakota, Photographer Captures Winning Photo In Theodore Roosevelt National Park Contest

This gorgeous shot of Theodore Roosevelt National Park by Gary Anderson won Grand Prize in the park's second Annual “Picture Yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park” Photo Contest.

Yellowstone National Park To Open Winter Season On Sunday

With a snowy fall having laid down a reasonable snowpack on Yellowstone National Park, the park will open for the winter season on Sunday.

Wind Cave National Park's Annual Bird Count Sunday

Birders can get a jump on the year's Christmas Bird Count by heading to Wind Cave National Park for its annual bird count this Sunday.

Body Discovered Below South Rim Of Grand Canyon In 2012 Finally Identified

The body of a Japanese visitor who fell off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in the fall of 2012, and which was discovered two months later, finally has been identified.

Budget Problems Prevent Everglades National Park From Opening Chekika Day-Use Area

A popular day-use area in Everglades National Park that was scheduled to open this month will not due to budget shortfalls, according to park officials.

New NPS "Wildland Fire Strategic Plan" Offers Some Candid Insights Into Fire Management Challenges

Among the functions performed by the National Park Service, few can top "fire management" in terms of costs, public safety, and impacts on both park and adjacent property and activities. That said, you may wish to take advantage of the opportunity to review and comment on the agency's new Wildland Fire Strategic Plan: 2014-2019.

Tentative Budget Compromise Would Mean Some Relief For National Park Service

A tentative budget compromise reached by congressional negotiators would, if approved by the full Congress and the White House, mean some relief for the National Park Service.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Old Fall River Road To Remain Closed To Vehicles Through 2014

The Old Fall River Road, which ascends slowly through a picturesque corner of Rocky Mountain National Park to near the summit of Trail Ridge Road, will be closed to vehicles throughout 2014 due to storm damage sustained in September.

151st Anniversary Of Battle Of Fredericksburg To Be Marked With Special Events

With the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg being marked this month, the staff at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has lined up some special events.

One Park Pass For Four Units Of National Park System

If you like to frequent the national parks in southeastern Utah, and not many others, you might consider spending $25 for an annual pass to Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.

Coalition Of National Park Service Retirees Launches Redesigned Website

The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, which advocates in support of the mission of the National Park Service, has launched a redesign of its website that's easier to navigate and contains more resources than the previous site.

Draft Ozark National Scenic Riverways Plan Draws Charges NPS Is Trying To Limit Access

A pitched battle is under way over the future of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, one that goes to the heart of whether national parks are to be managed for the country's best interests, or for unrestricted local interests.

Information Sought On Apparent Shooting Of Florida Panther In Big Cypress National Preserve

Authorities are investigating the apparent shooting death of an endangered Florida panther in Big Cypress National Preserve.

Around The Parks: Give Back Shenandoah, Point Reyes NS Elk, Rocky Mountain NP Visitation Plunges

A Virginia politician wants the state to take back Shenandoah National Park, ranchers say there are too many elk at Point Reyes National Seashore, and plunging visitation at Rocky Mountain National Park is costly.

Name That Foal, Support Assateague Island National Seashore

Name your price and you just might be able to name the only foal born into the Maryland herd at Assateague Island National Seashore this year.

North Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park Has Limited Winter Access

While the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park isn't technically closed in winter, getting there can be difficult, especially now that the state highway leading to the rim is closed for the winter.

Grand Teton National Park Officials Studying Future Of Moose-Wilson Corridor

The Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park is a thin, two-lane ribbon running through a gorgeous part of the park. It's a particularly scenic way to enter the park, especially in fall when the vegetation is changing colors and the bears come to gorge themselves on ripe berries. But how should it be managed long-term?

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Looking Forward To Tour De France

While the thought of a professional bike race zooming through a U.S. national park draws immediate criticism from some sectors, the folks on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are looking forward to next year's Tour de France.

Some Great Gear For Year-End Gifts For Adventuring In National Parks

With shopping days dwindling before the year-end holidays arrive, getting a late start is better than no start. Here are some great gift ideas for heading into the national parks well-equipped.

Winter Storm Closes Mammoth Cave National Park

Winter-storm conditions on Friday led to the closure of Mammoth Cave National Park.

"Conscience Letters" From Petrified Forest National Park Thieves Tie Bad Luck To "Hot Rocks"

Think twice during your visit to Petrified Forest National Park about walking away with a colorful shard of petrified wood, for that "hot rock" just might bring you a world of hurt.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Gains Approval For 29 New Public Access Points To Beaches

Visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore soon will have 29 new access points for exploring the seashore's beaches under a plan stemming from its off-road vehicle management plan.

What's That Sound? Building An Audio Library At Glacier Bay National Park

Sounds can identify a place, and the residents of that place. Pulling the sounds of Glacier Bay National Park together and placing them in one repository will make it easier to piece together the sounds of the park.

Two Areas Closed At Everglades National Park To Protect Nesting Roseate Spoonbills

With Roseate Spoonbills heading to Everglades National Park for nesting, park officials have temporarily closed two areas of the park to provide some protection for the birds.

Tracking Climate Change In Kenai Fjords National Park: What Will Happen?

In the following video, produced by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, the National Park Service’s Interpretive Development Program, and the NPS Climate Change Response Program, how climate change might impact Kenai Fjords National Park is examined.

Key Bridge To Cape Hatteras National Seashore Closed Due To Safety Concerns

Reaching Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina just got a lot tougher. The state Transportation Department has closed the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet on N.C. 12 along the Outer Banks due to safety concerns.
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