Parks in the News

"Flying the Flag" for National Parks for Over Five Million Miles

Astronaut Megan McArthur with Secretary Salazar and Acting Director Wenk.
NASA Astronaut Megan McArthur is a big fan of national parks, and she recently had a chance to "fly the flag" for parks in an unusual way. She carried a custom-made NPS banner on her recent flight on space shuttle Atlantis, a trip that logged 5.3 million miles.

4-Year-Old Drowns In Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

A 4-year-old who was briefly left unsupervised at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has drowned in Lake Powell, according to park officials.

Major Road Closure Coming to Yellowstone National Park

A key section of the Grand Loop road system in Yellowstone National Park will be closed to traffic for the rest of the summer beginning August 17. While that won't keep you from reaching all front-country areas of the park, it will require some substantial detours.

UPDATED: Search Ends for Woman Missing from Cruise Ship in Glacier Bay National Park

Cruise ship in Glacier Bay.
A search for a woman who was reported missing from a cruise ship in Glacier Bay National Park on Monday morning has ended. Searchers have recovered a body believed to be that of the missing woman, many miles from the park

Face of America: Glacier National Park, A Multimedia Feast

Poetry in motion is a phrase that could describe the wind rustling an aspen glade in Glacier National Park, or the cascading tendrils of Birdwoman Falls as it plunges from a hanging valley on Mount Oberlin. But it also describes a troupe of ballet dancers who twirled and leapt skyward in the park in a bid to capture its essence in dance.

Flash Flood Leads to Rescue of 200+ Campers at Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Vehicle caught by flood.
The Alley Spring Campground at Ozark National Scenic Riverways became the scene of a mass rescue when a flash flood swamped the site, and over 200 campers suddenly found themselves in the water and in the dark at 4 a.m.

"Cliff Fire" at Zion National Park Contained, Kolob Canyons Area Reopened to the Public

Four days after a lightning strike ignited a wildfire in the backcountry of Zion National Park, the fire has been contained and park officials have reopened the Kolob Canyons area to visitors.

Ever Consider "Adopting" A Cove at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

So many coves, and so few staff. That's the problem at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, where they're looking for volunteers to help keep the lake's coves clean.

World's Wildlife Populations Are Struggling Despite Global Pledges to Protect Biodiversity

Seven years ago, governments around the world pledged to achieve a "significant reduction" in the ongoing loss of biodiversity by 2010. Unfortunately, the latest IUCN report says that goal will not be met, and that the wildlife crisis is greater than the world's economic crisis.

Pinnacles National Monument: Should It Be Labeled A National Park?

There's a move afoot in Congress to have the name of Pinnacles National Monument changed to Pinnacles National Park.

Backcountry Campfire Ban Coming to Olympic National Park

Beginning Monday you won't be able to build a campfire in the backcountry of Olympic National Park due to increasing high fire danger.

Snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Environmental Extremists in the Obama Administration

What are we to think when a U.S. senator brands Jon Jarvis, a highly respected regional director of the National Park Service, as representing "the extreme policies of the Obama administration"?

Updated: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Search Ends Up With a Happy Ending

A woman whose disappearance into the storm-swollen Little River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park had authorities fearing the worst turned up in good physical condition Saturday morning.

Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park Agree to work on LUST Together

LUST is a serious problem in Yellowstone National Park. No, not THAT kind of LUST, but rather Leaking Underground Storage Tanks. And officials from the national park and the state of Wyoming have pledged to work together on cleaning up the problem.

Search Under Way Friday Afternoon For Woman Who Jumped or Fell Into Little River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A search was under way Friday afternoon for a woman who either jumped or fell into the Little River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The search was along the river from the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area towards Townsend.

Busted: Law Enforcement Task Forces Wipe Out 71 Marijuana Operations in Kings Canyon National Park

A two-week operation involving various law enforcement agencies has wiped out 71 marijuana growing operations in Kings Canyon National Park and led to the arrests of more than 80 individuals tied to Mexican drug cartels.

National Geographic Magazine Revisits Yellowstone National Park's Supervolcano

There's nothing earth-shatteringly new in National Geographic Magazine's latest article on the slumbering supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park. But that doesn't mean it's not a good read.

Blown Over and Blown Away at Katmai National Park and Preserve

Floatplanes
Katmai National Park and Preserve is a classic example of an Alaskan park—beautiful, remote and limited development. When high winds caused several accidents and stranded tourists, the staff came to the rescue in more ways than one.

Historic Lighthouse Aids in Rescue at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Raspberry Island Light
A historic lighthouse had a role in one of three recent rescues at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, and quick work by the park staff averted several potential tragedies.

Scientists: Climate Change Seems Responsible for A Loss of Large-Diameter Trees in Yosemite National Park

Climate change with its warmer and drier seasons appears to be responsible for a decline in large-diameter trees across much of Yosemite National Park, according to a recently released study.
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Rafting Accident in Dinosaur National Monument Claims Colorado Woman

A Colorado woman has apparently drowned on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument after being thrown from her raft while going through a rapid.

Vandals Remove Fencing That Was Protecting Turtle Nest at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore authorities are trying to determine who removed fencing that had been set up to protect a sea turtle's nest not far from Rodanthe. Rangers say it doesn't appear as if the nest was disturbed. Not only did they again fence the site, but they expanded the area protected as required under a court-ordered consent decree pertaining to beach access.

9-Year-Old Killed By Rock Slide at Lassen Volcanic National Park

A rock slide along the popular Lassen Peak Trail at Lassen Volcanic National Park has killed a 9-year-old boy and injured his 13-year-old sister.

Wildfire Closes Kolob Canyons Section of Zion National Park

A wildfire has forced Zion National Park officials to block public access to the Kolob Canyons area of the park. The so-called Cliff Fire was touched off by a lightning strike Tuesday night.

Dinosaur National Monument Releases Renderings of New Visitor Center, Quarry Exhibit Hall

Designs for a new visitor center as well as an "exhibit hall" that would both protect and display a cliffside studded with fossils have been released by Dinosaur National Monument officials, who now must find companies that can build the two facilities.

Tour Company Wants to Offer Helicopter Overflights of Crater Lake National Park, But Likely Won't See A Decision Soon

An aviation company that offers helicopter tours of central Oregon wants to add Crater Lake National Park to its flight plans, but opposition to the proposal is mounting.

National Park Philatelists Rejoice: You Can Add A Stamp Honoring Dry Tortugas National Park to Your Collection!

While there was ample advance notice of U.S. postage stamps honoring Zion and Grand Teton national parks earlier this year, a stamp in honor of Dry Tortugas National Park slipped right by Traveler's notice.

Peregrine Falcons Successfully Raise Six Chicks at Acadia National Park

Falcon chicks.
Peregrine falcons at Acadia National Park have successfully raised six fledglings this spring, and now that the young birds have begun flying from the nest, a park trail that was closed to protect the nest and chicks has reopened.

First Greenpeace, Now Motorcyclists Drawing A Bead On Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Well, after all the uproar over Greenpeace's recent visit to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, does anyone want to hear about thundering convoys of motorcyclists descending on the park?

American Recovery Act Putting Your Tax Dollars To Work in National Parks

True, when you consider that the maintenance backlog across the National Park System is some $8 billion or so, the $750 million-$920 million being spent in the parks courtesy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act isn't that significant. Still, some good work is being done with the money.
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