Parks in the News

Only Snow Drought Likely To Block Your Access To Yellowstone National Park This Winter

With winter descending on the Northern Rockies, the staff at Yellowstone National Park is embarking on its second decade of trying to unravel a conundrum: How do you welcome the public during the year's harshest season without greatly impacting the park?

A Firefighter's Death Leads to Internal Analysis Of Protocols By National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service

It would appear from reading the investigative report into the death of an 18-year-old Olympic National Park firefighter could have been prevented on a number of fronts. What lessons did the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service take from this incident?

A One-Act Play About Hopewell Furnace is a Different Sort of Outreach

A one-act play depicting 19th century life in Hopewell Village puts flesh on the bones of history preserved at Pennsylvania’s Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. This is an example of outreach that’s outside the box.

Stimulus Money Will Help With Rebuild of Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road

More money is heading to Glacier National Park to help with the rebuild of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. However, that road construction means you'll be spending some time mired in construction delays while crossing the 50-mile-long road next year.

Work On Foothills Parkway at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Could Surprise Some Folks

If you use the unopened portion of the Foothills Parkway at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, keep an eye out for motorized vehicles in the coming weeks.

Center for State of the Parks Gives Lassen Volcanic National Park A "Fair" Rating

Funding deficiencies are hamstringing the staff at Lassen Volcanic National Park by preventing them from adequately protecting the park's natural and cultural resources, according to the Center for State of the Parks.

Acadia National Park Turning Back the Calendar For Historic Trail Names

What's in a name? History, frankly. And that's why crews at Acadia National Park are returning to the past in renaming many trails that crisscross the park.

Road Work Will Be Highly Visible in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2010

Orange will be highly visible in Great Smoky Mountains National Park early next year, as road work ramps up around the park thanks to an infusion of funds via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as well as the Federal Lands Highway Program. While that work will produce some long-needed improvements, it also means getting around the park could be difficult at times.

Glacier Bay National Park Rangers Use Satellite Technology to Help Tangled Whales

Rangers in Glacier Bay National Park respond not only to human visitors in trouble, but also to marine life that need help. A recent case of a humpback whale that became entangled in a polyester line demonstrates not only the quick response of park rangers, but also how satellite technology can play a role in saving whales.

National Park Service Director Jarvis Reminds Employees To Be Ethical in All They Do

In a reminder that they are public servants given a broad responsibility to manage national parks in the public's best interests, National Park Service Director John Jarvis has reminded his far-flung staff to adhere to high ethical standards.

Tidewater Goby Translocation: A Little Fish Gets a Big Boost

The tiny fish called the tidewater goby doesn’t get the publicity that the Devils Hole pupfish gets, but like that other little fish this endangered species is getting a helping hand. Gobies from Point Reyes National Seashore were recently translocated to establish a new population at a protected site on Tomales Bay.

National Park Service Sued Over Termination of Indian Trader at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site

A case stretching from the dusty high desert of Arizona all the way to Washington, D.C., has many of the markings of a Tony Hillerman novel -- conspiracy, intrigue, and wrongdoing in Indian country. It also has spurred a lawsuit accusing a number of National Park Service officials with misconduct and wrongful seizure of property belonging to a man described as one of the "last authentic Indian traders."
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Fire at Historic Lodge at Bryce Canyon National Park Won't Delay the 2010 Season Opening

Bryce Canyon Lodge
The lodge at Bryce Canyon National Park is a classic, dating back to the 1920s. A modern sprinkler system and quick work by firefighters helped avert a potential catastrophe when a fire broke out last week at the historic structure.

How Many Wolves Are Enough In Washington State?

Wolves have made a remarkable comeback in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since the recovery plan was launched in the mid-1990s. Concerned that the predators will find their way into Washington state, officials there are developing a management plan. But how many wolves are enough wolves?

Is There a First State National Historical Park in Delaware’s Future?

Delaware is the only state without an NPS unit. A bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate aims to fix that. Will this dog hunt?

Cowpens National Battlefield Invites Visitors to Enjoy a Backcountry Holiday at the Scruggs House

In addition to the site of a famous Revolutionary War battle, Cowpens National Battlefield preserves the 1828 Robert Scruggs House. The “Backcountry Holiday” that the park hosts at the Scruggs House each November entertains and educates visitors of all ages.

Report Details Errors That Led to The Death of A Young National Park Firefighter

Fighting forest fires is one of the most dangerous occupations to partake in. And yet, many of those who fight these blazes are energized by the danger they encounter. You might say they get an adrenalin high battling the flames. And some firefighters die, more often than not because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. That appears to have been the case when a young firefighter from Olympic National Park died on the fire lines in 2008.

To Drill Or Not To Drill For Oil Beneath Big Cypress National Preserve, That Is The Question

If there weren't enough controversial issues swirling about Big Cypress National Preserve, a cash-strapped Miami-Dade County has been mulling the possibility of drilling for oil beneath the preserve.

Wind Cave Bison Translocation Restocks Mexican Preserve

Twenty-three bison rounded up at Wind Cave National Park have been translocated to a Nature Conservancy-managed preserve in Mexico. The project will establish a satellite herd on grasslands in Chihuahua that were part of the species’ historic range.

National Parks Fee-Free On November 11 In Honor of Military Past and Present

To honor America's military members, all national park entrance fees will be waived for all visitors on November 11.

Here's Your Window Into the Second Century Commission On National Parks

Back in September the National Park Second Century Commission released its recommendations on how best to prepare and manage the National Park System moving forward in the 21st century. With hopes of continuing the discussion, the commission is meeting Wednesday in Tennessee, and you can tune in to listen to some of the conversations.

Everglades National Park Officials Considering "Pole and Troll" Boating Zone to Protect Resources

In a move that might not go over well with motorboaters, officials at Everglades National Park are thinking of creating a "pole and troll" boating zone in Florida Bay to protect seagrass and marine-life. However, such a zone could prove popular with paddlers, wildlife viewers, and some anglers.

New York Congressman Wants Hudson River Valley Considered For Inclusion in National Park System

In a move tied foremost to economic development, a New York congressman wants the National Park Service to study adding a large swath of the Hudson River Valley to the National Park System.

Grand Teton National Park and Argentine Sister Park Work on Mending Trails

A "sister park" agreement between Grand Teton National Park and an Argentine national park is building more than good will -- it's leading to more durable hiking trails in the Austral Andes.

By The Numbers: Economic Impacts of the National Parks

Here are some interesting statistics from the Park Service’s recently-released report on the economic impact of the national parks.

Man Pays $2,500 For Mussels at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, But They Weren't The Main Course

A Nevada man paid $2,500 for mussels at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, but they weren't served up at some ritzy restaurant. No, the boater was fined $2,500 for failing to have his craft inspected for quagga and zebra mussels before launching on Lake Powell.

Shenandoah National Park Set to Ban Visitors From Bringing Their Own Firewood Into Park

In a bid to stop the spread of a beetle that could devastate Shenandoah National Park's ash trees, park officials are instituting a ban against firewood brought into the park by campers.

Missing Hiker Found Deceased on Flanks of Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park

A 73-year-old hiker missing on Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park since earlier this week was found dead Saturday, park officials said.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Gets a Construction Permit at Long, Long Last

Much has transpired in the 13 long years since Congress authorized the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial for our nation’s capital. Now, nearly three years since the groundbreaking, a construction permit has finally been issued. Completion is slated for 2011.

How Interstate 40's Closure Is Affecting Travel To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It could take three months or longer to clean up a rock slide and reopen a section of Interstate 40 on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That means getting to the park from some areas will be a bit tricky. It also means don't rely on your GPS units to find a shortcut, as that could spell trouble.
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