Parks in the News

Missed Portage Leads to Death At Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area

A missed portage around Angel Falls Rapid in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has led to the death of a 61-year-old paddler.

Rafting Accidents Drowns 37-Year-old In Cataract Canyon at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

A 37-year-old man drowned in a section of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area when he was thrown from his raft.

What's the Latest on the Search for a Director of the National Park Service?

While Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has been traveling a lot lately and handing out dollars to the national parks, where is he at on the selection of the next director of the National Park Service? That's a very good question.

Cables Are In Place On Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

Getting up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park got a little easier this past weekend. That's because the cables that give you something to hold onto as you scale the shoulder of the dome were put up for the season.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore BioBlitz: Latest Tally Above 1,700 Species

The latest species tally from the BioBlitz at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: 1,716. How high will it go?

Massive Avalanche Took Out Sections of Stone Wall, But Glacier National Park's Sun Road Should Open On Schedule

A massive avalanche, one not seen in Glacier National Park in decades, roared down the "Garden Wall" in January and took out nearly 550 feet of stone retaining wall along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Here's How You Can Follow Science At Great Smoky Mountains National Park From Afar

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most biologically diverse units of the National Park System. And now you can get a feel for that diversity without leaving the comfort of your home (though hopefully you'll be inspired to visit the park).

Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Recover Bodies of Two Young Drowning Victims

The bodies of two young men who disappeared after jumping into the Colorado River near Phantom Ranch in the bottom of Grand Canyon National Park have been recovered.

Judge Blocks Wal-Mart SuperCenter From Opening Near Joshua Tree National Park

In what could be a sign of what's to come, a court has blocked Wal-Mart from building a Supercenter near Joshua Tree National Park because the company did not adequately consider its greenhouse-gas impacts.

Wanted: Interns to Help With Safety Studies in the National Park System

In an effort to make visitors a bit safer in national parks, the National Park Service is working with the Student Conservation Association to get into the minds of park visitors. And the agency is looking for some interns to help develop an understanding of why visitors do the things they do in the parks.

Interior Secretary Salazar Urged to Protect Valley Forge National Historical Park

The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees is urging Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to intervene over development at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Updated: Brian O'Neill, Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent, Dies Following Heart Surgery

Brian O'Neill, who had guided Golden Gate National Recreation Area as its superintendent since 1986, has passed away following complications from heart surgery. He was 67.

"The Right Stuff" - Valor Awards for Two Rescuers at Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier
In a timely reminder that search and rescue activities are rarely routine and often dangerous, a ranger and a climbing guide from Mount Rainier National Park have received a Valor Award and a Citizen’s Award for Bravery from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Coalition of Groups Asks President Obama To Halt Move to Allow Weapons in National Parks

President Obama stated his support for the 2nd Amendment during the presidential campaign. But how does he stand on allowing national park visitors to arm themselves? A coalition of groups has asked the president to stop a Senate effort to open national parks to a variety of weapons, from pistols to semi-automatics.

Social-Networking Campaign Could Garner Funds for National Park Foundation

Add one dose social-networking, a dollop of corporate charity, and blend with hope that younger generations like national parks and the National Park Foundation could leverage a portion of a $3 million grab bag for the parks.

Is There A New Dawn For the National Park Service?

A massive influx of dollars is heading towards the National Park System, part due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, some proposed within the Obama administration's Fiscal 2010 budget proposal. It certainly is a change from the past eight years.

Rescue of Injured Climber from Remote Site in Rocky Mountain National Park

A 57-year-old Colorado man was hauled out of Rocky Mountain National Park's backcountry in a hand-carried litter Tuesday night in a grueling evacuation.

Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks

The U.S. Senate, which struggles mightily with topics such as health care, education, and a balanced budget, had no troubles Tuesday amending a credit card bill of all things with a measure to allow concealed weapons to be toted about national parks and wildlife refuges.

Roads and Facilities Opening at Mount Rainier National Park

Road access to Mount Rainier National Park continues to improve following the long winter, with crews scheduled to open State Routes 123 and 410 over Cayuse Pass today. However, Route 410 over Chinook Pass remains closed by snow.

Bald Eagle Numbers Continue to Grow at Voyageuers National Park

Bald eagles are continuing to find Voyageurs National Park to their liking, with 69 nests sighted this spring. Thirty-eight of those had adults focused on incubating eggs, according to park officials.

Severe Storm Hits Ozark National Scenic Riverways

tree blocking road
A severe storm stuck Ozark National Scenic Riverways last Friday, knocking down thousands of trees, blocking roads and stranding visitors throughout the area.

Some Sure Signs of Spring at Denali National Park and Preserve

Mt. McKinley
The first climbers of the season have reached the summit of Mt. McKinley, there's no longer enough snow on the ground to allow the use of snowmobiles in the area, and the first 30 miles of the road into the park are open. It must be spring at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Don't Feed the Bears! New Regs for Backcountry Campers at Rocky Mountain National Park

Black bear.
"Don't feed the bears" is hardly new advice, but whether bears get "people food" due to irresponsible handouts or by raiding campsites, the result is the same: trouble. To help with this problem, new rules for backcountry campers went into effect on May 1st at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park Crews Battling Bark Beetles With Insecticide

To what lengths should national parks go to combat climate change? Do such efforts run contrary to the National Park Service's mission, to let natural processes run their course? And in some cases, are those efforts akin to turning back a flood with a rake?

H1N1 Flu, You, and the National Parks

Is the swine flu, er is the H1N1 flu a real threat to you, or is it being blown out of proportion due to the 24-hour news cycle? Good question, but regardless the National Park Service has tips for staying flu-free in the National Park System.

Building with Notorious History in Death Valley National Park Burns in Mysterious Fire

Remains of the Barker Ranch.
Some otherwise ordinary sites achieve notoriety in unlikely ways. That was the case with the Barker Ranch in Death Valley National Park, which burned under mysterious circumstances earlier this week. Its link with history? Charles Manson.

Got Pics? "Share the Experience Photo Contest" Offers Some Great Prizes

Photographer at work.
If you can take a top-notch photo sometime this year while visiting one of America's national parks or other federal public lands, you may be interested in a photo contest that offers some great prizes.

New Yorker Climbing Mount McKinley in Denali National Park Dies on West Buttress

A 61-year-old New Yorker collapsed and died, apparently of natural causes, while being guided to the top of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve. William Hearne died Thursday after his team hauled gear to 13,500 feet.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Releases Final EIS on Restoring Elkmont Historic District

A slice of the past will be preserved, and a larger slice removed, under Great Smoky Mountains National Park's plans for restoring the Elkmont Historic District.

Secretary Salazar Announces Plan to Open Statue of Liberty Crown to the Public

Continuing on his whirlwind work schedule, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has cut through all the security red tape of the Bush administration and announced that the public once again will be able to climb all the way to the crown of the Statue of Liberty.
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