Parks in the News

Glacier National Park's Centennial is Fast Approaching – Don't Miss These Upcoming Deadlines

Two Medicine Lake.
One of the "crown jewels" of the national park system will celebrate its centennial in 2010, and when you're talking about planning a celebration of that magnitude, there's plenty of work to do. Glacier National Park is off to a great start in that regard, and you may want to know about upcoming deadlines for some activities that are already underway.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Working on Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan

From now through January 10 the folks at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve will be open to your thoughts on six alternatives aimed at managing recreational off-road vehicle use in the Nabesna Road area.

Yellowstone National Park's Winter Season Needs Help From Predicted Storm

Yellowstone National Park is scheduled to open its winter season on Monday, and a storm forecast for this weekend could give the park a big boost in terms of snow cover. Without additional snow, the season might open without enough of the white stuff for snowmobiling.

Wilderness Designation for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Will Have to Wait

It will take just a bit longer for nearly 12,000 acres of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to gain official wilderness designation. The kiss of death for the legislation intended to accomplish the deed was its attachment to the massive Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2008.

On the Political Front: Good And Bad News From the Bush Administration

There's mixed news today on the environmental front. On one hand, the Bush administration has pulled back a proposal that would weaken air quality rules for coal-fired power plants. But on the other it has moved forward with a rule to weaken the Endangered Species Act.

What's the Latest On The Search for An Interior Secretary?

As cabinet post after cabinet post is filled by the incoming Obama administration, one role key to the national parks remains up-in-the-air: that of Interior secretary.

Did Mount Rainier National Park Leave Contractor Holding The Bill?

There are few things as bad as doing some work for someone and then not getting paid what you believe you're owed. Such a scenario has developed around the renovated Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier National Park, and a roofing contractor says he might have to lay off 40 workers if he doesn't get paid soon.

Don't Overlook Park Advocates and Friends Groups When You Make Your Charitable Donations

Programs to lure youngsters into the parks. "Healthy Kids/Healthy Parks." Research to gauge the impact of visitation on park natural resources. Restoration work. These are just some of the projects that your taxable donations allowed to occur across the National Park System in 2008.

At Yellowstone, It’s Fluffy the Snuggle-Bud One, Coyotes Zero

I wish that Fluffy could talk. Maybe then we could find out how in the world she managed to do it.

Wal-Mart Request Would Put a Super Center Next to The Wilderness Battlefield

Northern Virginia is a much more crowded place than it was during the Civil War. But Civil War historians, preservationists, and buffs, as well as National Park Service officials, are still flummoxed by Wal-Mart's wish to place a super center next to one of the most poignant battlefields of the Civil War.

Cedar Breaks National Monument Calls It A Season For Its Roads

If you didn't find time to drive up to Cedar Breaks National Monument this year, well, you have missed your opportunity for 2008. With winter closing in on Utah's high country, the roads leading to the colorful monument have been closed for the season.

Saddle Up and Ride for the Inauguration

USPP mounted unit.
The upcoming inauguration continues to attract a lot of attention, and a recent article in Traveler reported on some of the preparations for what could be a record crowd for such events. Plenty of work continues to take place behind the scenes, and somel of the government representatives who are training for the big day aren't even human.

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is Established by Presidential Proclamation

The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument recently proclaimed by President Bush incorporates the USS Arizona Memorial and eight other historic sites in Hawaii, Alaska, and California closely associated with the Pacific Theater of Battle. Adding this Monument to the National Park System helps people appreciate the tremendous geographic scale and complexity of the war and its aftermath.

National Park Service Draws Criticism for Winter-Use Plan for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

National Park Service officials have finalized winter-use rules for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and quickly drew condemnation for ignoring what's best for the parks' natural resources.

NRDC Calls For Endangered Species Act Protection for Whitebark Pine Tree

While most often we hear about fish, bird, or animal species needing Endangered Species Act protection, today a group is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend that protection to a tree, the whitebark pine.
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Zion National Park Looking for Help With Annual Bird Count

Like to count? Like birds? Like to count birds in Zion National Park?

Green Groups Lobbying To See Rep. Grijalva Nominated For Interior Secretary

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, who hasn't been bashful about criticizing President Bush's stewardship of public lands, should be the next Interior secretary, according to a far-reaching coalition of conservation and environmental groups.

More and Bigger is Better for Minidoka National Historic Site

Minidoka National Historic Site, the former Minidoka Internment National Monument, has acquired vital new acreage and a satellite site that will tell the park’s story in a richer, more complete way. Preserving and interpreting a World War II concentration camp for people of Japanese ancestry helps teach important lessons about racial prejudice, injustice, and the loss of civil liberties.

Memorial Ceremony for Pearl Harbor Day

Wreath at 2005 Pearl Harbor ceremony.
The National Park Service and the U. S. Navy will host a joint memorial ceremony commemorating the 67th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday morning, December 7th on board Naval Station Pearl Harbor’s Kilo Pier.

A Dangerous Trek for Lava Lovers

Would you like an up close and personal view of the big lava flow that’s making its way into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park? You’ll need to make a long trek over dangerous, unmarked terrain. Check with park officials first.

Federal Judge Orders Scrutiny of Power Plant Emission Control Plans

Conservation groups are cheering a federal judge's ruling that could provide more definite protection of the air over Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Interior Officials Release Draft Reports on Climate Change

Interior Department officials have made available for public review three reports assessing how climate change might impact public lands, including national parks.

Interior Department To Be Sued Over Cape Hatteras National Seashore Plover Habitat Decisions

Interior Department officials have been notified that a lawsuit will be forthcoming over decisions to designate critical habitat for piping plover at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Injuries Prove Fatal To Hiker Who Fell in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A 25-year-old Tennessean died Wednesday from injuries suffered nearly a month ago in a fall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Climbing is Capped at Mount McKinley and Climbers are Left to Wonder What’s Next

The NPS has announced an annual cap of 1,500 on Mt. McKinley climbers. Officials believe that unchecked growth in McKinley climbing would lead to intolerable crowding, put too much strain on park resources, cause environmental problems, and compromise climber safety. Are caps on the way in other climbing parks?

Is Someone Missing in the Backcountry of Sequoia National Park?

A fairly well-stocked, but empty, campsite in the backcountry of Sequoia National Park has rangers wondering if someone is in trouble in the park.

Lawsuit Filed Over Museum Complex Approved Near Valley Forge National Historical Park

A federal lawsuit has been filed in a bid to halt a museum complex from being built on land surrounded on three sides by Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Utah Man Dies in Fall at Zion National Park

A short fall in Zion National Park has killed a 55-year-old Utah man.

Sea Turtle Rescues at Cape Lookout

Rescued sea turtle gets a ride
Numerous sea turtles have been caught by unusually cold weather along the North Carolina coast since mid-November. That has led to dozens of rescues of the endangered reptiles in the past week at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Hikers, Bikers and National Parks

How big is the deal surrounding efforts pushed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association to expand mountain biking in the National Park System? Apparently the American Hiking Society thinks it's pretty big.
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