Parks in the News

Yosemite National Park Returns To Square One on Yosemite Valley Plan

After a series of legal setbacks, Yosemite National Park officials once again are setting out on the path to develop an acceptable development plan for the Yosemite Valley, one that is expected to fully take into consideration impacts to the wild and scenic Merced River.

National Park Service and The Access Fund Agree to Work Together

It took six years, but the National Park Service and the Access Fund, an organization that represents the interests of an estimated 1.6 million climbers, have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together.

Plans Announced to Digitally Map Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Digital mapping. This relatively new technology is a boon to archaeologists and preservationists. It's already been employed at Mesa Verde National Park, and now plans are in the works to digitally map the focal point of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Checkpoints Help Make Park Roads Safer at Rocky Mountain and Grand Teton National Parks

Fall River Road in Rocky Mtn. National Park.
There's been some discussion on this site in recent months about the need for parks to be more proactive in terms of safety and accident prevention. At least one park has done so in terms of vehicle safety, and another will try to reduce risks on the road for the July 4 weekend.

Stocking of Non-Native Fish at North Cascades National Park Comes to a Halt

With the U.S. Senate's inaction on a measure that would direct the National Park Service to allow stocking of non-native fish in North Cascades National Park, that practice has come to an end. But park biologists are working with Washington state fisheries experts to improve fishing elsewhere in the park.

Ban on Glass and Styrofoam Containers in Effect at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead.
Officials at Lake Mead National Recreation Area are expecting plenty of visitors for the holiday weekend, and they're reminding them about new regulations that went into effect last March: glass and styrofoam containers are no longer welcome in the park.

Two Forest Fires Burning In Yosemite National Park

If you're planning to spend the holiday weekend in Yosemite National Park, you might run into smoky conditions on occasion due to two fires burning in the park.

Senator From North Dakota Trying to Legislate Elk Management in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

A U.S. senator, unhappy with progress Theodore Roosevelt National Park officials are making on reducing the park's elk herd, is trying to legislate a hunt in the park to get the job done.

Does the Federal Government Really Want to Seize Six California State Parks?

The federal government has threatened to seize six California state parks if the Golden State temporarily closes them to cut costs and help close a serious budgetary gap. What’s the likelihood that the feds would actually do such a thing? Should Californians really care?

Two Children Have a Very Close Call at Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Lake. Photo by Kimberly Finch/National Park Service.
A family boating trip on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park nearly had a tragic ending earlier this week. Prompt emergency care saved the day, and the situation can serve as a reminder for others as the peak summer boating season begins.

Land Swap Moves American Revolution Center Out of Valley Forge National Historical Park

In a surprising move that resolves a long-simmering feud, the proponents of the American Revolution Center have worked out a deal with the National Park Service to build the complex in Philadelphia at Independence National Historical Park and not in the middle of Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Construction Shuts Off Some Access to Norris Geyser Basin In Yellowstone National Park

Ahhh summertime. The best time of year to visit national parks, and the time when most folks do just that. Unfortunately, if you're heading to Yellowstone National Park part of the Norris Geyser Basin is closed for about a month due to reconstruction of some 400 feet of boardwalk.

Watch Out For Construction Crews Around Bodie Island at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Heading to Cape Hatteras National Seashore this summer? Then you'll want to read the latest on this summer's construction activity around Bodie Island.

Restoring Health to Florida’s Everglades National Park and Its Diverse Wildlife

Much talk has been expended during the past decade concerning the health of Florida's Everglades and Everglades National Park. Now there are substantial signs that real progress is being made in restoring this incredible and unique ecosystem.

Interior Secretary Salazar Endorses World Heritage Committee Visit to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who last week called for Everglades National Park to again be listed as a World Heritage Site In Danger, is endorsing the committee's decision to examine mining threats to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

Americans' Dream Vacation in 2009? That'd Be A National Park Visit According to Survey

Here's an interesting tidbit: When Americans are asked where their 2009 dream vacation would take them, a national park visit ranked No. 1.

Vessel Speed Restrictions Extended At Glacier Bay National Park to Protect Whales

More humpback whales and their calves are showing up in the waters of Glacier Bay National Park, and that has prompted park officials to extend speed restrictions on vessels cruising through those waters.

Should the Trains Keep Rolling into Grand Canyon National Park?

Here's an item that, on its face, seems rather non-controversial: Should the one or two trains that roll into Grand Canyon National Park from Williams, Arizona, each day be allowed to continue their operations?

Rescued Park Visitors Return to Yosemite National Park to Thank Good Samaritan

Ranger Abbe and the pair he rescued
In today's busy world, we don't often hear about recipients of a good deed taking time to formally thank a Good Samaritan. Two California residents made it a point to return to Yosemite National Park recently to thank a ranger they credit with saving their lives.

UNESCO Agrees to Send Field Team to Inspect Threats to Glacier, Waterton National Parks

Things are going to get real interesting on the U.S.-Canadian border where Glacier and Waterton Lakes national parks meet now that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Committee has voted to send a team to the parks to inspect threats to their resources.

Take Your Boat, But Not Invasive Mussels, to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

If you're heading to Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area with your boat, better be certain there are no non-native mussels hitching a ride.

Hot Springs Hoopla Goads Government

The National Park Service wants the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas, to quit advertising itself in ways that blur the distinction between the city and Hot Springs National Park.

Have You Seen the National Park Service's Redesigned Web Portal Yet?

Have you seen the National Park Service's new web portal? The redesigned site is cleaner and easier to navigate than the older version.

Survey Says National Park Service Is Far from the Best Government Agency to Work For

You'd think that waking up every day in places such as Yellowstone, Olympic, Acadia, Yosemite or Rocky Mountain national parks would be part of a dream job. But a survey of federal employees shows that those working for the National Park Service are far from being the most content with their jobs.

Secretary Salazar Wants Everglades National Park to Return to Endangered List

Righting what he calls a wrong of the Bush administration, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wants Everglades National Park to once again be listed as a World Heritage Site in Danger.

Latest Pastime of Yellowstone National Park Bison: Human Tossing

Meek and mellow Yellowstone National Park bison most definitely are not. A woman learned that lesson painfully Wednesday when butted into the air by a bison that apparently didn't like the phone call she was making.

Softness Continues To Be the Story Across National Park Lodging

Though summer is officially here and the Fourth of July is within sight, there continues to be a softness in the demand for lodging space in the national parks this summer and into the fall.

Is Senator Feinstein Speaking Out of Both Sides of Her Mouth on National Park Matters?

National parks very well may be one of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's loves, but oysters seemingly trump her view of national park values.

National Park Service Launches Website to Help You Plan Your Fourth of July Celebration

With the Fourth of July holiday weekend not too far off, the National Park Service has launched a website that will help you plan your holiday celebration somewhere in the National Park System. And you'd expect the Park Service to have some pointers, as it preserves numerous areas that commemorate the birth of the United States and American Independence.

Grand Canyon National Park Crews Working to Restore Endangered Humpback Chub To Shinumo Creek

There are efforts under way to restore a stream in Grand Canyon National Park with some endangered humpback chub.
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