Parks in the News

Park History: Acadia National Park

Spend any time in Acadia National Park during the summer and early fall and you'll understand why the "rusticators" descended on the park in the mid-1800s.

Elephant Seals Returning to Point Reyes National Seashore For Breeding

They're big, the males are ugly, and it's best to keep your distance. Yep, it's time for the Northern elephant seals to breed and pup at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Controlled Flood Proposed for the Colorado River Through Grand Canyon National Park

What in essence would be a controlled flood is being proposed for the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park.

NPCA Asks Secretary Kempthorne Not To Change Gun Regs in National Parks

National Parks Conservation Association President Tom Kiernan has asked Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne not to change regulations pertaining to guns in the national parks.
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Association of National Park Rangers Opposes Change in Park Gun Regulations

You can add the Association of National Park Rangers to the groups that oppose a change in gun laws to allow concealed weapons to be carried legally in the national park system.

National Park Status Proposed for Oregon, West Virginia State Parks

In what surely is an uncanny coincidence, there are proposals to turn state parks in Oregon and West Virginia that are built around waterfalls into national parks.

Great Basin National Park's Air Could Be Compromised By Proposed Power Plant

Great Basin National Park, which boasts the cleanest air of any park in the Lower 48, could lose that distinction if a coal-fired power plant is allowed to go on-line as proposed just 38 miles northwest of the park.
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Tiny Lizard That Calls Death Valley National Park Home Could Be Added to ESA List

A small lizard that skitters about Death Valley National Park might soon gain protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Tar Sands Development Could Impact Canyonlands National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Glen Canyon NRA

A natural resources juxtapositonal twist of fate has placed the spectacular Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in close proximity to an energy deposit whose extraction could sully the park units.

Conservation Groups Sue DOE To Halt Transmission Corridors Without Further Study

In a bid to protect endangered species as well as national park viewsheds and landscapes, a coalition of conservation and environmental organizations is suing the U.S. Department of Energy over its National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors plans for the Mid-Atlantic and Southwestern states.
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Do Cougars Roam Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore?

A surprisingly steady flow of cougar sightings in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has park officials looking for the big cats, but so far they've managed to elude the searchers.
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Will Spring Bring Gorgeous Wildflowers to Death Valley National Park?

Spring 2005 in Death Valley National Park gained venerated status among flower lovers for its incredible wildflower blooms. Those blooms --dubbed the "bloom of the century" -- were trigged by heavy fall and winter rains that dumped nearly 6.5 inches of moisture on Death Valley. So, with 2008 starting out stormy in the West, how will Death Valley's blooms be this spring?

Zion National Park's New Backcountry Management Plan Reduces Daily Traffic in The Narrows

It won't be quite so crowded in Zion Narrows under the new backcountry management plan adopted by Zion National Park.

Death Valley's Bobcats Likely Lured In By Poor Food Handling at Inn

Two recent bobcat attacks at Death Valley National Park likely were spurred by poor food handling at the Furnace Creek Inn, according to park officials.

Lynx, Long Sought in Yellowstone National Park, Is Caught on Film

One of the most mysterious creatures of the boreal forest, the lynx historically has been tied to Yellowstone National Park. But in recent years, its existence in the park has been hard to document, tied only to a few paw prints and DNA coaxed from scat and hairs. Now park biologists have a photograph to add to their evidence.

2007 Visitation Across National Park System Projected To Rise

Two years ago there were concerns that national parks were losing their pull over the traveling public. Today, though, National Park Service officials are bullish about visitation, pointing to gains at a number of parks, including Yosemite and Yellowstone.

World Heritage Report on Yellowstone National Park's Threats Called "Superficial"

A draft report Yellowstone National Park officials have prepared on threats to the park has been dubbed "superficial," and even park officials admit it's not overly comprehensive.
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Bobcats Attack Two at Death Valley National Park

Think of Death Valley wildlife and you think of....well, rattlesnakes perhaps. But the park has a population of bobcats, as a visitor and Furnace Creek resort employee learned recently when they were attacked by two of the felines.

Resolutions and the National Parks: What Will You Do?

Resolutions are end-of-the-year stuff. We take stock of what we've done the past 365 days and vow to make changes in the coming year. With that in mind, perhaps some of those resolutions should involve the national parks.

2007's Top National Park Stories

Politics stalked the national park system throughout 2007. From snowmobiles in Yellowstone to off-road vehicles in Big Cypress, it seemed natural resources and careful stewardship were trumped too often.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Studying Interpretive Options for Moccasin Bend

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (better known as Chick/Chatt) is the nation’s first park to commemorate a battle. Now, it might have a chance to better explain its Native American history as well.

What Will 2008 Bring the National Park System?

2007 is just about history. 2008, though, is still unvarnished, full of hope and promise. With that in mind, what will the new year bring to the national park system? Here's some wishful thinking....

Friends of Acadia Close on Land Deal to Help Acadia National Park

A land purchase by the Friends of Acadia has closed and cleared the way for the "Acadia Gateway Center" that will greet visitors to Acadia National Park.

Park Service OKs Monetary Settlement On Great Smoky Mountains National Park's North Shore Road

More than six decades after promising to build a road along the north shore of Fontana Lake in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the National Park Service has signed off on a deal to settle the matter with a cash payout of $52 million. Today's action brings an end to the long saga of the so-called "road to nowhere."

Possible Wolf Spotted in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park officials, who just recently announced a program to reduce elk numbers in their park, might get some help from nature. Officials say a black-colored canine spotted on December 4 possibly was a wolf.

Groups Sue Park Service Over ORV Use in Big Cypress National Preserve

A coalition of seven groups is suing the National Park Service over its decision to reauthorize off-road vehicle use in an area of Big Cypress National Preserve, saying the move directly impacts sensitive Florida panther habitat.

Robin Winks on the Evolution and Meaning of the Organic Act

Robin Winks
The late historian Robin Winks long has been heralded for his distillation of the National Park Service Organic Act. In this, the latest parks essay from the George Wright Society, his words are recalled. Denis Galvin, a former deputy director of the National Park Service, provides an afterword.
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Congressional Democrats Working to Keep Hunters Out of Santa Rosa Island

Congressional Democrats are working to see that the omnibus spending bill working its way to President Bush contains language that would bring a halt to private hunts on part of Channel Islands National Park.

National Parks Spending Bill Explanation

For policy wonks, the accompanying attachment explains how the omnibus spending bill aids the national park system. Within its pages you can find some specific appropriations for historic preservation, construction, and land acquisition.
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Omnibus Bill Provides $2.39 billion 08 Budget for National Park Service

The omnibus spending bill awaiting full Senate action calls for $2.39 billion for the National Park Service in FY08 (which started this past October).
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