Parks in the News

Tiny Toads To Slow Traffic At Cape Cod National Seashore

Piping plovers and sea turtles have halted traffic at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, lava flows and their gases have done the same at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and floods have shut down traffic at Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park. At Cape Cod National Seashore, a tiny toad has the power to divert traffic.
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What's The Latest On Search For New National Park Service Director? No One's Saying

"Process" is the answer given when you ask folks at the Interior Department why Secretary Ken Salazar hasn't settled on a new director for the National Park Service.

Clock Ticking On Decision Regarding Stocking North Cascades National Park With Non-Native Fish

Should North Cascades National Park remain the only national park that stocks non-native fish in its waters? Or should it adhere to the National Park Service's policies that prohibit such activity? Those are explosive questions in Washington state.

Springtime: Roads Opening In Yellowstone National Park, Bears Coming Out in Grand Teton National Park

Ahhh springtime in the Rockies, that wonderful season when plowers open more and more roads in Yellowstone National Park, bears come out of hibernation in Grand Teton National Park, and blizzards aren't out of the question.

National Park Rangers Find Tasers Efficient Tools In Potentially Combative Situations

Rangers at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area were just the latest in the National Park System to resort to the use of a Taser to resolve a potentially combative situation.

Podcasts on Mountain Pine Beetles and Wilderness Can be Found at The Rocky Mountain Nation Podcast

Here at the Traveler we've written quite a bit about mountain pine beetle attacks on forests in the Rockies, as well as wilderness issues. Well, over at the Rocky Mountain Nation Podcast you can listen to similar stories.

Keep Up to Date with National Parks Traveler On Twitter

Though we at Traveler don't want to see cyberspace take over all aspects of visiting national parks, we are expanding in that direction to help you follow the news.

Junior Ranger Day - and an Essay Contest with a Serious Prize

Kids with ranger at Mesa Verde NP.
A number of NPS areas are offering special activities for Junior Ranger Day on April 25, 2009, and a related Junior Ranger Essay Contest offers a serious prize: a $1,000 Visa gift card.

Orchards Being Replanted at Gettsyburg National Military Park to Recreate 1860s Appearance

Quite often we hear about tree removal projects to recreate appearances at Civil War units of the National Park System. At Gettysburg National Military Park, they're planting trees to return the landscape to 1860s appearances.

National Park Service Extends Invitation For Gunners In Two National Monuments

If you're interested in 18th century warfare, and aren't tongue-tied by Spanish, the folks at the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas national monuments are looking for you.

Is it Safe to Drink the Water at Grand Canyon National Park?

Grand canyon.
For the next month or two, visitors to Grand Canyon National Park may notice that drinking water coming from the taps in the park looks a bit "cloudy." Is the water safe to drink? The park recently supplied the answer—and an explanation.

Trails at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Reopen Just in Time for Waterfall Week

Whiskeytown Falls.
All trails at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in California have reopened for the summer season—and just in time for the park's Waterfall Week. A number of trails in the park have been closed due to the risk of mudslides, after large wildfires in the park last summer.

Are Yellowstone National Park's Grizzlies Changing Denning Habits Due to Climate Change?

Are grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park altering their long winter's slumber due to a changing climate? Federal wildlife biologists think so, and want to take a closer look into this possibility.

National Parks: Valuable Assets In Efforts To Conserve Birdlife

Xantus's Murrelet, copyright Glen Tepke.
Peregrine Falcons, once teetering on extinction, are regulars at Acadia National Park. Bald Eagles, also once feared to be ready to blink out, have rebounded incredibly and are highly visible in many national parks. During a week-long canoe trip in Yellowstone National Park last fall I was blown away by the birdlife. But how is the overall "state of birds" in America these days? Unfortunately, things aren't entirely as they appear.

Injuries From Fall Prove Fatal to 73-Year-Old Hiker In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A 73-year-old Kentucky man has died from injuries suffered in a fall while hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

UPDATED: Officials Confirm Recent Rockfall in Yosemite National Park was the Largest in Decades

map of Yosemite Valley rockfalls
Park officials have confirmed that a recent rockfall at Yosemite National Park was in fact the largest such documented event in the park more in than two decades. Part of a popular trail buried by the debris from the event remains closed.

Sky Diving at Denali National Park? A Florida-Based Company Thinks It's a Great Idea

Mt. McKinley.
Denali National Park and Preserve is home to the highest mountain in North America, a distinction that inevitably attracts mountaineers and sightseers from all over the world. Now a new twist in possible activities at Denali is under discussion: sky diving.

Great Basin National Park Is Facing Threats to its Clear Air and Water Resources

Not even its remote location in eastern Nevada can protect Great Basin National Park from the pressures, demands, and impacts of urban areas. Proposed power plants threaten its air, and growing Las Vegas could impact the park's water resources.

Mount Rainier National Park: Reaching Out to Camping Newbies

How many of you would jump at the chance to join rangers at Mount Rainier National Park on a three-day camping trek? And keep in mind, this offer comes with equipment, food, and rangers tossed in for free.

Aging Activists Gather at Congaree National Park to Recall a Nick-of-Time Rescue

The spectacular old-growth forest of the Congaree floodplain would have been lost forever had it not been for a grassroots campaign that achieved a highly implausible victory back in the 1970s. Veterans of the campaign gathered at Congaree National Park this past weekend to share memories of that long-ago struggle.

UPDATED: Think You Have a Knack for Outdoor Photography? Here's a Chance to Show Your Stuff

Garden of the Gods photo
If you enjoy outdoor photography and would like a chance to see your work in publication, you may be interested in the Sixth Annual National Natural Landmarks photo contest.

Sequoia National Park Officials Developing Cave Management Plan

Sequoia National Park long has been known for its tall trees and High Sierra backcountry. But more and more of what's under the park's surface is being discovered, necessitating an updating of the park's Cave Management Plan.

UPDATED: Authorities Confirm the Deaths of Father and Daughter at Biscayne National Park

The spring boating season is off to a sad start at Biscayne National Park in Florida, where authorities have released additional details about the deaths of a father and daughter last weekend.

Iconic Trail at Grand Canyon National Park Set for a Major Makeover

View on the South Kaibab Trail.
For over 80 years, hikers and mule riders have enjoyed—or endured—trips up and down the South Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon National Park. That's a lot of footprints, and the iconic route will receive a major, multi-year makeover starting in May 2009.

Building at Glacier National Park Garners LEED Gold Certification

Glacier National Park's Apgar Transit Center has received the U.S. Green Building Council's gold certificate for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for its "pioneering example of sustainable design."

Verizon Wireless Wants Cellphone Tower Near Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park

Can you hear me now? Verizon Wireless wants an affirmative answer to that question if you're in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, and says it needs a cellphone tower possibly 80 feet tall in Kings Canyon to get it.

Where Does Your Reservation At Yosemite National Park Stand?

Rockfalls at Yosemite National Park have created a lodging problem in the Yosemite Valley, but it might not be as bad as you were initially led to think.

Descendants of Mesa Verde Anasazi Help Produce a Musical Masterpiece

The Pueblo Indians in New Mexico and northern Arizona are descendants of the Ancestral Puebloans who abandoned the cliff dwellings now preserved in Mesa Verde National Park. Does the modern pueblo culture straddle the ages? See for yourself. Just cue this composite audio/video, turn up the volume, and get ready for a surprise.

"A Wildlife Crisis of Unprecedented Proportions"

Little brown bats with white-nose syndrome.
Managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have closed all of the park's caves to public entry until further notice. The move is in response to growing concern about white-nose syndrome, a new malady that the Fish and Wildlife Service calls "a wildlife crisis of unprecedented proportions."

Remains of Professor Who Went Missing in Canyonlands National Park Found in Needles District

It was just about a year ago that a college professor headed into the remote backcountry of Canyonlands National Park to find his final resting place. His remains recently were discovered by another hiker.
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