Parks in the News

National Parks Lost A Strong Advocate With the Passing of Art Allen

The National Park System lost a strong advocate when Arthur C. Allen passed away on Friday.

Successful Shorebird Nesting Season Over At Cape Lookout National Seashore

Despite the storms that battered Cape Lookout National Seashore this summer, park officials report that the shorebird nesting season seems to have been successful, with good broods from piping plovers, oystercatchers, terns, and Wilson's plovers.

On Canyoneering, Politics, and Teens Studying Climate Change in the National Parks

Slipping from the top of the arch into the abyss below was a difficult move that rattled my psyche. Even though the sandstone band I was perched on was not much more than 4 feet wide, it was stable. Putting my faith into the rope cinched to my climbing harness and dropping into the 100-foot void went completely against my desire for self-preservation.

What's Brewing in the U.S. Senate In Terms of National Park-Related Legislation?

It's always interesting to watch Congress. Not always pleasant, but always interesting. Why, just take a look at some of the national park-related legislation that has been introduced in the Senate since June alone.

More Nesting Site Vandalism At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Yet another act of vandalism has struck nesting grounds at Cape Hatteras National Seashore -- this time involving a turtle nest -- and in turn seashore officials expanded the off-limits boundary area around the site.

Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker Dies In Fall Near Odessa Lake

A Colorado woman hiking near Odessa Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park died after falling 25-50 feet into a creek.

End-to-End Travel On "Sun Road" in Glacier National Park Ends Sept. 21 Due to Road Work

Fall can be a fantastic season to experience Glacier National Park, what with the crisp air, wildlife on the move, color streaking the forests, and crowds somewhere else. But road construction on the Going-to-the-Sun Road could complicate things for even the savviest traveler.

Wanna Be in Pictures? Casting Call for Upcoming Film at Gettysburg National Military Park

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Can you act? Looking for a chance to be "on-screen"? This may be your chance: Gettysburg National Military Park is conducting auditions next week for a TV production that will be filmed later this month.

There Won’t be Any “Hot Springs National Park Massage Parlor” on Ken Salazar’s Watch

The Park Service insists that Hot Springs, Arkansas is violating the NPS trademark by using “Hot Springs National Park” in the city logo. The city has said that’s baloney. Now Interior Secretary Salazar says that he wants to see the dispute resolved amicably without damaging the National Park brand.

Missing Hiker Reported in Kings Canyon National Park

A 52-year-old hiker has been reported as missing in Kings Canyon National Park after heading out to summit Split Mountain.

Court Ruling Blocks Some ORV Access to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Other Federal Lands

A split ruling this week by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concerning off-road vehicle access to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and other public lands in southern Utah could also affect ORV issues on national park lands throughout the region.
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Another Gettysburg Witness Tree is Lost

The bad news: Another Gettysburg witness tree has been felled. The good news: The wood harvested from this arboreal geezer will help raise money for the park.

Rock Slide Expected to Keep Zion National Park's Weeping Rock Trail Closed At Least Through Labor Day

Folks planning to head to Zion National Park this Labor Day holiday weekend will have to forgo a walk to the Weeping Rock, as a rockslide has closed the trail for the immediate future.

Being Prepared And Keeping Cool Leads To Happy Ending For Man Injured High In Rocky Mountain National Park

There's little worse than a successful summit of a classic Colorado 14er than suffering an injury on the way down. But thanks to being prepared and thinking calmly, an Illinois man will heal and no doubt notch many more summits following a tumble on the flanks of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

PFDs Are Proven Lifesavers. Should Boaters be Required to Wear Them?

Two men in canoe tipping over.
Personal flotation devices (PFDs), otherwise known as life jackets, are proven lifesavers for boaters—if they're properly worn. Should boaters be required to wear them? A recent incident at the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River confirms that's a good idea.

Illegal Guiding Service Busted in Zion National Park

Despite being warned about running an illegal guiding service in Zion National Park, a Utah man continued to do just that. Last month he paid the price when he was convicted for doing so.

Mammoth Cave National Park Finds "Sister Parks" In China

Geologically similar parks with strikingly different perspectives -- Mammoth Cave National in the United States and China's Shilin Stone Forest National Park, Libo Zhangjiang National Park, and Wulong National Park -- have signed sister park agreements that open up avenues for the sharing of research and management styles.

Yellowstone Park Foundation Campaign Aims to Furnish Bear Boxes in Campgrounds

Some of the most-read stories on the Traveler revolve around bears. Folks seem to love to hear about what bruins are up to, or are outraged when they're killed because they've become problem bears. Well, the Yellowstone Park Foundation is mounting a campaign to help the bears in Yellowstone National Park avoid the temptations of human food.

Yosemite National Park Employee Dies in Climbing Accident

A Yosemite National Park wildlife biologist has been killed in a climbing accident in the park's backcountry.

Cape Lookout National Seashore Marking Lighthouse's 150th Birthday With Juried Art Exhibit

For 150 years, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse has alerted mariners to the shoals off the North Carolina coast. Among the many events Cape Lookout National Seashore is holding this anniversary year is a juried art exhibit open to painters and photographers alike.

National Park Foundation, Armed With $500,000 Grant, Working To Bring More Minorities into National Parks

It long has been recognized that the National Park System appeals heavily to Anglo-Americans, and less so to minorities. Head away from the metropolitan areas of California and the East Coast and it often becomes more and more difficult to see many Hispanics, Asians, or African-Americans in the parks. The National Park Foundation hopes to reverse that trend through a grant program fueled with a $500,000 grant from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr., Fund.

Marine Sciences Group Renovating Historic Fort Hancock Building at Gateway National Recreation Area for HQ

Controversy was ignited when the National Park Service tendered a six-decades-long contract to a developer who wanted to turn rundown historic buildings at Gateway National Recreation Area into restaurants, B&Bs, and lecture halls. The same can't be said about a marine sciences group's renovations to another historic building at Gateway.

National Park Service Reaches Final Agreements To Obtain Land Needed for Flight 93 Memorial

A long, sometimes acrimonious, effort to secure land for the Flight 93 Memorial came to fruition Monday when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the government has reached agreement with all the affected landowners for the properties needed to build the memorial honoring those who died in the western Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001.

Great Smoky’s Highway 441 to be Closed Temporarily for 75th Anniversary Rededication Ceremony

Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441), the only highway crossing Great Smoky Mountains National Park between Gatlinburg and Cherokee, will be closed from sunset Tuesday, September 1, until late afternoon Wednesday, September 2.

Another "Inland Tsunami" Damages Facilities at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

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Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area in Washington State has experienced several impressive waves caused by large landslides on the adjacent shoreline. The latest occurred last week, when a slide-triggered wave damaged shoreline facilities at a park campground.

Officials Working to Ensure Recovery Of Endangered Fishes In Upper Colorado River Basin

A longstanding problem for fisheries in the Upper Colorado River Basin is the competing demands for water. It's needed for irrigation, it's needed to generate power, and it's needed, not surprisingly, to sustain fisheries. With drought a frequent visitor to the states of Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, how that huge watershed is cooperatively managed is critical for all these demands.

Big Meadow Fire At Yosemite National Park Up to 4,382 Acres, Restricted Access Monday Along Tioga Road

The Big Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park has grown to nearly 4,400 acres, and fire bosses plan to institute restricted access along the Tioga Road between Crane Flat and White Wolf beginning Monday and continuing indefinitely.

70-Year-Old Backpacker Airlifted Out of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Spam, fruit, and rainwater sustained a lost 70-year-old backpacker in Great Smoky Mountains National Park who was hoisted to safety Sunday morning by a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter after being stranded atop an outcrop for the past week.

Here's a Handy Website For Following National Park Issues Concerning World Heritage Sites

Quite a few U.S. national parks are listed as World Heritage Sites, and they're often in the news. There's a handy website out there run by the National Park Service's Office of International Affairs that can help you stay abreast of issues involving this sites.

FAQs About the Out-of-Control Big Meadow Fire at Yosemite National Park

Whenever something doesn't go according to plan, people understandably want to know what went wrong. And so the officials at Yosemite National Park have put together this list of frequently asked questions about what went awry with the Big Meadow fire -- a prescribed burn that quickly got out of control.
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