Parks in the News

Understanding Mountain Lions at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Gets A Boost From New Lion

Despite its highly urbanized setting, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has a decidedly wild edginess, one that springs from its resident mountain lions.

Glacier National Park Officials Decide to Remove Grizzly Bear Family From Park

A grizzly bear sow who has no fear of humans, and who seems to be teaching her cubs not to be afraid of them, will be removed from Glacier National Park, Superintendent Chas Cartwright has announced.

Private Development of Fort Hancock in Gateway National Recreation Area Collapses for Lack of Financing

In a turn of events that raises questions about the National Park Service's ability to conduct due diligence, the agency has declared null and void a 60-year-lease given to a developer eight years ago for three dozen historic buildings at Fort Hancock in Gateway National Recreation Area. This decision comes in the wake of six extensions given the developer to prove he had the necessary financing in place to handle the project.
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Grand Teton National Park's Snake River Proves Yet Again Too Challenging For Visitors

Rule No. 1 when you're launching your craft into the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park: Know what you're up against. Rule No. 2: If you're not up to the challenge, take a hike. A trio of Utahns failed to follow those rules and wound up relying on park rangers to save them. Their rental canoe, however, has yet to be recovered.

IUCN Scientists to Visit Glacier National Park in September to Study Possible Risks From Coal Mining

A team of international scientists will visit Glacier National Park and its northern neighbor, Waterton Lakes National Park, in September to study risks that might be posed by coal mining in British Columbia not far from the parks.

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide for a Warming World -- Salmon of the Pacific Northwest

Life is not easy for salmon in the Pacific Northwest. They’re born inland, usually in a stream far from the ocean. Then, when they’re old enough, they have to swim all the way to the ocean, hopefully timing it right so there will be plenty to eat when they arrive. Some years later, if they’ve managed to avoid the Pacific’s predators, they have to retrace that journey to return to where they were born so they can mate. And then they die.

Seasonal Law-Enforcement Ranger At Glacier Bay National Park Charged with Two Counts of Second-Degree Sexual Assault

National Park Service officials are working to terminate a seasonal law-enforcement ranger at Glacier Bay National Park who has been charged with two counts of sexual assault in the second degree.

Fall From Tokopah Falls Kills Visitor to Sequoia National Park

A 19-year-old visitor to Sequoia National Park was killed Monday when he fell about 50 feet from Tokopah Falls, according to the National Park Service.

Glacier National Park Gets OK to Remove Non-Native Lake Trout From Quartz Lake

Glacier National Park officials have received approval to move forward with a plan to remove non-native lake trout from Quartz Lake. Now the hard work begins.

Tour Helicopter En Route to Grand Canyon Makes Emergency Landing After Bird Strike

Damage to helicopter
Six tourists from London signed up for a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon, but their flight took a frightening detour, and ended far short of their intended destination.

Updated: Parks in Hawaii Prepare for Tropical Storm Felicia

Hawaii Volcanoes NP scene.
NPS sites in Hawaii are preparing for the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Felicia later today. Backcountry trails and campsites and other areas have been closed at two parks, and visitors should check on current conditions before planning a visit.

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide For a Warming World

The effects of climate change have been visible for years in our national parks. Glaciers are disappearing faster than scientists had predicted even a few years ago. Native trees and animals are losing ground because changing temperature and weather patterns are making the availability of food, water and shelter less certain.

Fatal Fall from Angels Landing in Zion National Park

Angels landing
A California woman died in a fall Sunday morning from the popular site in Zion National Park known as Angels Landing.

Injured Hiker Rescued after Night on Mountain at Rocky Mountain National Park

A hiker at Rocky Mountain National Park suffered a broken leg in a fall in the park's backcountry. He and rangers spent the night on a rocky slope above 12,000 feet before he was flown to a Denver hospital on Sunday afternoon.

The First NPS Area to be Officially Tsunami-Ready? Redwood National and State Parks

map of tsunami's affecting the U.S.
The staff at Redwood National and State Parks has gone the extra mile to prepare for a hazard most visitors don't think about very often: a tsunami. The park is the first NPS area to earn TsunamiReady designation by the National Weather Service. Here's a quick tsunami primer.

Mesa Verde National Park Protects Not Only Vestiges of a Lost Culture, But Also Wilderness

Forty-five years after the first wilderness areas were designated in the United States, the Mesa Verde Wilderness area remains largely unknown to the public, even though most people in Cortez can see it every day.

Second Century Commission Explores Role of National Park Service in its Second Century

What do you expect from the National Park System? How would you like to see the National Park Service manage the 391 parks? Those are at the same time simple and complex questions. Perhaps the obvious answer is that we want parks managed for people to enjoy. But from there the obvious quickly fades away. Do we want them managed for preservation, for the betterment of species that inhabit the parks, for their landscapes to persist immemorially?
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Scuttlebutt Has It That A Hold Has Been Placed On the Nomination of Jon Jarvis as National Park Service Director

There's scuttlebutt going around that the Senate never got to vote on Jon Jarvis's nomination as director of the National Park Service because one senator placed a "hold" on his nomination.

Sixteen Boaters Safe After Two Accidents at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Rescued boaters arriving on shore.
A total of 16 boaters are safe after two separate boating accidents at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and in at least one of the incidents, life jackets lived up to their name.

Heat Claims the Life of Boy Stranded for Five Days in Isolated Area of Death Valley National Park

Death Valley scene.
An intended one-night camping trip to Death Valley National Park had a tragic ending for a mother and her 11-year-old son. They were stranded for five days after their vehicle got stuck in a remote area of the vast desert park. The mother was rescued but her son did not survive the intense heat.

The First Family Plans to Visit Two Western National Parks Next Weekend

President Obama and his family on a trip to Accra, Ghana
If you plan to be in either Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Parks next weekend, you may want to count on a little extra traffic. The first family plans to join you.

National Shooting Sports Foundation Upset Over Grand Teton National Park's Suggestion That Lead Ammunition Is Health Threat

As proof that any gun-related issue is too hot for the National Park Service, a suggestion by Grand Teton National Park officials that lead ammunition used by hunters could pose a health threat is being condemned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Plans For 75th Anniversary License Plate Collapse, But There Are Limited Edition Posters

If you live in North Carolina and were hoping to attach a Blue Ridge Parkway commemorative 75th anniversary license plate onto your rig, you can forget about it. The foundation has decided too many obstacles stand in the way of producing the special plates.

Studies Show Summer Traffic in Yellowstone National Park Not As Polluting As Snowmobiles in Winter

While there are many, many more cars, trucks, and motorcycles traveling through Yellowstone National Park in summer than snowmobiles in winter, the summer traffic is not quite as polluting, according to park studies. Indeed, a greater problem with air quality in summer stems from forest fires.

This Big Bang at Badlands National Park Wasn't Just a Theory

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Unexploded military ordnance turns up in parks from time to time, and a recent find in Badlands National Park was handled cautiously. That proved to be the right call.

Are You a Fan of Lighthouses? National Lighthouse Day is Coming Up

Sullivan's Island Light.
National Lighthouse Day is being observed around the country on August 7, and there are some excellent examples of those beacons in NPS areas. Some parks will host special events this weekend; one of them is more often associated with a famous battle than a lighthouse.

Clock Ticking on Jon Jarvis's Confirmation Vote in the U.S. Senate

Time is running out for Jon Jarvis to be confirmed as the next director of the National Park Service. If the Senate doesn't confirm his selection by the end of business Friday, the vote will have to wait until the Congress returns after the August break.

Death Valley National Park Working To Protect Fish That Live in 90-Degree Hot Spring

A tiny fish, one that lives in a 90-degree hot spring within a limestone cave and whose fate once was pondered by the U.S. Supreme Court, is now the focus of a Death Valley National Park plan designed to help the species avoid extinction.

Judge Mulling Request To Address Yellowstone National Park's Wandering Bison

When last we left the issue of free-roaming bison in Yellowstone National Park, there was controversy over how the animals were being "hazed" back into the park from a place called the Horse Butte Peninsula in Montana. Now the Montana Stockgrowers Association has gone to court to force the hazing to follow a more specific schedule, even though no cattle are grazed on the land in question.

Vandals Trash Historic CCC Building at Colorado National Monument

A building at Colorado National Monument constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps crews in 1941 and long popular with visitors to the monument has been vandalized.
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