Parks in the News

Appalachian Trail Hiking Death Prompts Call For Hikers To Be Safety-Minded On The Trail

The recent death of a hiker who was struck by a falling tree on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail has prompted the American Hiking Society to remind hikers not to let their guard down while out on the trail.

Glacier National Park Ranger Shoots Mountain Lion Tangling With Dog

A fight between a mountain lion and a dog at Glacier National Park came to an end when a park ranger shot and killed the big cat after efforts to separate the two animals failed.

UC Berkeley And The National Parks: A Centennial Retrospective

A much publicized conference, Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century, opens today at the University of California, Berkeley. Led by the National Park Service and National Geographic Society, conference sponsors propose “to launch a Second Century of stewardship for the parks, 100 years after the historic meetings at UC Berkeley that helped launch the National Park Service.” A specialist on those meetings, Dr. Alfred Runte reports on why the story does not end there.

Reforestation Continuing At Flight 93 National Memorial

On April 17-18 the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, and Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial are continuing a major reforestation effort that will eventually result in 150,000 new trees at Flight 93 National Memorial, the nation’s permanent memorial to the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93, and all of those lost on September 11, 2001.

Conference Will Use "Back to the Future" Theme to Look Ahead At Science In The NPS

A number of universities in our country have contributed invaluable support for the National Park Service through research and ideas, and such ties with University of California, Berkeley, are especially significant. An upcoming summit, “Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century,” will be held March 25-27 on the Berkeley campus, and the plenary sessions will be live-streamed at parksforscience.berkeley.edu

National Park Service Maintenance Backlog Approaching $11.5 Billion

The backlog in maintenance across the National Park System is approaching $11.5 billion and touches many areas of the visitor experience, from campgrounds and trails to visitor centers and roads and bridges, according to the National Park Service.

Bells To Ring On April 9 To Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Appomattox Surrender

Special events on April 9, 2015, at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park will be part of a nationwide observance of the 150th Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. That surrender marked the symbolic but not the final end of the Civil War.

Joshua Tree National Park Looking For Some Volunteers Who Can "Cut The Mustard"

Joshua Tree National Park is looking for some volunteers to help with the fight against non-native weeds that are creating a host of problems, and one project requires some folks who are able to both cut--and pull--the mustard. Projects set for April 4 and 11 will target Sahara mustard plants.

Overlook Collapses At Point Reyes National Seashore, Killing One

One visitor was killed and another injured when part of a popular overlook at Point Reyes National Seashore in California collapsed, dropping them 70 feet to the ground below.

Canyonlands National Park Considering Day-Use Permits For Vehicles, Bikes On White Rim, Elephant Hill Roads

Officials at Canyonlands National Park in Utah want to move to a day-use permitting system for vehicles and cyclists heading down either the White Rim or Elephant Hill roads.

Plowing Operations Coming To Grand Teton National Park

The plows will be out in Grand Teton National Park on Monday as road crews begin their annual spring plowing of the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge. As plowing operations get under way, recreation on this winter trail will cease for the season.

Cycling Season, Without Visitor Traffic, Under Way In Yellowstone National Park

You'll definitely want to dress in layers, and perhaps use booties to shield your feet, but cycling season, without visitor traffic, is open in Yellowstone National Park.

Voyageurs National Park Turning 40!

Four decades ago, on April 8, 1975, Voyageurs National Park was established as the country's 36th national park. This April, the nation celebrates Voyageurs’ 40th birthday. 2015 also marks the 50th anniversary of Voyageurs’ founding nonprofit partner, Voyageurs National Park Association. Together, the park and its partner will celebrate this anniversary and thank their many visitors, supporters, partners, and volunteers with a full year of special events.

Concessionaires Want To See Improvements In Visitor Services In National Parks

With the National Park Service Centennial little more than a year off, the National Park Hospitality Association is unhappy with the pace of visitor facility and services upgrades across the National Park System.

Take A Peek At Prehistoric Florida And The Calusa Indians Who Called The Lands Of Present-Day Everglades National Park Home

Can you imagine living in southern Florida without the aid of screens, air-conditioning, and bug spray? For thousands of years the Calusa Indians survived in such a setting in the Ten Thousand Islands area of present-day Everglades National Park. Later this month you can learn how they did it.

Springtime At Acadia National Park: It Could Be Cold, Wet, And Frozen

The cold and snowy winter that buried New England in feet of snow could likely leave some calling cards around Acadia National Park for spring visitors, according to park officials.

Wildflower Season In Death Valley National Park: A Mixed Bag

The wildflowers have been going fast and furious this spring at Death Valley National Park -- furious in their colors, fast in the time from bloom to being spent, according to park staff.

Facility Opening Schedule Published For Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With the official spring just a few days away, the schedule of facility openings at Great Smoky Mountains National Park shows busy times coming to the park in the weeks ahead.

Report: House Natural Resources Committee Wants To Transfer Federal Lands To States, Tribes

A move is expected this week to get the House GOP on the record for transferring federal lands to states and tribes in a bid to both eliminate some red ink in the federal budget and to help grow local economies.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Charting A Course For Wildlife Preservation

Trekking over 1,000 miles through dense Florida jungles, coastal waterways, and tropical swamplands, the Florida Wildlife Corridor expedition team are charting a geographic path for wildlife migration and environmental preservation.

Agencies Working To Replace Interagency Bison Management Plan For Yellowstone National Park

For the next three months state and federal agencies will take public ideas how on best to manage bison that leave Yellowstone National Park, the first step in replacing the Interagency Bison Management Plan adopted in 2000.

Opening Roads In Mount Rainier National Park: The Good And The Bad

Well, with spring soon to arrive, there's good news, and not so good news, regarding the opening of roads through Mount Rainier National Park.

National Park Service Sitting On Half-A-Billion Dollars Of Concessions Obligations

Across the National Park System, the National Park Service has an estimated half-a-billion-dollars of obligations owed concessionaires who run lodges, restaurants, and even some activities. It's a sum that, while agency officials say it's manageable, has seemingly stifled concessions competition in some parks and diverted tens of millions of dollars from others to reduce debts.

Time To Paint Cape Lookout National Seashore Lighthouse

Three hurricanes, bright sunshine, and damp salty air can do a number on exterior paint. And seeing as it's been 11 years since the lighthouse at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina has been painted, the decision to repaint it in the coming weeks shouldn't be surprising.

Arches National Park Delays Delicate Arch Parking Lot Project

Work on expanding the parking lot at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in Utah will be delayed several weeks, park officials said in a release.

Great Smoky Mountains Association Donates Nearly $3 Million In 2014 To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Good weather and rebounding visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park combined to produce a strong year for the Great Smoky Mountains Association, which was able to contribute $2.6 million for park projects in 2014.

Exploring The Milky Way Over Grand Canyon National Park

Journey to a place where the Milky Way stretches across the heavens. Experience the mystery and wonder of Grand Canyon National Park's night sky with Astronomer Tyler Nordgren and Ranger Rader Lane. Explore its beauty and learn what you can do to help preserve it.

"Add An Acre, Sell An Acre" Proposal Aimed At Keeping Federal Estate From Growing Introduced To Congress

In an effort to keep the federal landscape from growing appreciably, a Republican from Virginia has introduced to Congress a measure that would, in many cases, require land-management agencies to offset every acre added to their oversight by selling an acre.

Shenandoah National Park Facilities Soon To Open For Spring Visitors

Though winter has not released its grip on Shenandoah National Park and staff continues to work on clearing the Skyline Drive of snow and ice, facilities in the park will begin opening this month.

Photo Of Hikers At Grand Canyon National Park Illustrates Why "Rangers Get Gray Hair"

The park website at Grand Canyon National Park includes a warning about the potential for icy trails at the top of the home page, under a red and white banner titled "Park Alerts." I think it's safe to assume similar information is dispensed at visitor centers and other locations, so here's a photo that helps illustrate why rangers get gray hair.
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