A giant sequoia, one that you could drive through, was toppled this week by the potent winter storm that swept through California, but it was not a tree within a national park.
Parks in the News
A long-promised study of workplace harassment has gotten under way across the National Park System with an optional survey asking employees "to assess the prevalence of sexual harassment and other forms of harassment and retaliation in our workforce..."
In a move celebrated by groups ranging from the Blackfoot Natino and Montana Hunters and Anglers to the National Parks Conservation Association and U.S. Sen. Jon Testor, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has canceled the final two oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area within the Lewis and Clark National Forest in northwest Montana. The two lease cancellations address outstanding concerns about the potential for oil and gas development in this culturally and ecologically important area.
The National Park Service is putting on hold the signing of the Record of Decision and the publication of the Final Rule for Dog Management at Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
At a ceremony Tuesday morning, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed a memorandum formally establishing the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York as the 414th unit of the National Park System.
A special program at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado later this month will examine how Ancestral Puebloans endured winter on the plateau.
In the end, the forecast was wrong. While the Merced River did rise above flood stage as it rolled through the Yosemite Valley, predictions of a crest more than 8 feet above flood stage never materialized, leaving Yosemite National Park's main destination drenched but seemingly little worse for the storm.
A mix of lethal and non-lethal approaches to remove feral animals from more than 2,000 acres in Haleakalā National Park in Hawaii has been approved by the National Park Service.
Campsites in many national parks are becoming harder and harder to snag as visitation to the parks increases, and some of the hardest sites to land have been in the Squaw Flat Campground of Canyonlands National Park due to its remote location and first-come, first-served policy. That is changing.
Voyageurs National Park will host a snowshoe lacing workshop at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center on Saturday, January 28, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.