As Winter Storm Jonas delivered a pounding to the Northeast on Saturday, national park units in the mid-Atlantic region were shuttered and some planned to remain closed through Sunday.
Parks in the News
National Park System units from Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky to the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., were shutting down Friday in advance of a massive snowstorm predicted to dump upwards of 2 feet of snow on some parts of the East.
A Florida man who ventured out into the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park for a day hike was killed in an apparent 200-foot fall from a cliff above Peacock Pool, park officials reported Friday evening.
Zion National Park's natural resources are being strained by development of inholdings and properties surrounding the park, its air quality is impaired by pollutants, and overcrowding is impacting the visitor experience, according to a "State of the Park" report issued this week.
Radio collars on wildlife can provide invaluable data to researchers pertaining to the animal's movements and, in some cases, response to climate change. So when a collar falls off, goes silent, or the animal dies, a lot of potential research is scuttled. That's the case in Los Angeles, where a female coyote that was being tracked by National Park Service researchers appears to have drowned.
Visiting a national park this year offers you the opportunity to get directly involved with the National Park Service Centennial. At Joshua Tree National Park in California you can do that by taking part in the Centennial Hiking Challenge.
A program organized around the businesses and companies that outfit and guide your national park adventures is working to get more fourth-grade students into the parks this year.
Legislation that addresses the use of 18 million acres of public lands in Utah contains "something for everyone to like, and something for everyone to hate," U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop said Wednesday while publicly releasing the 65-page measure he believes can gain congressional passage this year.
It's a good news, bad news story. The good news is that the National Park Service's revenues increased 15 percent between 2005 and 2014. The bad news is that the increase didn't keep up with inflation, and in the end total funding for the agency actually went down by 3 percent, according to an investigation by the General Accounting Office.