Parks in the News

"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.

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park And The NPS Centennial

It has been more than eight decades since Canadians and Americans came together to forge Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the world's first cross-border park dedicated to protect unique ecosystems that flourish where the prairie rises up to the crooked spine of the Rocky Mountains. That concept -- an international park -- is gaining renewed attention, both due to last fall's World Parks Congress, as well as next year's centennial of the National Park Service in the United States.

UPDATED: Ailing 706-Pound Leatherback Sea Turtle Comes Ashore At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Euthanized

An obviously ailing leatherback sea turtle discovered on a beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina had to be put down, due to the unlikelihood that it would survive in captivity and was too sick to be released back into the Atlantic Ocean.

Wolves Wander From Grand Portage Indian Reservation To Isle Royale National Park And Back

A pair of wolves whose home range is on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in Minnesota recently used an ice bridge to cross 14 miles over Lake Superior to Isle Royale National Park, where they wandered for five days before returning to the mainland.

Parks Canada To Return Plains Bison To Banff National Park

Plains bison, an icon of wild landscapes, will be returned to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, in an effort to bring the "missing link" back to the park's wildlife ecosystem.
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"Ice Caves" At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Closing For Season Due To Warming Conditions

In stark contrast to last winter's weeks' long cold-box-like weather, warming conditions at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore have prompted officials to close their "ice caves" for the season after just nine days.

Lend A Hand At Cedar Creek And Belle Grove Historical Park

If your national park interests tend to focus on Civil War sites, you'll have a chance later this month to help out the staff at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Virginia.

Moonless Night Should Provide Perfect Snowshoe And Stargazing Outing At Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

The prospect of a dark, moonless sky over Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire has park staff planning a night-time hike to combine snowshoeing and stargazing later this month.

Some Long Missing Species Returning To Cape Cod National Seashore

Some wildlife species long forgotten at Cape Cod are returning to the national seashore in numbers both attracting fascination as well as consternation.

Two Final Chances For "Big Day Birding Adventures" At Everglades National Park

The winter and early spring seasons are especially fine times to enjoy birding at Everglades National Park, and the staff has invited the public to participate in several "citizen science" activities to help count birds in the park. The final two "Big Day Birding Adventures" programs for this year will be held on March 14 and 28, 2015

Delicate Arch On Your Bucket List? Might Have To Skip It This Year

Delicate Arch at Arches National Park is one of the icons of the National Park System. It's showcased on Utah's license plates, and a must-see for visitors to the park. But construction this year at the arch's parking area could force you to put off your up-close-and-personal experience with Delicate Arch until another year, say park officials.

Areas of Rocky Mountain, Zion National Parks Closed For Nesting Raptors

With spring, and warmer weather, around the corner, raptors will soon be nesting on the cliffs and crags of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Zion National Park in Utah, and so temporary closures have been put in place in the two parks.

Salt Marshes At Cape Cod National Seashore Being Squeezed Out Of Space

Ever so gently, but steadily nonetheless, development and sea-level rise are slowly squeezing salt marshes at Cape Cod National Seashore. High marshes are being being transformed into low marshes, and low marshes are in danger of being drowned out.

The Cemeteries Of Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area

Years ago during a visit to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, as impressed as I was with what was underground, I was equally struck by the park's surface and the cemeteries that told a silent story of the generations dating back to Revolutionary War times that had called this place home. Cemeteries going back decades, if not hundreds of years, can be found throughout the National Park System, and represent a moving chapter of the country's settlement.

Lone Wolf Prompts Voyageurs National Park Staff To Reroute Snowmobile Trail

A lone wolf that seems intrigued by snowmobilers has prompted Voyageurs National Park staff to reroute some snowmobile trails as a safety precaution.

Maple Sugar Time Coming To Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Tired of the chemicals that go into the syrup you pour over your pancakes? Then plan to visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore later this month for the annual Maple Sugar Time event.

Parks Looking For Youth Conservation Corps Applicants

High school students interested in spending their summer in a national park and gaining valuable skills have at least three parks to consider for jobs with the Youth Conservation Corps. Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and Joshua Tree National Park in California all are seeking applications for their YCC programs.

DOI Report: National Park Service Left Tens Of Millions Dollars On The Table In Potential Fees

By failing to implement higher entrance fees across the 131 parks that charge them, the National Park Service left tens of millions of dollars on the table in potential user fees, a report from the Interior Department's Inspector General claims.

Special Tours Offered At Mesa Verde National Park

While visitors to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado generally need to stick to tour routes, there are some ranger-led hikes that will take you to some of the less visited ruins in the park, or for special activities.

Campground Opening Schedule At Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announced

You can start planning your camping trip to Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina now that the park has released the opening dates for the campgrounds.

Main Attraction At Jewel Cave National Monument Growing Longer Bit By Bit

For cavers, poking their heads into dark places can often lead them into new passages. And at Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota, that sort of poking around recently led to more than a mile of charted cave.

Higher Fees Coming To Mammoth Cave National Park In March

Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead has announced that fee increases proposed last year will take effect on March 14. This year, income from park fees will fund renovations at the Mammoth Cave Hotel, she said.

Ten Signature Projects In Yosemite National Park To Help Highlight National Park Service Centennial

Yosemite National Park officials, with an eye on the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, have picked 10 "signature" projects to help celebrate that notable birthday.

Presidio Expected To Add An Additional Lodging Facility

San Francisco's Presidio, part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is in the process of planning for a second lodging facility.

Yellowstone National Park Thermal Regions Harbor Rare Plants

Gift shops in and around Yellowstone National Park are filed with postcards, videos and guidebooks featuring grizzly bears and gray wolves. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a photograph—or even a passing mention—of three much rarer species found only in Yellowstone.

New Look Starting To Appear On National Park Websites

As we told you early this week, the National Park Service is revamping its websites in advance of the agency's centennial next year. Some of the changes can already be seen on a number of park websites.

"Ice Caves" At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore On Track To Open To Public Saturday

The third time apparently was the charm at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, where continued frigid weather has frozen Lake Superior hard enough to allow for the public to tour the lakeshore's "ice caves" beginning Saturday, barring any significant changes.

Go Fly A Kite...At San Juan National Historic Site

While flying kites at San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico used to cause problems with kites that "escaped" and discarded kite string, park officials have turned the hobby into a festival that focuses on flying kites, cleaning up afterwards, and preserving the fortifications in the park.
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