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.
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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.
A petition drive launched soon after Yosemite National Park officials said they would change the names of historic lodges rather than entertain DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite Inc.'s request for $51 million in exchange for the trademarks and other intellectual property is gaining momentum.
For more than a little while U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, has been working with Utah counties and associated stakeholders on a plan for public lands: which might be open to energy development, which might be protected as jewels in the public lands kingdom. On Wednesday, the congressman is expected to reveal his plan in Salt Lake City at the Capitol.
A study should be wrapped up later this month into whether lands added to Congaree National Park since 2003 are eligible to be designated as official wilderness.
A number of National Park System units saw record visitation last year, and among them was Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota, where more than 109,000 visitors went underground.
What sort of sounds do glaciers make, under water? Check out this video made at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska.