Parks in the News

Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Installed For Public Use At Point Reyes National Seashore

Visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore who drive electric vehicles (EV) can now get a literal charge out of their trip by using one of three new EV charging stations recently installed at the park. The chargers, which are operated on a first-come, first-serve basis, were placed in the park at no cost to the National Park Service.

Ancient Dinosaur Fossil Damaged By Thief At Dinosaur National Monument

Someone with a hankering for a prehistoric dinosaur bone, but with poor theft skills, did considerable damage to a fossilized bone on the Fossil Discovery Trail in Dinosaur National Monument. Anyone who provides information as to the thief that leads to their conviction will be rewarded with $750 from the National Park Service.

Cape Lookout National Seashore Extends Comment Period For ORV Management Plan

Off-road vehicle access, one of the most contentious issues in some corners of the National Park System, is the focus of a planning effort at Cape Lookout National Seashore, where officials have extended a comment period on the matter until September 19.

Everglades Foundation Works With National Park Service To Benefit Cape Sable

A grant of nearly $150,000 from the Everglades Foundation will help the National Park Service pay for the cost of an environmental assessment of canals that are harming the ecosystem of Cape Sable.

Far View Lodge At Mesa Verde National Park Extends Season

If you're thinking of visiting Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado yet this year, here's some good news: the park's Far View Lodge has extended its season through October 25.

Scientists Solve The Mystery Of The "Sailing Stones" At Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park has long been the site of a mystery that has intrigued visitors and baffled scientists—the "sailing stones" of Racetrack Playa. The playa is a dry lake, and its surface is marked by a web of "trails" left in the soil by the unexplained movement of hundreds of rocks. Now a team of researchers has solved the puzzle...and the answer involves a very unlikely process in the hottest place in America.

National Park Service Addresses Ticketing Problems At USS Arizona Memorial

A loosely run system for distributing free tour tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial that had "ample opportunities for abuse" is being addressed by National Park Service personnel to ensure walk-up visitors aren't locked out of the tours.

Assessing National Park Wilderness On The 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act

It's been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed The Wilderness Act into law in 1964, but the question remains: Why has so much land within the National Park System not been designated as wilderness?

Mile Marker 63 Rest Area In Big Cypress National Preserve Back In Business

After nearly $9 million worth of improvements, the rest area at Mile Marker 63 along Interestate 75 in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida is back in business.

Of Puffins And Wilderness At Acadia National Park

People love puffins so much that visitors to Acadia National Park often ask rangers where they can see them, even though they are too far from shore to be visible.

Tuolumne Grove Parking Area In Yosemite National Park To Close For Improvements

If you hope to see the Tuolumne Grove of Sequoias in Yosemite National Park this month, you'll need to plan on a weekend visit if you're driving directly there. And after September passes, the parking area at the site will be closed for the rest of the year while improvements are made to it.

Grand Teton National Park Honors Native American Tribes

A tribute to Shoshonean history and culture will take place at the Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park on Wednesday and Thursday.

Buzzing Drones Lead To Tickets In Yellowstone National Park

Just weeks after a visitor crashed a drone into Yellowstone National Park’s largest hot spring, park officials have filed criminal charges against the alleged pilot, and are stepping up their efforts to publicize and enforce a ban on unmanned aerial vehicles in the park.

Hurricane Damage Closes Santa Barbara Island At Channel Islands National Park

Damage from Hurricane Marie has forced the temporarily closure of Santa Barbara Island at Channel Islands National Park off the California coast.

Man Sentenced To 22 Weeks In Jail For Poaching Ginseng From Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A North Carolina man who has been convicted four times for digging ginseng plants in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will spend 22 weeks in jail for his latest conviction.

Four Civil War Battlefields Gain Added Protection Via $500,000 In NPS Grants

Four Civil War battlefields will gain additional protection from damage or destruction by urban and suburban development, thanks to more than $500,000 in grants to states from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The grant projects announced on August 26, 2014, are for the Bentonville (North Carolina), Kelly’s Ford (Virginia), Rappahannock Station (Virginia.) and Shepherdstown (West Virginia) battlefields.

"Ticket To Ride" Grants Helps Provide Transportation For Students To Parks Across The Country

Much has been written in recent years about the disconnect between the current generation of young people and the natural world, along with concerns that national parks are not seen as relevant by Americans from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Both issues aren't helped when field trips to parks and other off-site areas are often among the first casualties of tight school budgets. One solution is being provided by the National Park Foundation's "Ticket to Ride" grant program.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Centennial Celebration Kicks Off On September 3

Rocky Mountain National Park reaches a big milestone in 2015, so the park is kicking off a year-long celebration of its 100th birthday on September 3, 2014. An ambitious agenda featuring a wide variety of activities has been planned through September 2015 for the centennial observance which has a great slogan: "Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder: Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Inspire the Future."

Following The Caribou South Through Gates Of The Arctic National Park And Preserve

It's about time for Alaska's caribou herds to start heading south before winter hits. The folks at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve captured some shots of caribou in the park and put together a short slideshow for your enjoyment.

Old Report Describes Photographer W. H. Jackson's Return To Yellowstone National Park At The Age Of 94

William H. Jackson was a photographer on the now famous Hayden Geological Survey of the Yellowstone region in 1871, and his images are often cited as an important factor in the campaign to have the area established as a national park. In 1938, at the age of 94, W. J. Jackson returned to the park for a visit, and an old report about his trip offers some fascinating insights into the Hayden Survey and how times have changes in the world of photography.

Ten Top Geologic Parks In The National Park System

Geology factors into many units of the National Park System, but there are some parks that rise above all others if you have an interest in the geologic past...and present. What follows is a short list of some of the most geologically fascinating parks in the system, though we're sure you can add others.

Railfest 2014 Coming To Steamtown National Historic Site This Weekend

Train fans looking for their fill of rail history should think about heading to Steamtown National Historic Site in eastern Pennsylvania this coming weekend for Railrest 2014.

Arches National Park Working To Improve Parking Situation At Delicate Arch Trailhead

If you've ever decided to hike Delicate Arch during the high season at Arches National Park in Utah, you know how difficult it can be to find a parking spot at the trailhead. Park officials realize that, too, and have developed a proposal for improving the congestion there that they want your thoughts on.

Barge Day At Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Every so often, something pops up that sounds so fascinating, it simply must be investigated. That’s what happened the other day when I made my daily visit to the NPS Morning Report and found an article that set my curiosity ablaze. I don’t remember ever having heard of Kalaupapa and I know I’ll never be able to visit the place in person, but thanks to modern electronic communications and the Internet, I was able to visit.

New Guide Looks At Climate Change At National Parks In Alaska

A new guide that describes climate change in Alaska’s national parks seeks to engage both state residents and the parks’ two million annual visitors.

"Bone Digger" Interns Fuel Their Passion At Dinosaur National Monument

Ben Otoo and Nicole Ridgwell are spending the summer living a dream as they scramble and climb among the remains of the long dead. These young paleontologists are photographing and mapping the world famous deposit of ancient bones at Dinosaur National Monument.

As National Park Service Looks At Grizzly Bear Recovery In North Cascades, What's The State Of The Endangered Species Act?

News that the National Park Service wants to consider whether grizzly bears should be restored to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state is a big step towards bolstering the region's ecological integrity, but recent events surrounding the Endangered Species Act raises questions about whether the Park Service can succeed if it decides grizzly recovery is in the ecosystem's best interests.

Doggy Daycare Near Popular National Parks: Five Great National Park Destinations To Visit With Dogs

If you and your dog are inseparable, don't let the National Park System's pet rules stop you from taking a dog-centric vacation to our national treasures. A growing assortment of pet sitters, upscale boarding facilities and dog-friendly people hotels are making it possible for pets and humans to have unforgettable adventures in and around popular national parks.

Flying To The Rescue At Zion National Park

Curious about what a "short-haul" is? Wonder how rangers get to remote areas in the parks to perform rescues? Check out this short video from Zion National Park.

$1.5 Million In Grants Go Out To Help Tribes, Museums, Alaska Native Villages Regain Human Remains And Cultural Objects

The National Park Service has released more than $1.5 million in grants under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to assist museums, Indian tribes, and Alaska native villages to document and return human remains and cultural objects to their native people.
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