A California congressman has introduced legislation aimed at opening up wilderness areas to bikes and other non-motorized wheeled vehicles.
Parks in the News
While crews are at work rebuilding a damaged portion of the Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park, there is no firm estimate of when the road will reopen to traffic, officials said Monday.
Aside from summer weekends and holidays, part of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail at the northern end of Cuyahoga Valley National Park is closed through March 2018. Major stabilization work along the Cuyahoga River necessitates the closure between Hillside Road and Stone Road in Valley View. There is no detour.
The National Park Service is beginning construction this month on an improved trail for Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Nearly 100 people have been stranded in Diablo, Washington, in North Cascades National Park by an avalanche that swept down across State Route 20. Poor weather conditions and high avalanche danger have delayed efforts to clear the slide until Monday, which led park rangers to carry medicine by foot to some of those stranded.
Barring any adverse weather, visitor facilities in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia will begin opening this month and will continue to open through the spring.
Whether the anti-public lands sentiment among Utah's Republican Party was fomented in the state's far-flung rural counties and flowed across the country to Washington, D.C., or vice versa, the goal is highly visible. From the Statehouse in Salt Lake City to the Capitol in Washington, Utah Republicans are working to either force the transfer of federal lands to the states or to open up more of federal acres to energy development, mining, and even water storage.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are thinking that a small solar energy system could supply the energy needs of the Cable Mill area in Cades Cove.
Visitors from around the world complain about off-road vehicle tracks marring the beauty of Death Valley National Park. Illegal off-road driving is a problem in multiple areas of the park, including the Racetrack, Ibex Dunes and Badwater. The National Park Service seeks public support for a grant application that would help fund restoration of these damaged areas.