While National Park Service regulations prohibit fully automatic weapons and "flash-bang" devices in the park system, a supervisory ranger at Mojave National Preserve in California purchased nine of the rifles and distributed them to law enforcement rangers at the preserve, according to an investigation.
Parks in the News
At the height of the Cold War the nuclear missiles in South Dakota and five other states presented a paradox; while Soviet satellites had pinpointed their locations, American citizens were scarcely aware of the arsenal in their midst. Thirty years ago, concerned peace groups undertook the task of mapping the missile fields with the intention of sparking debate about the weapons stored there.
Two air tour contracts have been signed for overflights of Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, and they outline exactly where the flights can go, at what altitude, the types of aircraft, and the number of flights per year.
In the process of investigating charges of sexual harassment at Grand Canyon National Park, authorities discovered that a park employee who resigned after "being disciplined for repeated acts of sexual harassment and misconduct during river trips" landed a job at the National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center in New Mexico.
Yosemite National Park officials, looking to avoid a costly trademark fight with DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, announced Thursday that it would change the names of iconic lodges in the park. The Ahwahnee Hotel, for instance, would be known going forward as the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.
For roughly 15 years life deep in the Inner Gorge of Grand Canyon National Park at times reflected rowdy, sexually charged scenes from a frat party for some National Park Service employees, with male employees pawing and propositioning female workers, some of who at times exhibited their own risqué behavior. Now, after an investigation spawned by a letter of complaint to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Park Service is determined to change the culture within its River District once and for all.
We're starting to see a lot of "100" themed activities across the National Park System this year in honor of the National Park Service's Centennial, and Florida's offering invites you to paddle 100 miles in the state's 11 national parks.
In a move seen as a way to both bolster the stocks of Yellowstone National Park bison and to support cultural practices of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes in northeastern Montana, park officials are proposing to use the Fort Peck Reservation for a bison quarantine program.
Work to improve off-road-vehicle access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina is continuing, with the opening of a four-mile-long "Inside Road" between Buxton and Frisco.
A series of informational open house sessions has been scheduled at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to update the public on the development of a Historic Properties Management Plan for the park. The sessions are scheduled for January 28-30.