Parks in the News

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Seeking Comments On Plans To Replace Visitor Center

Structural concerns have forced Theodore Roosevelt National Park officials to find a new site for their visitor center in the North Unit, and they're looking to the public for input on their plans.

The Book That Launched A Thousand Parks: Wilderness And The American Mind

Roderick Nash's 5th edition of his seminal work, Wilderness and the American Mind, should serve as a reminder of the underlying value of nature in the raw, a value that shouldn't be trivialized.

Joint Effort Improves Desert Tortoise Research At Mojave National Preserve

Desert tortoise research at Mojave National Preserve in California has gotten a boost from Chevron Corp. and the National Park Trust.

Cyclist Seriously Injured Trying To Ride Through Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel In Zion National Park

A Utah cyclist was seriously injured when he collided with a wall while trying to ride with seven others through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel in Zion National Park.

One Dead, Two Missing In Lake Mead National Recreation Area Boating Accident

One man has died and two were missing Saturday in a boating accident at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Wudalianchi National Park In China Reach Sister Park Agreement

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Wudalianchi National Park in China have announced a sister park agreement to strengthen their shared volcanic heritage by promoting international cooperation and support for the mutual benefit of both parks.

Greater Connectivity For National Parks Gets Disconnected

Plans to test expanded cellphone and Internet service in the National Park System appear to have been scrapped due, apparently, to a lack of interest.

"Save Drakes Bay" Website Works To Defend Oyster Farm At Point Reyes National Seashore

Defenders of the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. have launched a website to raise the profile of the company's fight against the National Park Service to continue farming oysters at Point Reyes National Seashore.

$3.5 Million Settlement For Family Whose Son Was Crushed To Death At Lassen Volcanic National Park

The federal government, while acknowledging no wrongdoing, has settled for $3.5 million a lawsuit brought by a family whose 9-year-old son died in an accident at Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Comment Period Open On Plans To Rehabilitate Jenny Lake Area Of Grand Teton National Park

How should the National Park Service go about revitalizing the Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park? That question is now the subject of a public comment period that runs into mid-March.

Pipe Spring National Monument Offering Programs On History, Prehistory Of Arizona Strip

History, and prehistory, of the Southwest will be interpreted in March at Pipe Spring National Monument in northern Arizona.

Roadwork Will Slow Your Drive To Paradise

Unfortunately, roadwork will slow your drive to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park beginning early next month and running through the summer.

Kenai Fjords National Park Beach Cleanup, The Video

The Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance has been removing marine debris from the beaches around Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, and even Prince William Sound for more than a decade. This new video gives their volunteers, many of whom have been on multiple beach cleanups, a chance to express their feelings about marine debris, about cleaning it up, and about their personal connections to the ocean.

Reader Participation Day: Should A National Park Ever Host Winter Olympics Events?

With all the current attention on the Winter Olympics, we have a two-part question for this week's Reader Participation Day. In an earlier era, a U. S. National Park was one of three finalists vying for the right to host the 1932 Winter Olympics. Do you know which park was in contention then...and should a NPS site ever be considered for some events for a future Winter Games?

Zion National Park Searching For Better Way To Manage Desert Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn sheep just might be the wildlife attraction at Zion National Park in southwestern Utah. And while the herd has grown quite a bit in recent years, park officials want to get a better grip on managing the animals.

Time To Sign Up For Summer Field Courses In The National Parks

Sure, it's winter, but you shouldn't be neglecting your summer fun. Now's the time to be signing up for field courses in the national parks.

2014 Point Reyes Birding And Nature Festival Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the 5th Annual Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival, which will be held in April, go on sale to the general public on Thursday.

Traveler's View: National Park Service Needs To Improve Its Transparency

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis' thoughts on a range of topics that are of interest to both the general public and the National Park Service staff deserve transparency and response from the director.

Winter Of 2014 Brings Record Crowds To View Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

For much of the country weary of the cold, the winter of 2014 can't end soon enough, but at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the combination of frigid conditions and word spread by social media has resulted in record visitation to the park. The draw? Sea caves, accessible only by boat in the summer, are festooned in ice in winter, and can be reached by walking across the now-frozen waters of Lake Superior.

Don't Be Surprised To Hear National Park Visitation Dropped Last Year

When the National Park Service finalizes its visitation numbers for last year, don't be surprised to hear there was a decline from the 283 million tally made in 2012.

Climate Change And Jamestown

In this video, National Park Service staff and partnering scientists talk about climate change in the context of Jamestown Island in Virginia, the site of the first permanent English settlement.

Here's How To Become A Docent At San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is offering a free training course for those interested in joining the park’s volunteer docent program.

Osprey Tracking At Rocky Mountain National Park

Anyone with Internet access will be able to follow two osprey as they nest in and around Rocky Mountain National Park thanks to a cooperative program designed to follow the birds from their breeding grounds to their wintering grounds.

Yosemite National Park's Final Merced River Plan Boosts Camping, Lodging Numbers In Yosemite Valley

Barring another lawsuit, a nearly 40 percent increase in campground space and 5 percent more lodging will be allowed in the Yosemite Valley under the final Merced River plan released Friday by the National Park Service.

Friends Of Saguaro National Park Passes Resolution Opposing New Highway Near Park

While a proposed highway corridor through the Avra Valley of southern Arizona would not go through Saguaro National Park, it would nevertheless adversely impact the park, according to the Friends of Saguaro Board of Directors.

Potent Winter Storm Shutters Many Units Of National Park System

A potent winter storm that walloped the Eastern Seaboard from Georgia to Maine on Wednesday and Thursday led to the closure of many units of the National Park System, including the National Park Service's Washington, D.C., headquarters.

Rescue Of Three Skiers At Grand Teton National Park Offers Some Good "Lessons Learned"

Three skiers who got off-course and spent an unplanned night in the backcountry last weekend prompted the first major search and rescue operation of the year at Grand Teton National Park. The group was successfully rescued despite a significant winter storm and high avalanche danger, and the incident offers some good "lessons learned" for winter recreationists.

Volunteer To Help Sea Turtles At Biscayne National Park

Stuck in the snow and freezing temps? Head to southern Florida where you can warm up and come to the aid of sea turtles at Biscayne National Park.

Honorary Chair Of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Upcoming Centennial Celebration Brings Long Family Ties To The Position

It's not unusual for major public events to have an Honorary Chair, someone with local name recognition to aid in promotion of the activity. Rocky Mountain National Park will begin its Centennial Celebration on September 4, 2014, but the selection of Senator Mark Udall as Honorary Chair for the Anniversary Celebration has an interesting personal and historical connection.

Traffic Kills Three More Mountain Lion Kittens At Santa Monica Mountains NRA

California's 101 Freeway is turning into a killing zone for mountain lions, as three kittens have been killed by traffic on the highway in recent weeks, according to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area officials.
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