Parks in the News

Largest Known Landslide On Earth Since 2010 Occurs At Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve protects 3,283,000 acres of spectacular Alaskan scenery, so even some pretty spectacular geologic events in remote sections of the park can go unnoticed for a while. Thanks to remote sensing equipment, however, scientists have confirmed that "largest known landslide on Earth since 2010" occurred in the park earlier this month.

Acadia Night Sky Festival Looking For Entries In Poster Contest

If you have an artistic side, you might consider entering the competition for a 2014 edition poster promoting this year's Acadia Night Sky Festival in and around Acadia National Park.

Media Campaign Enlists Big Names In Battle Against Illegal Wildlife Trade

Familiar names and faces are used around the world to sell every imaginable type of product to consumers, so conservation groups are turning to the same approach to try to help save wildlife such as elephants and rhinos. The long-term survival of the animals, which are a big draw for tourists to national parks in Africa and Asia, is threatened by a growing illicit trade in wildlife products.

Skeletal Remains Found In Grand Canyon National Park

Skeletal remains found in Grand Canyon National Park possibly are those of a man who vanished in the canyon four years ago, according to park officials.

Bats Infected With White-Nose Syndrome Found In Tour Routes At Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park officials say bats infected with a deadly disease have been found in sections of the cave open to public tours.

Quagga Mussel Infestation Greater Than Feared At Lake Powell In Glen Canyon NRA

Dropping water levels at Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area have revealed a much greater infestation of quagga mussels in the reservoir than previously thought.

Seasonal Climbing Closures Coming To Zion National Park

Climbing routes on cliffs used by nesting Peregrine Falcons in Zion National Park will be temporarily closed beginning March 1 to protect the nesting success of this bird, which is in recovery from “endangered species” status.

Zion National Park Completes Management Plan For Virgin River And Its Tributaries In Park

Zion National Park has completed a plan to guide management actions and visitor use on the Virgin River and its tributaries.

Yosemite National Park Planners, Critics, At Odds Over Merced River Plan

Were Frederick Law Olmstead, or his son, alive today, they likely would much prefer the view of Yosemite National Park from their namesake overlook along the Tioga Pass Road, and not from the floor of the Yosemite Valley.

Snow, You Say? Mount Rainier National Park Has Received More Than 6' This Past Week

While the Plains states and Northeast have been drubbed again and again by winter in recent weeks, they've got nothing on Mount Rainier National Park. In the past week the park has received more than 6 feet of snow at Paradise.

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.
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