In the open ocean, "ghost nets" can ensnare whales and other marine life. In the Great Lakes, these abandoned gill nets can continue to trap fish and waterfowl, and even debris.
Parks in the News
Remains found in Badlands National Park in South Dakota could be those of a Nebraska man who went missing in the park earlier this year.
A short, but technical, canyoneering route in Zion National Park turned deadly when heavy thunderstorms filled the slot canyon with water, killing at least five hikers while two others were still missing Wednesday.
How badly are some units of the National Park System struggling? If you call VIrgin Islands National Park looking for directions to paradise, your call might get dropped or not even go through.
A breach in Fire Island National Seashore's coastline is a reminder of Hurricane Sandy. While two other breaches caused by the potent storm were filled mechanically, this one that lies within the seashore's Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness Area remains, and seashore officials are debated how best to manage it going forward.
One of the poles along Totem Trail fell on August 10th. It was a gentle fall though under the direct supervision of Chief of Maintenance Mike Trainor. Closing that portion of the pathway all morning to passing foot traffic, visitors were still able to watch the procedure from the diminishing shoreline; if they were willing to stand in the rain as the tide came in.
Some major renovations have been under way at Shenandoah National Park, where Delaware North Company has been getting after improvements the National Park Service sought in the current concessions contract that DNC won in 2013.
An Australian visitor to Grand Canyon National Park possibly was struck and killed by a lightning bolt, though it will be up to a medical examiner to say for sure.
A wildfire in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park has nearly doubled in size, to 2,119 acres, in the past 24 hours, but it doesn't pose a threat to visitors or park structures or roads.
Ongoing vandalism investigations, possible new "national parks," and 3 million visitors to Yellowstone National Park are among the stories floating about the National Park System.