If California senator Dianne Feinstein has her way, Congress will finally vote on a new national monument encompassing 965,000 acres in the Mojave Desert. Other preservation measures are also planned. Lying roughly between the Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park, this particular monument would in effect round out the California Desert Protection Act of 1994.
Parks in the News
Have you ever been tent camping with your children? If not, learn to C.A.M.P. (Camping Adventures with My Parents) with National Park Service rangers this summer. The Alaska Public Lands Information Center is offering two weekend family camping programs in Denali National Park and Preserve taking place Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9 and Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16.
A hit-and-run driver killed a 75-pound wolf at Grand Teton National Park, according to park officials.
A site in Texas where a herd of Columbian Mammoths and other Ice Age animals died in a catastrophic event that preserved their remains in surprisingly good condition on Friday became one of three national monuments designated by President Barack Obama via the Antiquities Act.
Night sky star-gazing programs are spreading across the National Park System, and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is not about to be left behind. Later this month the park will feature a series of family-friendly night sky programs.
While "national parks" don't allow hunting within their borders, "national preserves" do, and beginning Septembrer 1 hunting permits will be distributed at Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas.
A state and federal investigation into the killing of a protected gray wolf that ranged from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park before being shot in Utah has concluded without any charges being filed against the hunter.
A massive triangular slab of rock, roughly two-thirds the length of a football field in size, recently peeled off the face of Half Dome, adding a challenging new dimension to the classic Regular Northwest Face climbing route while also underscoring that Yosemite National Park's granite monoliths are not at all static.
National Park Service officials say a Wilderness Eligibility Assessment for Big Cypress National Preserve is not necessarily the final word on how much wilderness-quality lands exist in the preserve. A more extensive wilderness study expected to get under way later this year could add to, or reduce, the acreage cited in the assessment, they say.