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.
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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.
Western politicians determined to transfer federal lands to the states are out of step with their constituents, who value conservation and see economic returns from national parks, national forests, and national monuments in their states, according to a survey released Monday.
Managers of Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, already criticized by conservationists for their approach towards off-road vehicles, would increase the miles of ORV trails under all but one of the preliminary alternatives in the preserve's draft backcountry access management plan while holding non-motorized trails somewhat static. The one that doesn't increase ORV use would preserve the status quo.
Recent stories on National Parks Traveler, about Yellowstone bison, National Park Service management issues, and the concessions business, all touched on key issues across the National Park System, and also raised some points about how the Traveler functions.
A new off-road vehicle ramp is being built at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which called for more vehicle beach access in its Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan.
A draft environmental impact statement on how to operate the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River for the next 20 years carries seven alternatives, none of which recommends the removal of the dam.
Millions of visitors flock to Yellowstone National Park each year to see its steaming geysers, iridescent pools and carved, rugged landscape. For the last five years, Jim Gardner, Kenny Befus and a team of undergraduate students from the Jackson School of Geosciences have been among them.
Storms spawned by the El Nino weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean have prompted closures of some areas of Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California due to safety concerns.