The National Park Service has modified the regulation governing the gathering of plants in national parks to allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes to gather and remove plants or plant parts for traditional purposes. The rule change was announced by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Wednesday at the National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference in Spokane, Wash.
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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a parade, a star-studded concert, and, of course, a fireworks show highlight the National Park Service’s annual celebration of Independence Day on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Keep in mind that some of the memorials and a number of roads will be closed due to the festivities.
A refreshing side trip to your Yellowstone National Park vacation, one rich in history, beauty, and geology, can be found just outside the park's western border in the CaribouTarghee National Forest. There, along a scenic byway, plunges Mesa Falls.
Summer has arrived on the Outer Cape! Visitors are coming to Cape Cod National Seashore to enjoy its abundant recreational opportunities, and for rest and rejuvenation. For locals, summer often means company, cookouts, and playing "tourist" with family and friends.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is famous for its namesake bay and the ringing mountains, but it's also renowned for its marine life, particularly the whales that make the park home for parts of the year. One whale that long has been a familiar resident of the bay, "Festus," is no more, having been found dead floating in the park's waters.
Due to high summer heat, ongoing drought conditions, and sparse rainfall, fire danger is increasing across many parts of the National Park System in the western United States.
For two days last October, Subaru of America and National Geographic teamed up to film Find Your Park commercials along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, a 48-hour episode during the park's peak foliage season that critics are branding as corporate panhandling in the National Park System.
The National Park Service has announced $1.19 million grants to support 20 projects at significant battlefields across the country. The projects will research, document, or interpret dozens of battlefields representing more than 300 years of history.
What do you do when you have 64 tons of bridging planks and logs to move into remote trail locations in an isolated national park? In the case of Isle Royale, you convene interagency expertise and regional crews to support a helicopter operation: Project Heavy Lift.
Many of us go to national parks hoping to see wildlife, but for a few hikers at Denali National Park and Preserve, the encounters they had with grizzly bears were more unnerving than pleasant. The outcomes included one man bitten on his calf by a sow, and a young grizzly rewarded with food when hikers threw a day pack at him.