Stepping out at of my car at the overlook of Lake St. Mary in Glacier National Park, I expect to smell the invigorating aroma of a spruce-fir forest. Instead I smell ashes. The conifer forest is no more, and won’t be again in my lifetime, or my children’s.
Parks in the News
Long-running efforts to improve public access to Channel Islands National Park, restore native species, and remove non-native species have not only improved the park off the California coast, but led to the superintendent and chief of natural resources management being honored for their work in those efforts.
A poor year for their traditional foods have black bears in Great Smoky Mountains National Park roaming far and wide, leading park officials to remind visitors to keep their distance from bears and to urge folks in communities surrounding the park to keep their garbage, pet food, and bird seed out of the reach of bears.
National Park Service Moves To Restrict Certain Sport Hunting Practices In National Preserves In Alaska
National Park Service officials are moving to better protect wildlife in national preserves in Alaska by adopting certain rules that restrict how and where wildlife can be hunted in the preserves, which encompass about 20 million acres in the state.
Coyotes are opportunists, and in Los Angeles some of them apparently see a lot of opportunity. Since late-September, National Park Service researchers have been watching a young female coyote as she makes short forays into the urban core of the city of angels.
As much is known about the Earth and its inhabitants, we occasionally are surprised by what's out there. That point was driven home recently when, nearly 200 years after Charles Darwin set foot on the Galapagos Islands, a new species of giant tortoise was identified there.
Skeletal remains found in a rugged area of Maine, roughly 3,000 feet from the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, are thought to be those of a 66-year-old hiker who went missing two years ago.
While there have been movements in some Western states to have the federal government turn over millions of acres to the states, a poll conducted for the Outdoor Industry Association shows widespread support in Colorado and Nevada for those lands to remain in federal hands.
Some higher fees are kicking in at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina as of November 1, with higher entrance fees at Wright Brothers National Memorial and higher camping fees at some Cape Hatteras campgrounds.