For many, a trip to one of the scenic, landscape national parks includes pristine landscapes, clear vistas, and fresh air. Unfortunately, we don't always get to enjoy those aspects, as a new report on air quality from the National Parks Conservation Association points out.
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Driving a dogsled across a snowy landscape looks beautiful and relaxing, but it takes a lot of skill. If you have those skills, you might want to apply for the commercial "Dog Sled Freighting Services" business at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.
Firefighters continue to make progress on the Reynolds Creek Fire at Glacier National Park. A cold front Monday brought higher humidity to the park, but erratic winds could be troublesome, according to the weather report. Thirty percent of the 3,237-acre was said to be contained Monday morning.
With the National Park Service's centennial 13 months off, the ranks of rangers patroling the parks and providing interpretive programs are on the decline, according to Park Service numbers provided to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
An Environmental Assessment for flood mitigation work on the Herman Leirer Road (formerly known as the Exit Glacier Road) at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska is now available for public review and comment. The comment period closes August 17.
Crater Road (Rt. 378) and Haleakalā National Park's summit road will close temporarily to visitor traffic while a slow moving convoy transports extremely wide loads to the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope near the volcano's summit.
Shenandoah National Park staff have confirmed additional infestations of emerald ash borers in the park. Adult EAB beetles were caught in surveillance traps near Mathews Arm Campground, Gravel Springs Hut, Pinnacles Picnic Area, Big Meadows Picnic Area, and South River Picnic Area.
Nearly 600 firefighters were battling the Reynolds Creek Fire in Glacier National Park on Sunday, with some progress being made. However, the Going-to-the-Sun Road on the eastern side of the park remained closed, as did some visitor facilities.
If you were given 500,000 acres from which to design a national park, how would you do it, where would you start? Would you see your role as protector of this unique ecosystem, or developer?
Making fall plans to visit Olympic National Park in Washington state? Be forewarned that the Elwha Valley’s Olympic Hot Springs Road will close at the park's boundary for about one month beginning September 8.