Parks in the News

Twenty-One Trails, 452 Miles, Added To National Trails System

With National Trails Day coming Saturday, 21 trails and 452 miles have been added to the National Trails System.

Mountain Goat Studies Continuing At Glacier National Park

Stylish collars and perhaps a splash of paint will mark some mountain goats this summer at Glacier National Park in Montana, where an ongoing study of the animals is moving into its second year.

Rally At Yellowstone National Park Aims To Boost Public Support For Wolves In The Wild

A rally to raise public awareness about wolves in and around Yellowstone National Park is scheduled for late June near the north entrance to the park at Gardiner, Montana.

Comfort Station Doors And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Throughout the National Park System, and other public lands across the nation, arguably the most popular facilities are also the most utilitarian: comfort stations. They come in a variety of styles, from modern to rustic, but one good rule applies to them all—please keep the outside door closed. Failing to do so can lead to some classic examples of the Law of Unintended Consequences.

California Condor Pair Thought To Have Hatched A Chick In Zion National Park

In what would be a milestone for the California condor recovery program, biologists believe a pair of the large birds has hatched a chick high in the cliffs of Zion National Park.

Watching Wildlife At Grand Teton National Park, The Video

Living with wildlife challenges all of us. When you visit Grand Teton National Park on vacation, encountering wildlife in their own environment is thrilling and potentially dangerous. The following video produced by the park will help you learn where to spot wildlife and how to stay safe while doing so.

Moose Population Remains Fairly Stable At Voyageurs National Park

The moose population at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota seems to be holding its own, according to a recent survey conducted by park biologists. While the herd isn't growning, moose mortality rates in Voyageurs are about half of that found elsewhere in northeastern Minnesota, officials say.

Tips For Dealing With Crowds At Yosemite National Park This Summer

Yosemite National Park, one of the most-visited parks in the system, likely will be even busier this year as attention is drawn to the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant that set aside the landscape for protection and which was a prelude to the idea of creating "national parks." As a result, park officials have some tips you might consider for avoiding the crowds as much as possible when you visit Yosemite.

Deer Culling At Valley Forge National Historical Park Leads To Better Forest Growth

Dogwood. Black Gum. Sassafras. These are just some of the native species seedlings that have been spotted in the forests of Valley Forge National Historical Park, where a significant reduction in the white-tailed deer herds has allowed these trees to recover from overbrowsing.

Road Closure Coming To Section Of North Cascades National Park This Fall

Work to make substantial repairs to the Cascades River Road will shut off access to the Boston Basin and Cascade Pass areas of North Cascades National Park in Washington state this fall.

Celebrate National Trails Day With A Hike In Your Favorite National Park

Not that you need an excuse to visit your favorite national park, but there's a perfect one this Saturday: National Trails Day!

Nesting Loons Lead To Rum Island Closure At Acadia National Park

Rum Island on Long Pond in Acadia National Park in Maine will be closed to the public through mid-July so you won't ruffle the feathers of loons that nest there.

World Ocean Day Programs Scheduled At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

What role do oceans play in our daily lives? How will we rely on them in years to come? These are just some of the questions that are prompted by World Oceans Day, which was first recognized in 2008 and which will be marked this coming Saturday. At Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, rangers will be exploring some of those questions.

Roadwork Will Slow Summer Travel Through Yellowstone National Park

Roadwork will slow your travels through Yellowstone National Park this summer, with various bridge and pavement widening projects on tap in the park.

Six Climbers Feared Dead In Accident At Mount Rainier National Park

Six climbers are feared dead from a fall of more than 3,000 feet at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington, where they were on a route that took them along one of the more technical approaches to the summit.

Construction To Close Devils Garden Loop Road, Trailhead At Arches National Park In June

A project to improve parking and traffic flow will close the Devils Garden Loop Road and traihead at Arches National Park for 11 days in June.

Climate Change Poses Risks Of Flooding, Erosion, And Fires To National Park Units And Their Treasures

Treasures of history, culture, and natural beauty contained within the National Park System are increasingly at risk to the perils of climate change, with flooding and wildfire likely to sweep numerous park sites across the country, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Camping In Sequoia National Park, Circa 1912

With the camping season upon us, be sure you pack accordingly. And if you're heading to Sequoia National Park, that means "for marching purposes, the sleeping bag will give better service on account of its compactness. ... For camping out, a mess kit, frying pan, coffee pot, dutch oven, or baking reflector is absolutely necessary." At least that's what the Interior Department recommended in 1912 in its booklet for "Sequoia and General Grant National Parks."

Canadian Stranded On Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park Rescued

A young Canadian climber who found himself stuck in a precarious perch on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park was safely rescued by rangers.

You Can Now Watch Old Faithful In High-Definition From Your Couch

The beauties of technology continue to make it easier to appreciate and enjoy the national parks. The latest is the arrival of high-definition cameras focused on Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.

Voluntary Climbing Closure At Devils Tower National Monument In June

Out of respect for Native America beliefs, a voluntary climbing closure will be in effect at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming for the month of June.

Climber Stranded On Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park

Climbing rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado were battling wintry conditions Wednesday as they tried to reach a 19-year-old Canadian stranded on Longs Peak.

Veterans' Stories Added To World War II Memorial App Created By Trust For The National Mall

The Trust for the National Mall, in collaboration with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, has added nearly 50 additional World War II veterans’ stories to the Trust’s award-winning World War II Memorial mobile app.

Join The Movement: Protecting The Saguaro Wilderness

Tucson, Arizona, is in the midst of a revolution...a stewardship revolution! Join the residents of Tucson as they mobilize to protect their neighboring community, the Saguaro Wilderness.

Great Outdoors Month Gives You A Chance To Connect With Nature

Do you recall how old you were the first time you went camping? The answer to that question goes a long way to explaining how connected you are with the outdoors.

Coalition Of National Park Service Retirees Reaches 1,000 Members

From its humble beginnings as a group of just three former National Park Service employees speaking out in 2003 against proposed cuts to national park budgets to a major advocacy organization representing a collective 30,000 years of NPS work experience, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees has added its 1,000th member: former NPS Director Gary Everhardt.

Clark Bunting Comes To National Parks Conservation Association At A Time Of Transition

Transitions can be tricky, and for Clark Bunting his arrival as president and chief executive officer of the National Parks Conservation Association coincided with two pivotal events for the National Park Service: the shuttering of the National Park System last fall, and the challenge of attracting younger, more diverse generations into the parks.

Wine Bottle Dating To Late 18th Century, Early 19th Found At Buck Island Reef National Monument

After resting for roughly 200 years, a nearly intact wine bottle has surfaced at Buck Island National Monument in the Caribbean.

When Visiting Acadia National Park, Participate In The Quest

Planning a vacation to Acadia National Park in Maine this summer? Be sure to sign up for Acadia Quest!

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Loses Battle With Invasive Mussels

Keeping quagga mussels in, not out of, Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is the new strategy after years of trying to prevent the non-native species' spread into the reservoir have been declared a failure.
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