Parks in the News

Climbing And Canyoneering Plan Approved For Arches National Park

As more of us find different and sometimes new ways to explore and enjoy national parks, our impacts sometimes require regulations to ensure things don't get out of hand. That's the case at Arches National Park, where officials have received the go-ahead to implement their climbing and canyoneering management plan.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Looks At Preservation Needs Of 19th Century Buildings

Back in 2008 the National Park Service was given two gold-rush era buildings at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Site to help tell the story of one of the greatest prospecting runs in history. Now the agency is mulling what it will take to preserve the Meyer Building and the YMCA building in Skagway, Alaska.

Grassroots Environmental Organization Raises Cry For Better National Park Funding

An environmental organization with chapters in a handful of Eastern states has launched a campaign to get the public to lobby Congress for better funding for national parks.

Around The Parks: Ice Bridges At Isle Royale, Sea Turtle Record At Dry Tortugas, Scotty's Castle Delays

Watching Lake Superior ice at Isle Royale National Park, counting sea turtles at Dry Tortugas National Park, and road work woes for Scotty's Castle visitors at Death Valley National Park are just some of the other stories around the National Park System this week.

What You Didn't Know About Katmai National Park: Its Rich Archaeological History

Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska is world-renowned for its brown bears that while away their days fishing in the Brooks River. But the park also has a rich archaeological history, one that shows human life there dating back at least 4,500 years.

Longest-Held Vietnam War POW To Appear At Andersonville National Historic Site

Though Andersonville National Historic site in Georgia rose up around a Civil War-era prisoner of war camp, it also holds the National Prisoner of War Museum and is the only site in the National Park System that serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. As such, it will welcome the longest-held American POW from the Vietnam War on January 18 to discuss his recent biography.

Plowshares Into Swords – The Story Behind A Cannon At Saratoga National Historical Park

The National Park Service manages dozens of sites of famous battles, and although every area has a unique story, many of them have something in common: cannons. You may find them perched on redoubts, still facing a long-vanquished enemy, or resting sedately inside a museum, and perhaps you've wondered how all that ordnance managed to survive for all these years.

Slow Start To Winter Snowpack Raising Concerns At Yosemite National Park - And All Of California

Winter snows may have arrived in abundance in parts of the country, but it's a different story so far in California, where the first snow survey of the season has already raised concerns for the coming summer. At Yosemite National Park, skiers have more immediate concerns, with the Badger Pass Ski Area not yet open for the season.

Rangers Resort To Backcountry "Boot Roast" To Help Lost Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker

Hiking in deep snow in Rocky Mountain National Park wearing leather boots, jeans, and cotton socks, was not smart. Rangers armed with a backpacking stove in their packs to thaw out the man's boots was.

Inbreeding A Growing Problem With Mountain Lions At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Inbreeding, long seen as a problem with the Florida panther population in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, is evoling into more of a problem with mountain lions in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

Time To Apply For Artist-In-Residence Program At Mesa Verde National Park

Do you have some artistic flare? A unique way for interpreting what you see? Then you might want to apply for Mesa Verde National Park’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence program.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's Draft ORV Plan Ready For Your Review

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area often conjures up watery visions of touring Lake Powell, but there's a dryland component to the park, too, and NRA officials are working on developing a management plan for off-road vehicles.

Cold Blast Leaves Behind Firm Ice At Voyageurs National Park

If there's a golden lining to that bitterly cold mass of Arctic air that invaded the Eastern half of the country earlier this week, it's the rock-hard ice to be found at Voyageurs National Park.

American Eagle Outfitters Pledges $1 Million To Connect Youth, Veterans With Public Lands

A major step has been taken to launch a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps that is intended to better connect youth and veterans to the outdoors through field training programs.

DOI/NPS Website Woes Drag On For Fifth Day

Website woes continued Wednesday for at least the fifth day for the Interior Department and the National Park Service, leaving web surfers with an onslaught of "page not found" errors.

Interesting Topic In Traveler's Forums For All You Members...

For all Traveler members, there's an interesting topic in the forums that we'd love to have your thoughts on. A 74-year-old man died snowshoeing at nearly 10,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park. Should he have known better to snowshoe at that elevation at his age, or was it entirely fitting that he was doing something he loved in a place he loved when he died?

Enjoy Rocky Mountain National Park On Snowshoes, Skis, Sleds And More

Rocky Mountain National Park includes some top-tier scenery and opportunities for enjoying the out-of-doors all year long, and some fans of the park say winter is their favorite season at "Rocky." Upcoming activities in the park include ranger-led snowshoe walks, cross-country ski tours and full moon walks, and areas for winter camping and sledding are also available.

Are You A Traveler Member Yet?

With the blush slowing vanishing from the new year, it's time to persuade you to become a member of National Parks Traveler.

Missouri Official Wants State To Reclaim Ozark National Scenic Riverways From National Park Service

While National Park Service personnel are trying to craft a long-term management plan for Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri's lieutenant government is making a pitch for the state to "reclaim this resource."

What Must The National Park Service Do To Improve Its Web Presence?

The Internet is the currency of the media world these days, with smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops tied into it to get the latest news and information. While the National Park Service is promoting its social media tools, and has greatly improved its websites in recent months, there still are some weak links.

Shenandoah National Park Trust Has Ambitious Plans For 2014

A new year often brings a new set of goals for many, and the Shenandoah National Park Trust is no exception.

"Ecology Walk" Scheduled For Saturday At Mesa Verde National Park

Looking for an invigorating walk at Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado? On January 11 rangers will lead an "ecology walk" to point out the ways animals and plants survive the winter months.

Joshua Tree National Park To Partner With NatureBridge

NatureBridge, a non-profit organization that provides environmental education for youth in national park settings, has reached an agreement to bring its programs to Joshua Tree National Park.

Top National Park Service Officials Reverse Decision Tied To Fatal Climbing Accident

While a 2011 fatal climbing accident in Denali National Park led local Park Service officials to deny the outfitter involved in the matter "preferred status" for permit renewal, officials in the agency's Washington, D.C., headquarters overturned that decision.
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Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Seeks Volunteers For Stewardship At The Summit

You can help protect Hawai‘i’s fragile ecosystem from invasive, non-native species by volunteering for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's “Stewardship at the Summit” programs throughout 2014.

Update: Three Appalachian Trail Hikers Need Rescue In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Winter's latest punch to the East caught three Appalachian Trail hikers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park unprepared and needing to be rescued by rangers.

Cowpens National Battlefield Anniversary January 17-19 Offers An Impressive Slate Of Events

It may seem an unlikely name for the site of a battle often called the turning point of the Revolutionary War in the South, but Cowpens National Battlefield also claims a second distinction: one of the few uses of a classic military tactic known as a double envelopment occurred here. The park will commemorate the 233rd anniversary of the battle with an impressive slate of events January 17-19.

Shenandoah National Park's Byrd Visitor Center To Be Open Weekends This Winter

Good news for travelers to Shenandoah National Park this winter: The Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center at Big Meadows will be open weekends, weather allowing, of course.

"Adventures In Nature" Program For Kids Coming To Wind Cave National Park

A program specifically designed to get youngsters out into nature, and the national parks, is coming to Wind Cave National Park in a couple of weeks.

Zion National Park's Condor No. 299 Is No More

Condor No. 299, arguably the most-viewed condor in Zion National Park, has died. The bird's body was found in a remote canyon southeast of the park.
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