Reader Participation Day: How Much Extra $$ Do You Send The National Park Service?

After you've purchased your annual parks pass, or paid your week-long entrance fee to your favorite national park, how much more money do you send to the National Park Service?

Groups Sue Over U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service's Refusal To Provide Wolverine With Endangered Species Act Protection

Whether climate change is adversely impacting wolverines, something the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes is uncertain, is being challenged by a coalition of conservation groups that is suing the agency to provide Endangered Species Act protection to the small carnivores.
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Is Outsourcing Parks A Key To Solving The National Park Service's Financial Woes?

With a park system that is being strangled by its maintenance backlog and operating costs, would the National Park Service, and the system, be better off if the agency outsourced entire parks?

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Sues National Park Service Over Grand Canyon Contracts

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, which operates lodges and restaurants in some of the most iconic national parks in the system, on Wednesday announced it was suing the National Park Service over its handling of concessions contracts on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Third Drone Pilot Pleads Guilty To Flying Craft In Yellowstone National Park

For the third time in the past month, an owner of an unmanned drone has pled guilty to flying it in Yellowstone National Park, this time over crowds in the Midway Geyser Basin and close to bison.

Polling Shows Most Westerners Approve Of Federal Land-Management Agencies, Oppose Giving Lands Over To The States

A public opinion poll of key Western states has produced somewhat contradictory results when it comes to federal lands in those states. While strong numbers voiced positive views of agencies such as the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, strong numbers held their state governments in higher esteem than the federal government. Overall, though, a slight majority opposes proposals to turn those federal lands over to the states.

Traveler's View: Fear Mongering On The Public Lands

Confusion, misspoken words, and fear mongering swept the public lands landscape this past week following word that the U.S. Forest Service was planning to squash your right to snap a photo in the woods if you didn't pony up $1,500 for a picture-taking permit. The uproar stemmed from a poorly worded Federal Register notice, and was fanned by media worried about their First Amendment rights and very possibly by federal government critics.

Trails I've Hiked: Lewis Channel Trail At Yellowstone National Park

Late September and early October, they say, are the best times to while your day away hoping to hook into one of the brown trout that call Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park home. And one of the best ways to reach the lake for some fishing is via the Lewis RIver Channel Trail.

Yellowstone National Park Releases 2013 Wolf Report

Yellowstone National Park has released its annual Wolf Report, which describes the status of wolves in the park and management plans and activities for that species. According to the report, the overall wolf population in the park is up slightly from 2012, similar to previous recent years, and down about 45 percent since 2003.

Watch Hawks With A Yellowstone National Park Ranger On Sunday

For a little change of pace in Yellowstone National Park, spend a time this Sunday looking up into the sky.

There Likely Is A National Park Fee Increase In Your Future...

It very likely will be a bit more costly to enter Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Acadia, Shenandoah and the other 126 units that charge entrance fees by the time the National Park Service's centennial arrives in 2016, and you also should brace for slightly higher fees to camp, shower, paddle, and participate in boat and cave tours.
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Assessing National Park Wilderness On The 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act

It's been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed The Wilderness Act into law in 1964, but the question remains: Why has so much land within the National Park System not been designated as wilderness?

Buzzing Drones Lead To Tickets In Yellowstone National Park

Just weeks after a visitor crashed a drone into Yellowstone National Park’s largest hot spring, park officials have filed criminal charges against the alleged pilot, and are stepping up their efforts to publicize and enforce a ban on unmanned aerial vehicles in the park.

Yellowstone National Park concessions employee found dead

The body of a 21-year-old Yellowstone National Park employee has been found near the Old Faithful Lodge area

Old Report Describes Photographer W. H. Jackson's Return To Yellowstone National Park At The Age Of 94

William H. Jackson was a photographer on the now famous Hayden Geological Survey of the Yellowstone region in 1871, and his images are often cited as an important factor in the campaign to have the area established as a national park. In 1938, at the age of 94, W. J. Jackson returned to the park for a visit, and an old report about his trip offers some fascinating insights into the Hayden Survey and how times have changes in the world of photography.

Ten Top Geologic Parks In The National Park System

Geology factors into many units of the National Park System, but there are some parks that rise above all others if you have an interest in the geologic past...and present. What follows is a short list of some of the most geologically fascinating parks in the system, though we're sure you can add others.

Reader Participation Day: Is The National Park System In Danger Of Becoming A Catchall System?

Is the National Park System in danger of turning into a catchall system? Should a site dedicated to the nuclear arms race, another to union organizers, and another to First Ladies really fall under an agency that started out preserving spectacular vistas and landscapes, that showcases Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon?

Birding In The National Parks: Have You Dipped Lately?

Have you ever missed a unique birding sighting by just this much? That's dipping, for you.

As National Park Service Looks At Grizzly Bear Recovery In North Cascades, What's The State Of The Endangered Species Act?

News that the National Park Service wants to consider whether grizzly bears should be restored to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state is a big step towards bolstering the region's ecological integrity, but recent events surrounding the Endangered Species Act raises questions about whether the Park Service can succeed if it decides grizzly recovery is in the ecosystem's best interests.

Yellowstone National Park Wants Your Thoughts On Sewer Line Replacement

Some issues that come up in the National Park System are no brainers, and the proposal in Yellowstone National Park to replace a sewer line nearing a quarter-century in service is one.

Monday Is Entrance-Fee Free Day Across The National Park System

If you can manage it, be sure to head to the National Park System on Monday, when the gates will all be open with no need to pay an entrance fee.

Essential Park Guide, Fall '14: Fish, Bike, Hike, Or Photograph The Fall From West Yellowstone

Finding yourself in West Yellowstone, Montana, this fall is the easy part. Deciding what to do, well, that could take some time

Park History: The Railroads And The National Parks

Railroads played a huge role in the establishment of the national parks in the early 20th century. Just how great their influence was will be discussed by Dr. Alfred Runte as part of the lecture series at Zion National Park this summer.

Essential Fall Guide '14: Find Your Place In The West At A Dude Ranch Near A National Park

There’s a sense of place in the West. It flows from endless stands of lodgepole pines, glades of aspen tinged gold by the season, horizons that spread the sky wider than you’ve ever noticed. Spend a little time here, and it seeps into you. It’s the distant bugle of a bull elk, a band of pronghorn darting across the open range, the chortling flock of sandhill cranes, southbound, high overhead. They all fill your senses with the West as it’s always been, as it always should be.

UPDATE: Young Girl Dies In Fall Into Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone

A young girl visiting Yellowstone National Park with her family has been killed in a fall into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Body Of Missing Concessions Worker Recovered From Yellowstone River

The body of a young man who went to cool off in the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park has been recovered, just a quarter-mile downstream from the confluence of the Lamar and Yellowstone rivers.

Road Work Will Cause Some Snarls In Yellowstone National Park After Labor Day

If you're planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park next month, you'll want to read this update about road work that will cause some snarls for visitors.

Essential Park Guide, Fall '14: Your Travel Guide To The National Parks

For many, fall conjures images of blizzards of golden leaves, the eerie bugles of bull elk, and the first crisp, possibly snow-dusted, days of year’s end. For the northern half of the country these are the realities of the National Park System. There are the breathtaking days of hiking, watching wildlife on the move, and even tasting the season in the bounties of wild berries and other fruits.

Nearly 5,000 Bison Estimated To Be In Yellowstone National Park Herds

The annual summer census of bison in Yellowstone National Park shows there are about 5,000 of the iconic animals in the park.

Concessions Contract Will Cost Grand Canyon National Park $100 Million, But Benefit Park In Long Run

A new concessions contract for businesses on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will cost the park $100 million, an amount that could impact just about all operations in the park, Superintendent Dave Uberuaga said Wednesday. In the long run, however, the move stands to benefit both the park and its visitors, observers believe.