Looking At The National Park Service's Goal To Eliminate Plastic Bottles

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis is determined to rid plastic bottles from the national parks, but wants to consider all factors before doing so, the agency's communications chief said today while addressing the uproar over the director's decision to put a hold on a water bottle ban at Grand Canyon National Park.
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House Natural Resources Committee To Hold Hearing On Endangered Species Act

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, concerned that the Endangered Species Act is wasting more money on lawsuits than recovering species, has scheduled a full committee hearing on the act for next week.

Why The Delay In Designating Official Wilderness In National Parks?

There is a false sense of security in the National Park System surrounding officially designated wilderness. And political actions, or, rather, inaction, demonstrates why there should be concern for the long-term fate of lands with wilderness qualities.

A Potpourri of Suggestions For Visiting The National Park System This Winter

Just because winter is on its way and the weather is turning gray and colder, that doesn't mean there aren't great places to enjoy in the National Park System. Here are some random suggestions.

Appellate Court Rules Yellowstone Area Grizzly Bears Should Remain On Endangered Species List

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in finding that grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem should remain a threatened species, has ruled that federal wildlife biologists were wrong when they concluded the decline of whitebark pine trees was not detrimental to the bears' future.

NPCA Officials Lament Congress' Failure At Deficit Talks, Possible Impact On National Parks

Visit the national parks next summer, because who knows what shape they'll be in in 2013. That was the message Monday evening from National Parks Conservation Association officials in reaction to the failure by Congress' supercommittee to craft a deficit reduction plan.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Reviewing Proposal To Boost Lodging At Old Faithful

Yellowstone National Park officials are reviewing a proposal that could increase more overnight lodging in the Old Faithful area, although it would require that a 77-room dormitory be built there.

Adopt A Yellowstone National Park Bison For The Holidays

Hiding a Yellowstone National Park bison under the Christmas tree or in a year-end gift box isn't exactly easy, but it can be done through the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Kind of.

"Vital Signs" Report From Yellowstone National Park Points To Areas Of Concern In Park's Health

A report created to track the "vital signs" of natural, cultural, and historic resources in Yellowstone National Park points to a number of concerns pertaining to the park's climate, wildlife resources, and air quality.

NPCA Report Paints Somber Portrait Of An Underfunded National Park Service

America is abundantly rich in the "natural assets" found within the National Park System, but inadequate funding by Congress is threatening the core health of that system, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.

National Park Mystery Photo 38 Revealed: A Very Special White Crust

There is a story behind the donkey's white coat.

October Visitation To Yellowstone National Park Was Good, But Not Record-Setting

More than 175,000 folks visited Yellowstone National Park in October, which was a good number, but not quite record-setting.

Last Entrance-Fee-Free Weekend of The Year On Tap Across National Park System

The final "entrance-fee-free" weekend of the year is coming to the National Park System this weekend, giving you another excuse (if you need one) to get out and visit a park.

As A Federal Agent, Carter Niemeyer Killed Wolves For A Living

Mary Roberson's painting Alpha, Alpha, Beta, Omega
Carter Niemeyer has had a hand in killing more American wolves in the Lower 48 states than any wildlife manager in modern history. In the following interview, he discusses his book, "Wolfer," and offers his thoughts on the current state of wolves and wolf management in the Rocky Mountains.

Traveler's Gear Box: Icebreaker's GT 200 Series Offers Durable Merino Wool Base Layers

Icebreaker's GT 200 base layers offer you a durable, and comfortable, merino wool "second skin" well-suited to backcountry travel, whether for a day or a week.

Yellowstone National Park Receives Green Light To Redesign Traffic Flow Through North Entrance

A plan to redesign traffic flows into Yellowstone National Park through its North Entrance has been given the green light by regional officials, although a firm timetable for the work to proceed is somewhat open-ended at this time.

Some National Park-Related Groups That Deserve Your Donation

While there are still two months left to 2011, it's not too early to think about making a tax-deductible contribution to your favorite national park-related organization.

Traveler Housekeeping: Making It Easier To Follow Your Favorite Unit of the National Park System

It just got easier to follow your favorite unit of the National Park System on the Traveler.

Chair Of House Subcommittee On National Parks Calls Parks, Other Federal Lands Unconstitutional

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, who chairs the House subcommittee that oversees national parks and other federal lands, says it is unconstitutional for the federal government to own those tracts.

Widow of Man Mauled By Grizzly Sues Federal Government For Wrongful Death, Negligence

A woman whose husband was mauled to death by a grizzly bear near Yellowstone National Park shortly after it had been sedated by wildlife biologists is suing the federal government for $5 million, saying the biologists failed to adequately monitor the bear and warn area residents of their work.

Trails I've Hiked: Bechler River Trail In Yellowstone National Park

Thigh-deep in the strong, bracing currents of the Bechler River was not exactly what I expected when I set out to explore Yellowstone National Park's "Cascade Corner." But at least it was mid-September, and not mid-July, when the torrent surely would have been colder, deeper, and stronger.

Reader Participation Day: Is The Current Level Of Visitation To National Parks A Concern?

Latest visitation figures show that tourism to the National Park System dipped somewhat in 2010, dropping from 285.5 million in 2009 to 281.3 million last year. Is that a concern?

Congressman Pushing Legislation To Require National Park Gift Shops To Carry "Made In America" Items

A congressman from New York hopes to bolster pride in America, and boost American manufacturers, by pushing legislation that would require gift shops throughout the National Park System to carry items made in America.

House And Senate Likely To Clash Over Interior Appropriations Bill; NPCA Criticizes Park Funding As Too Low

A budget battle could be brewing in Congress over funding for the Interior Department. On the sidelines, the National Parks Conservation Association will be lobbying for more money for the national parks in the fiscal year 2012 budget.
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Traveler's Gear Box: KEEN's Erickson PCT, A Hiking Boot For Long-Distance Trekkers

Soggy meadows and mile-heavy days in Yellowstone National Park were the perfect testing grounds for KEEN's Erickson PCT, a hiking boot best suited for cranking out backcountry miles with a full pack.

Consider 2012 "Entrance Fee Free Days" When Planning Your National Park Adventures

True, the entrance fees at national parks are a tiny part of the overall cost of visiting a park. But if you can schedule your 2012 trip to get in free during one of National Park Service's entrance-fee-free days, why not?

Call To Action: Updating The Leopold Report For National Parks in the 21st Century

Nearly 50 years after it was completed, the Leopold Report on wildlife management in the national parks is perhaps overdue for revisions to take into account the realities of climate change, sprawl, and greater visitation to the parks.

Reader Participation Day: How Do You Decide Which National Parks To Visit?

With the snows of winter on their way, most people are bringing an end to this year's travels and looking ahead to 2012. Which has us wondering: How do you decide which national parks to put on your travel calendar?

Birding in the National Parks: Track Your Birds On The Web With eBird

eBird is a helpful took courtesy of the folks at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society that makes it easier for you to keep track of your birding life-list. Let's take a closer look at how it functions.

Call To Action: Building A $1 Billion Endowment For The National Parks

An initiative to build a $1 billion endowment for national parks in these distressed economic times is bold and ambitious, one that could do much good for a National Park System that Congress has been unable, or unwilling, to fully fund. But it won't happen overnight, and it will take continued support from administrations yet to be elected.