Throughout the summer we've been celebrating the work of national park friends groups. While the summer is coming to an end, their good work continues throughout the year. And with that in mind, they could use your support to fund that work. Here's a look back at some of the park system's "essential friends" and how you can support them.
August is on the run, but that doesn't mean the time to get the most out of your favorite national park in the western part of the country has passed by. Take the following tips from friends groups in Big Bend, Glacier, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone national parks to heart and you'll create years of memories.
Did you get at least eight out of ten?
Park Service Retirees Say Preferred Winter-Use Plan For Yellowstone National Park Would "Make Bad Situation Worse"
A winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park being promoted by park staff would "make a bad situation worse," according to the viewpoint of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.
Does your congressperson understand where you stand when it comes to America's national parks? Perhaps more to the point, do they care where you stand?
Yellowstone National Park's bison herds have grown by nearly 14 percent over 2011 numbers, with most of the animals found across the park's northern range.
As Congress continues to look for ways to cut federal spending, non-profit organizations such as the Yellowstone Park Foundation are becoming invaluable for the direct funding they provide the national parks. Often without their help trails would go without maintenance, wildlife research would dip, and facilities would deteriorate.
Poll Shows Vast Majority Of Voters Believe Federal Government Has Responsibility To Safeguard, Support National Parks
America's national parks, places such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains, and Everglades, face problems both small and large due to poor federal funding, according to a survey of voters released today.
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Denali National Park and Preserve seems to be quite popular this August with congressional staffers, though a number of other parks also are destinations for politicians and their staff during the August recess.
As has been the case in recent years, officials at Yellowstone National Park have instituted some temporary fishing closures in the park because streams are getting overly warm for fish.
A series of mishaps and missteps led to the death of one visitor to Yellowstone National Park and left several others injured, including one who received significant burns when he got too close to a thermal area, park officials said.
NPCA Officials Cite Snowmobile Emissions In Criticizing Winter-Use Plan For Yellowstone National Park
Pointing to the National Park Service's own testing as evidence, National Parks Conservation Association officials are criticizing a proposed winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park, saying testing shows snowmobiles have gotten dirtier and noiser, not cleaner and quieter.
Group Claims National Park Service Planning To Erect Cell Tower In Yellowstone Without Proper Approvals
Charges were raised today that the National Park Service is moving to OK a 100-foot-tall cellphone tower in the middle of Yellowstone National Park without having properly taken all the steps to OK the project, including informing the public along the way.
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Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park and the place that started the global national parks movement, deserves a better winter-use plan than the one being pushed by park officials.
Yellowstone National Park, which attracted national attention in 1988 when wildfires burned nearly half the 2.2-million-acre park that hot and dry summer, so far has managed to avoid any fires this summer.
Yellowstone National Park's many thermal features have captured the imagination of visitors for centuries. But Yellowstone geologists and other researchers are using an array of high-tech tools and techniques for the first time to get a much more revealing look at the park's large-scale hydrothermal systems in action.
Data Seemingly Contradict Yellowstone National Park Claims Of A Cleaner, Quieter Park Under Proposed Winter-Use Plan
Claims by Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk that a preferred winter-use plan will result in a cleaner, quieter park open to more visitors seem to be contradicted by data contained in documents upon which the plan is built.
Yellowstone National Park's Winter-Use Proposal Would Allow 110 "Transportation Events" A Day In Winter
A draft winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park redefines over-snow entries into the park under a system that could increase the number of over-snow vehicles into the park beyond the total that has been permitted in past winters.