An Idea in Trouble: Thoughts about the Future of Traditional National Parks in the United States

Historians point out that ideas, and the organizations associated with them, sometimes age and lose their relevance. Today, as the National Park Service (NPS) approaches the centennial of its establishment, the agency faces huge potential problems with its founding mission and subsequent land management policies.

Non-Profit Yellowstone Association Can Enhance Your Visit to Yellowstone National Park

Looking for a more personalized tour or exploration of Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone Association Institute can do that.

National Park Quiz 82: Flowers

April showers bring May flowers, so let’s run with that idea in this month’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Flowers are the reproductive organs of angiosperms.”

Healthy U.S. Ecosystems Draw International Nature Pilgrims

Meet a pilgrim — a nature pilgrim — a woman who traveled to the backyard of America to set eyes on a species that long ago was extinguished from her homeland archipelago. Julie Askew could have selected hundreds of other pretty destinations in the U.S. She could have also gone to Disneyland, but she selected Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks—and their stunning surrounding environs—because the wildlife predators are HERE.

Is the Old Faithful Area At Yellowstone National Park Visitor-Friendly?

How visitor-friendly is the Old Faithful area at Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service is asking that question as it moves forward to develop a long-range plan to the area that has risen up around the iconic geyser.
Do our national parks need to be better promoted? Should the National Park Service be placing advertisements in major media outlets, on Internet sites, and buying TV commercials?

Is There A Need to Have the Government Promote National Parks?

Is there a need to promote places that "our woven into our American culture," that require room reservations to be made months, if not a year, ahead of schedule, and which not too long ago gained national exposure through a 12-hour Ken Burns mini-series?

Hazing of Yellowstone National Park Bison, A Controversial Rite of Spring

In one of the more controversial rites of spring across the National Park System, Yellowstone National Park bison are being hazed on the ground and from the air out of the Montana countryside.

Yellowstone National Park Access Through East Entrance Scheduled for Friday

Steady work by the plow crews in Yellowstone National Park has park officials predicting that the East Entrance will open to traffic Friday.
In a conclusion that might not seem to be too surprising, U.S. Geological Survey researchers have found that rural development in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem threatens the future of grizzly bear populations.

Wintry Conditions Make Travel In Yellowstone National Park Interesting

A spring snowstorm that's been pulsing through the Rocky Mountains has left Yellowstone National Park somewhat of a winter wonderland, and park officials are warning travelers that it could be tough to negotiate the park for the next few days.

Barring Major Storm, You Should Be Able to Drive To Old Faithful On Friday

Upper Geyser Basin, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Barring a major snowstorm, crews at Yellowstone National Park should have some of the park's roads open Friday. While the North and West entrance roads should be clear of snow, more work is necessary for the East and South entrances to be opened.

Yellowstone National Park's Wolves Seem to Prefer Elk Loin Over Goose Breast

When wolves in Yellowstone National Park are hungry, they overwhelmingly choose elk, not goose, from the park's wildlife menagerie, according to studies of the predators. And they could care less about the revered status of bald eagles.

National Park Service Finalizes "Benefits-Sharing Agreement" That Could Benefit Parks

A "benefits-sharing agreement" that could reap national parks untold profits from businesses that do research in the parks with an eye on commercial opportunities has been finalized by the National Park Service.

Snowmobile Numbers Decline, Snowcoach Traffic Up in Yellowstone National Park

Snowcoach traffic to Yellowstone National Park rose slightly this past winter from the year before, while snowmoible visitors declined slightly, according to numbers released by the park.
National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country Though no doubt driven by marketing aspirations, the National Geographic Society has rereleased three books that will take you into the heart of some iconic national parks.

On Bison Science, Bison Politics, and the Rebisoning of the West

A new IUCN publication reports on the status of wild and conservation-herd bison, makes bison conservation recommendations, and stirs controversy over emotion-charged issues such as the possible "rebisoning" of large areas of former bison range.

Summering in Yellowstone National Park: The Logistics

It's never too late to plan a summer trip to Yellowstone National Park. True, it gets trickier the longer in the year you wait to make your plans, but you're never completely shut out of visiting this incredible park. How do you negotiate the logistics? Let us show you the way.

How Will Wildfires Impact The National Park Landscape This Summer?

Winter has been pretty fluky across the United States, with heavy snows taking aim at the Mid-Atlantic and Sierra states, cold weather diving deeply into the Southeast, torrential rains hitting the Northeast, and quick warming baking the Midwest. With such a mix, what might we expect from the coming wildfire season across the National Park System?

Yellowstone National Park Developing "Native Fish Conservation Plan"

Cutthroat trout, LeHardy Rapids, Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park long has been renowned for its "museum quality" cutthroat trout fishery. Sadly, that fishery is in danger of collapse due to non-native lake trout. There are other threats to Yellowstone's fisheries, though, and that's why the park is developing a Native Fish Conservation Plan.

Commemorative Quarter Places Old Faithful Geyser, Bison On a Quarter

It won't be long before you'll be able to hold both a bison and Old Faithful in the palm of your hand.

Spring Bicycle Season is Underway at Yellowstone National Park

Spring cyclists in Yellowstone.
Crews in Yellowstone National Park are clearing roads of snow and ice to reopen the routes to vehicles, but that work is expected to take a month or more. In the meantime, hardy bicyclists have an opportunity to experience a ride on some of those roads without competition from other visitor traffic.

Elk, Bison Populations in Yellowstone National Park Said To Be Stable

Yellowstone bison, Northern Range, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Late-winter surveys of elk and bison herds in Yellowstone National Park show the animals are maintaining relatively stable populations compared to recent years, according to park biologists.

Want To Save 20 Percent on Lodging in Yellowstone National Park? Here's How

How would you like to save 20 percent on your lodging bill the next time you visit Yellowstone National Park? It's really quite easy, and you can earn a tax deduction in the process.

Is The American Pika Really On The Road To Extinction Due to Climate Change?

Less than a month after a conservation group expressed its displeasure with the Obama administration for not providing Endangered Species Act protection to the American pika due to the plight it might face due to climate change, a new study suggests the tiny mammals are more widespread than thought and seem to thrive in a temperature range greater than long thought possible.
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Spring Plowing Coming to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

With winter easing its grip on the Northern Rockies, work is under way in Yellowstone National Park, and soon will be under way in neighboring Grand Teton National Park, to clear snow from the roads.

Time Running Out To Suggest How Yellowstone National Park Should Approach Winter-Use-Plan

Mammoth Terrace, Kurt Repanshek photo
Just a few more weeks remain for you to suggest areas that Yellowstone National Park planners should consider in preparing a plan for winter-use in the park.
I remember clearly hurrying to the Yellowstone River after finishing a shift as a seasonal ranger with fly rod in hand. I would rent a rowboat from the Fishing Bridge boat dock and row downstream a bit to clear the lines of the people fishing from the bridge. And then I would begin to cast — not too skillfully I might add — and catch a cutthroat on every second or third cast. It was absolutely the best fishing in the world.

Reader Participation Day: Where Are the Best Waterfalls In the National Park System?

Waterfall Ohe o Gorge, Haleakala National Park, copyright Q.T. Luong
Two of the most incredible waterfalls in the National Park System can be found in Yellowstone National Park. But it certainly doesn't have a monopoly on waterworks. Olympic National Park boasts the beautifully secluded Marymere Falls, Glacier National Park the towering Bird Woman Falls, and Great Smoky Mountain National Park the comparatively small but gorgeous-just-the-same Abrams Falls. What other waterfalls in the park system deserve to be singled out for their beauty?

Group Forms to Urge Plowing Of Roads In Yellowstone National Park

Bombardier at Kepler Cascades, copyright Kurt Repanshek
With Yellowstone National Park managers back at work on producing a winter-use plan pertaining to getting around the park, at least one group has mounted a campaign to see some of the park's roads plowed in winter.