Interior Secretary Salazar Upholds Delisting of Gray Wolves in Part of Yellowstone Ecosystem

In a move quickly condemned by conservationists, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today upheld a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove Endangered Species Act protection from thousands of gray wolves, including many in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The "Yellowstone Creation Myth": A Good Tale, But Little More Than That

Firehole River, Yellowstone NP, Kurt Repanshek photo.
One of the more enduring stories about America's national park movement is that it was spawned in the early fall of 1870 during talk around a campfire deep in the heart of today's Yellowstone National Park. But did it?
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Winter Photography Festival Coming to Yellowstone National Park ... In West Yellowstone

Think you've got a great winter shot of Yellowstone National Park? Then plan on heading to West Yellowstone on March 11 for the park's Winter Photo Festival.

Another Yellowstone National Park Wolf Reaches Colorado

It was a long, no doubt treacherous, journey, but a young wolf from Yellowstone National Park's wolf recovery program has made it down into Colorado.

National Park Quiz 42: Rocks and Minerals

This week’s quiz will find out whether you are a rock star. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll give you a sledge hammer and make you turn big rocks into little ones.

With or Without a Stimulus Package, National Parks Can Be Economical Vacation Destinations

With all the economic doom and gloom of late, it'll be a miracle if anyone goes away for a vacation this year. At the very least, folks will be looking for bargains, and that's where the National Park System comes into play.

Apparent Clumsiness Claims Life Of Famed Bull Elk In Yellowstone National Park

It's difficult to imagine an elk being clumsy, especially one that has lived 15 years, carried an impressive rack, and sired who knows how many offspring. But that apparently is behind the death of a bull elk at Yellowstone National Park.

2008 Visitation to the National Parks Up and Down, But Essentially Flat

Visitation to the National Park System in 2008 was, essentially, flat from the year before. There were spikes in some areas, and deep drops in others, but overall the 275 million visitors who were counted represented just 800,000 fewer than in 2007, according to preliminary data from the National Park Service.
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Lecture Series On Yellowstone Ecosystem and Climate Change On Tap

A series of discussions on how climate change could impact the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is coming to Big Sky, Montana, in the weeks ahead.

Volcanics in the National Parks: They Ain't All Tied to "Redoubt"

Yellowstone National Park entered the new year shaking and rattling. Fortunately, there hasn’t been any real rolling just yet. But over at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Redoubt Volcano has been going through its own gyrations, and volcanologists suspect it just might erupt any time now. Against that backdrop, if you want to see volcanics in action, or signs thereof, the National Park System has many opportunities for you.

If Science in Lake Clark National Park Is Good, Is It Also Good in Yellowstone National Park?

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is praising the scientists who are keeping tabs on Redoubt Volcano in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, using them as an example of "the importance of investing in science..." Which begs the question of whether science is just as important elsewhere in the National Park System?

Upon Further Review – How Not to Protect Yourself from a Bear

Guardhouse at Fort Yellowstone.
Visitors to Yellowstone National Park—and any other areas where bears are part of the equation—should always follow common-sense rules to avoid a confrontation with a bruin. At times, however, "common-sense" seems to be in short supply, as this true story from the past confirms.

National Park Quiz 39: Winter

This week’s quiz will find out if you are a winterwise park visitor. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain why the Bergeron-Findeisen process grows snowflakes only because the equilibrium vapor pressure of water vapor with respect to ice is less than that with respect to liquid water at the same subfreezing temperature.

Rangers Catch Snowmobilers Riding Illegally in Yellowstone National Park's Backcountry

Four Indiana visitors to Yellowstone National Park have been invited to return to Mammoth Hot Springs late next month...to face charges of snowmobiling illegally in the park's backcountry.
What's all the shaking about at Yellowstone National Park? Is the park, which is situated atop a huge volcano, about to blow it's top?
Why is Yellowstone National Park such a geologic hotspot? This Quicktime videocast, produced as part of the park's "Yellowstone Indepth" series, offers a primer on the park's geothermal basement.

Yellowstone Geologist Worries About What Goes "Bump" At Night

Who hasn't been jarred awake at night wondering what went "bump!"? Hank Heasler doesn't worry too much about it...unless his cellphone starts chirping.

Interior Secretary Salazar Uses the "S" Word On Second Day at the Office

Well, they're tossing the "s" word around at Interior again. You know, the "s" word. "Science." Let's see if they pay closer attention to it than the old administration.

It's Not Too Early To Start Planning This Summer's National Park Vacation

Sure, the calendar says January, there's a lot of snow out there across the country, and you haven't even thought about filing your income taxes. But it's still not too early to begin planning your national park vacation for this summer.

National Park Icons: Yellowstone’s Roosevelt Arch

The National Park System’s built environment sports two iconic arches. One is the Gateway Arch at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and the other is the Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone. Some think that the Gateway is just eye candy, but everyone knows that the Roosevelt is history with a capital H.

Yellowstone National Park: Poster Child For Goofy Gun Laws

For all, including Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, who thought the rules change concerning carrying concealed weapons in national parks would simplify life, Yellowstone National Park is proving the case of some of what's wrong with that rule change.

Second Round of National Park Service "Centennial Projects" Produces $27 Million Worth of Improvements

Rehabilitation projects, invasive species eradication and biodiversity research were among the $27 million worth of Centennial Initiative projects for the National Park System announced Tuesday by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and NPS Director Mary Bomar.
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Yellowstone National Park's Wolf Population Down More than 25 Percent

Disease and infighting are being blamed for a drop of more than 25 percent in the wolf population of Yellowstone National Park.

Forget the Camp, Send Your Kid to Yellowstone National Park This Summer

Want to help your kids fight nature deficit disorder? If they're old enough, have them apply to the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps for a summer job this year.

University Researchers Suggest Solution To Yellowstone National Park's Bison Problem

It's been relatively quiet so far this winter on the front lines of the battle over Yellowstone National Park's bison and their migratory desires. While various groups continue to search for a long-standing solution to this dilemma, some researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, believe they have the most cost-effective answer.

Deadly Threats You Never Heard of Lurk in Our National Parks

Some deadly diseases you’ve never heard of lurk in our national parks. It's extremely unlikely that you'll ever be infected, but the odds are not zero. And if you are among of the unfortunate few, may the Good Lord have mercy on you.

Fake USGS Site Urges Evacuation of Yellowstone National Park

It's big, it's bad, but it's not gonna blow. That's what the USGS is saying to counter a fake website that's calling for evacuation of Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas due to an impending eruption.

National Park Quiz 36: Management

Take this week’s quiz and see how much you know about the various managerial arrangements for our national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking we’ll make you write “The National Park Service manages St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site under a cooperative agreement with the Society of the National Shrine of the Bill of Rights at Saint Paul's Church, Eastchester” 100 times on the whiteboard.

Earthquakes Continuing to Rattle Yellowstone National Park

Call it an earth scientist's dream: Swarms of earthquakes are continuing to rattle Yellowstone National Park. What they're indicating is the question we're all waiting to hear an answer to.