National Park Week, 2015 edition, is just a handful of weeks away. While any day is a great day to visit a national park, during this special week April 18-26 there will be more than a few events and activities to take part in.
A much publicized conference, Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century, opens today at the University of California, Berkeley. Led by the National Park Service and National Geographic Society, conference sponsors propose “to launch a Second Century of stewardship for the parks, 100 years after the historic meetings at UC Berkeley that helped launch the National Park Service.” A specialist on those meetings, Dr. Alfred Runte reports on why the story does not end there.
The backlog in maintenance across the National Park System is approaching $11.5 billion and touches many areas of the visitor experience, from campgrounds and trails to visitor centers and roads and bridges, according to the National Park Service.
Across the National Park System, the National Park Service has an estimated half-a-billion-dollars of obligations owed concessionaires who run lodges, restaurants, and even some activities. It's a sum that, while agency officials say it's manageable, has seemingly stifled concessions competition in some parks and diverted tens of millions of dollars from others to reduce debts.
All signs point to spring: warm winds, green budding trees, flowering bulbs, and... skiing? Sure enough! Spring’s a great time to spend some time sliding around on those broad bowls, snow-covered roads, and long ridges. The weather is mild, the skies are blue, and the days are long: it’s just a lot more comfortable spring-skiing than going on a mid-winter slog in a blizzard through deep snow.
Yosemite National Park officials, with an eye on the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, have picked 10 "signature" projects to help celebrate that notable birthday.
While the 100th birthday of the National Park Service won't officially arrive until August 25, 2016, it's not too early to work on improving the agency's many park websites. And the agency's webmeisters are doing just that.
Parks and technology — for some park lovers never the twain shall meet. Parks are where you go to escape from technology. But for many others, technology is a way to discover, enjoy, and share experiences and a love for parks.
New Prospectus For Grand Canyon National Park Concessions Denies Xanterra Parks & Resorts Trademark Claims
National Park Service officials, in trying yet again to attract a business to run concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, claim the agency owns trademarks to business names associated with popular South Rim lodges and that Xanterra Parks & Resorts should abandon its bid to secure those trademarks.
Much-needed repairs to the Big Oak Flat Tunnels in Yosemite National Park likely will delay your travel to the park during the next three months, though holidays will be spared.
No Charges Yet In "Creepytings" Vandalism Case That Left Painted Images Across The National Park System
An investigation into a case of vandalism that left painted images on rock outcrops in at least eight Western national parks is continuing with charges yet to be brought in the case, National Park Service officials say.
A sliding scale for entrance fees, and slightly higher campground fees, will take effect at Yosemite National Park on March 1.
In a stroke of luck, a remote, motion-triggered camera in Yosemite National Park has captured a Sierra Nevada red fox out for a winter's day stroll in what is believed to be the first sighting of the rare carnivore in nearly a century.
Efforts by concessionaires to capitalize on the names of such iconic lodges as The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park and the El Tovar Hotel in Grand Canyon National Park might prove to be pointless under a section of the U.S. Code.
The 2013 Rim Fire was the largest forest fire in California history, and the largest fire in Yosemite history. Burning 400 square miles, the speed and size of the fire was unprecedented. As these unnaturally large fires become more commonplace due to previous fire suppression and climate change, Yosemite National Park is seeing the benefits of carefully allowing smaller, controlled fires on the landscape.
Electric charging stations are beginning to sprout up around the National Park System, making it a bit easier for visitors with electric vehicles to recharge while enjoying the parks.
National Park Service officials have placed a $3.5 million value on the intellectual property rights attached to names of lodges in Yosemite National Park, a fraction of the $51 million valuation claimed by Delaware North Co.
Whether it was due to lower gas costs, better weather, or an improving economy, the bottom line for the National Park System for 2014 was impressive: An increase of more than 20 million visitors over 2013 levels, for a record total of 294 million, according to unofficial statistics.
National Park Service Will Review Trademark Applications Filed In Connection With Grand Canyon Businesses
Efforts by Xanterra Parks & Resorts to trademark the names of commercial businesses on the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona will be examined by the National Park Service once their applications are published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for review.
The following FAQs were provided by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite in connection with their intellectual property rights claim at Yosemite National Park.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts has filed a slew of applications to trademark the iconic names of lodgings and restaurants on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
While the Delaware North Company maintains that it can claim place names in Yosemite National Park as part of its intellectual property with a $51 million value, a prominent historian of national parks disagrees and hopes the National Park Service will challenge the company's belief.
What Value Is "The Ahwahnee Hotel," "Curry Village," Wawona Hotel," And Other Place names In Yosemite National Park?
Would "The Ahwahnee Hotel" still be the grand dame of national park lodging if called by another name? Would you stay at the Old Faithful Inn no matter what it was called? How much is the name "El Tovar Hotel" worth?
Despite all the electronic gadetry that allows you to consume media, hard-bound and paperback books continue to hold a considerable marketshare. And more than a few of those titles have something to do with national parks. We read as much as we could this year, and came away with the following reviews for your consideration.
The weekend's heavy rains in California brought heavy snows to the High Sierra, and that was enough for Yosemite National Park officials to close the Tioga and Glacier Point roads for the winter.
Yosemite National Park has launched a new website to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Yosemite National Park. The website is designed to provide an innovative way for community members and interested parties to actively participate in the celebrations surrounding the anniversary that will be staged throughout the 2015 calendar year.
It sure doesn’t seem like a whole year has passed, but it’s time again for the annual Christmas Bird Count. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, this is the 115th consecutive year the count has been held, making it one of the world’s longest running and largest citizen science projects. The 2014-15 count dates fall between December 14th and January 5th. Participation is free.
Eighty-Eight Units Of National Park System Tapped For $49.6 Million To Help Grand Canyon National Park
Eighty-eight units of the National Park System, from Acadia National to Yosemite National Park, provided a total $49.5 million in an open-ended loan to help Grand Canyon National Park buy down the interest Xanterra Parks & Resorts holds in concessions on the park's South Rim.