The Top National Park Stories Of 2014

New units to the National Park System, a face-off over concession fees at Grand Canyon National Park that impacted nearly a quarter of the park system, and even the basic relevancy of national parks were among the top stories of 2014 involving the park system.

Wednesday's The Last Day To Comment On Proposed Sport Hunting Regs At National Preserves In Alaska

National Park Service officials, looking to offset the recent liberalization of Alaska state hunting regulations, are proposing regulations that aim to better protect predators from hunters. The comment period on the proposed regulations runs out Wednesday.

National Park Service Looking To Reduce Illegal Predator Hunting In National Preserves In Alaska

Annual problems with predator hunting in national preserves in Alaska have prompted the National Park Service to propose a permanent federal prohibition against certain hunting practices.

Alaska Fish And Game Employees Kill Entire Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve Wolf Pack

Alaska Fish and Game Department employees, who in the past have gunned down wolves that roam outside of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, have wiped out an entire pack that has claimed the preserve as part of its territory.

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve Says Gravel Bar No Longer Safe For Plane Landings

A gravel bar at Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve that long has been used by bush pilots is no longer safe for planes to land upon, according to park officials. Going forward, the National Park Service will not take responsibility for pilots who decide to land there.

Alaska National Parks Helping Inventory Permafrost To Monitor Climate Change

In Alaska, where about 80 percent of the landscape has been identified as being permafrost, National Park Service scientists are working with several partners to inventory those lands to better monitor climate-change impacts.

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve's Wolf Population Plummets, NPS Blames State Of Alaska's Hunting Regs

Wolf numbers have plummeted at Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in Alaska, where National Park Service officials attribute the steep decline to the state's desire to reduce predators to improve hunting.

2012 Fire Season: Alaska Fizzles While Lower 48 Sizzles

It's been a record-setting year for heat, drought and wildfires in parts of the Lower 48, but Alaska is a different story. By mid-August each year the fire season in Alaska is winding down, and 2012 is headed for one of the quietest summers in years for fire crews.

Wolves At Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve Appear To Be Thriving

Wolves in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve seem to be thriving, according to the preserve's latest report on the canids, with at least 71 animals divided among nine packs.

Ongoing Research At Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve Shows Steady Peregrine Falcon Population

Raptors are returning to many areas in the National Park System for nesting, including to the Upper Yukon River in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in Alaska.

NPCA Accuses Alaska Officials of Waging "Quiet War" Against Bears

Contending that the state of Alaska has "declared a quiet war" on bears, National Parks Conservation Association officials on Friday urged the Alaska Board of Game to curtail bear baiting, snaring, and spotlighting of bears in national preserves in the state.

Applications Being Accepted for Research Projects In Denali and Other Alaskan Parks

The National Park Service and the Murie Science and Learning Center are seeking applicants for two research fellowships that are available to individuals wishing to conduct research in Denali National Park and Preserve and other arctic and subarctic Alaska national parks.

Alaska's Rep. Don Young Wants National Park Service To Get Out of the Water At Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

In perhaps just the most recent example of legislative might, U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska is determined to kick the National Park Service out of the water at Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

Looking Back On 2010 Across the National Park System

What were the top stories across the National Park System in 2010? There were more than a few, ranging from the tragic loss of three Katmai National Park and Preserve employees to a small-plane crash to the ongoing controversy over whether birds, turtles and off-road vehicles can co-exist at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Let's take a look back through the year at some of the stories.

Fire Season Arrives Early and Vigorous In Alaska's National Parks

Though the wildfire season really hasn't started in the Rockies, Sierra Nevada, or Cascade ranges, it's been well under way in Alaska, where national park fire managers are reporting unusual fire behavior.

National Park Service in Alaska Takes Steps To Counter State's Approach to Wildlife Management

In moves designed to counter Alaska's current approach to wildlife management, National Park Service officials in that state are instituting hunting and trapping bans to protect wolves and bears in their parks and preserves.

National Park Service, Alaska Game Officials Publicly Settle Differences Over Wolf Killings

In a joint release, officials for the National Park Service and the Alaska Fish and Game Department have publicly resolved their differences over the killings of radio-collared wolves that roamed in and out of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

Updated: Alaska 'Gunners' Wipe Out Wolf Pack From Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Helicopter-borne Alaskan predator control agents have killed an entire wolf pack from Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, prompting the National Parks Conservation Association to call for immediate suspension of the program near the national preserve.

Alaska Officials Considering Proposal To Kill Predators in National Parks Without Park Service Approval

Alaska wildlife officials, in a move certain to flare jurisdictional issues between the state and federal governments if OKed, are proposing that they be allowed to kill predators in national parks and preserves without prior approval from the National Park Service. The proposal has prompted a message from National Park Service officials that Alaska's wildlife management powers "are not absolute when we are dealing with Federal lands within the State."

1,000-Mile Yukon Quest Dogsled Race Under Way in Alaska

In one of the "Iron man," or perhaps "Iron dog," events of sled-dog racing, the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest race is under way, with 24 teams mushing from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Whitehorse in the Canadian Yukon. The trail follows historic Gold Rush and Mail Delivery routes from the turn of the 20th Century, and passes through part of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

Floods Sweeping Gateways to Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Unusually warm weather, coupled with a higher-than-normal snow pack and higher-than-normal ice buildup, is causing flooding problems for the gateway communities of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.