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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

  • Wet heavy snow deposited by "Superstorm Sandy," downed trees, and millions of leaves were being tackled by crews at Shenandoah National Park on Halloween with hopes of getting part of the park open in time for the weekend.

    Though the calendar still said "October," the snow-coated scenery around the park made things look decidedly wintry.

    “Actually, the wind was not as much trouble as

  • While Hurricane Sandy tossed numerous impacts at Assateague Island National Seashore, the seashore's ponies weathered the storm just fine, according to park officials.

    "They are acting as if nothing happened," says Rachelle Daigneault, the seashore's chief of interpretation, who checked on the ponies. "They've been here 300 years.

  • Ground crews, having searched extensively for a missing backpacker in the high country of Kings Canyon National Park, have been pulled from the effort, though aerial searching will continue for the time being, according to park officials.

    Larry Conn, a 53-year-old Pacific Palisades, California, resident, failed to return from a weekend trek last Monday as expected.

  • Editor's note: This updates with additional details from parks in storm track.

    Nearly 70 National Park System units along the Eastern Seaboard were either fully or partially closed due to impacts from "superstorm Sandy," and it could be days before some reopen.

    The following rundown was provided Wednesday morning by the National Park Service:

    * [b]National Parks of New York

  • The classic picture of an owl is typically one associated with Halloween: large, nocturnal creatures with wide eyes and a wise mind. With Halloween here, it’s the perfect time to take a look into a lesser-known owl species that can be found in some national parks: the burrowing owl.