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Sunday, September 16th, 2012

  • One of the most iconic spots in the National Park System is now officially an historic place.

    Yosemite National Park's Half Dome, the trail that climbs its smooth shoulder, and the cables that line that trail were quietly added to the National Register of Historic Places a month ago.

    No release of the listing was ma

  • Fans of lighthouses can start counting down the days until four more light stations at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore have been restored to a certain degree.

    Already the National Park Service has restored the Raspberry Island Light Station, although the work planned for the Michigan, Devils, Outer and Long Island light stations is not expected to be quite

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

  • A short trail -- actually, an old road -- in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has been opened to bicycle use.

    The Towers Trail was "previously closed to bicycle use based on an interpretation of federal regulation (36 CFR § 13.1126) prohibiting bicycle use on the Bartlett River and Bartlett Lake trails," Chief Ranger Albert Faria said in a release.

  • Four trails in Mammoth Cave National Park will officially be open to mountain bikers beginning October 12, barring a reversal by regional National Park Service officials.

    That decision, roughly four years in coming, will allow mountain bikes on a new Connector Trail in the vicinity of Maple Springs, a new Big Hollow Trail in the hilly country of the park north

Friday, September 14th, 2012

  • Unless Congress averts a staggering budget "sequestration" early next year, the National Park System will be devastated by underfunding that could force the Park Service to shutter more than 100 parks, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.

    The NPCA drew that conclusion after the Obama administration [url=http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/