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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

  • If you could visit only one state to tour its national parks, which state would it be?

    Would you head to Utah with its five "national parks," to California with its eight "national parks" and handful of other designated park units, or choose Maine with its one national park (Acadia), a stretch of Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and lone international historic site?

    Does quantity overrule

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

  • A package of bills that would toss aside environmental laws and regulations protecting a number of national parks passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, though its prospects in the Senate were unclear.

    The package, if it managed to become law, would give the U.S. Border Patrol wide-ranging access to lands managed by the National Park Service, the U.S.

  • He's cute, and possibly even charming, but a red fox that has been panhandling along the Cattle Point Road at San Juan Island National Historical Park in Washington state has turned into a traffic hazard.

    Superintendent Lee Taylor says the problem stems from visitors stopping in the road to observe, photograph or feed the animal.

  • America’s national parks are a great place for kids to spend their free time during their summer vacation. Many parks offer educational programs, summer camps and special tours, and present an opportunity for parents to instill a love of nature and history into their children.

Monday, June 18th, 2012

  • With a massive wildlfire burning less than 50 miles to the east, officials at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado have instituted a park-wide ban on open fires, even those fueled by charcoal.

    The "High Park Fire" burning near Fort Collins, Colorado, covers more than 58,000 acres and was only 45 percent contained Monday afternoon.