In "National Park Roads: A Legacy In The American Landscape," Dr. Timothy Davis details the history of a relationship as fragile and monumental as Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road – full of ups and downs, twists and turns, challenges and beauty. It is a story that many of us take for granted; after all, a park’s road serves as a de facto tour guide for most visitors, and that’s due to intricate planning and inventive engineering by park leaders for over 100 years.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
The state of Arkansas is accepting through April 6 public comments regarding a permit for an industrial hog farm located upstream of Buffalo National River.
Three Western Maryland national parks this month concluded operations to reduce overabundant white-tailed deer that threaten the historic scenery of two Civil War battlefields and a 5,810-acre hardwood mountain forest. This season, more than eight tons of venison were donated to the local Maryland Food Bank, the Thurmont Food Bank, the Help Hotline and the Lunch Place soup kitchen.
Before the state of Alaska essentially killed off the wolf packs that roamed Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, the National Park Service studied the wolves through radio collars that allowed biologists to follow them. This video, produced in 2013, shows the process National Park Service biologists go through to place the collars on wolves.
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Acadia National Park. You’ll find empty parking spots at Acadia’s top destinations, “vacancy” signs at your favorite lodgings, and a more relaxed feel in and around the park as it gears up for the busier seasons of summer and fall.
Ring in spring with a visit to a national park during National Park Week, April 15 through 23. Throughout the country, hundreds of programs and events will encourage visitors to explore new places and enjoy new experiences. More information is available at this website.
"Starve the beast," a phrase fashionable with fiscally conservative politicians dating to the mid-1980s, has returned in full force to Congress, where U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva worries about how national parks and public lands in general will fare if Republicans aren't checked.
Grand Canyon National Park on Monday will begin daily closures of the North Kaibab Trail at Redwall Bridge to remove debris from a storm-caused rockslide. During this time, rim-to-rim travel will be restricted.
Winter flooding has taken out sections of roads leading to Island Park and Rainbow Park in Dinosaur National Monument, and park officials have no firm timetable for when repairs will allow the roads to reopen.
While the wildfire burning in Big Cypress National Park in Florida has expanded to more than 25,000 acres, fire crews have been able to build containment lines around 40 percent of the blaze, according to a park release.
Lush deep shade and a gently curving scenic road are two landscape features that make the Natchez Trace Parkway a pleasant recreational route for both motorists and bicyclists. Those features that make traveling the Parkway enjoyable can sometimes reduce visibility for both drivers and bicyclists. New signs, funded through the Natchez Trace Parkway Association Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund, will raise motorist awareness and remind drivers that bicycles, as well as other motor vehicles, use the Parkway.
The landscape, historic buildings, utilities and road at Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park were heavily damaged by an extreme flash flood event in Ocober 2015. The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a proposed project to reconstruct Bonnie Clare Road, which was destroyed by the flood and is still closed to the public.
Taking a page out of Yosemite National Park's crowd-management manual, Acadia National Park officials will put "visitor service assistants" to work this summer to help manage parking at the busiest locations in the park on the coast of Maine.
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore camping season on the Outer Banks of North Carolina begins in mid-April. The Oregon Inlet and Cape Point campgrounds will open for the season on Friday, April 14, and the Frisco and Ocracoke campgrounds will open on Friday, April 21. All four campgrounds will remain open until the season ends on November 27.
In less than a week a wildfire burning in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida has ballooned to more than 24,300 acres, though park staff say it's roughly a third contained.
On March 29, THIRTEEN's Nature program will explore the impact of climate change on the ecosystem of Yosemite National Park.
National Park Service researchers surveying a stream in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area last week spotted signs of California red-legged frog reproduction. The nine egg masses found are the first known evidence in recent times of the species sustaining a population in the Santa Monica Mountains without the help of humans.
Yosemite Valley is so crowded, why not build a temporary gravel lot in Cook's Meadow that could handle 75 vehicles?
They're ponderous, pavement clogging, and capable of disgorging more than 50 visitors at a time; leg-stretching, camera-toting pedestrians who often will swarm en masse onto the boardwalks ringing Yellowstone National Park's geyser basins. And in 2016, those commercial tour buses would have stretched roughly 108 miles if you had parked them end-to-end-to-end.
Katmai National Park rangers at Brooks Camp routinely issue pins to arriving visitors upon their completion of “bear school,” a required safety orientation. This year, members of the local community are invited to enter their designs in a public competition for the 2017 pin—a first in the history of the 20+ year old Brooks Bear Etiquette Program.