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Application Period Opens For Non-Commercial River Trip Permits At Grand Canyon National Park

Today marks the opening of the application period for the permit lottery for 2016 Noncommerical River Trip launch dates at Grand Canyon National Park. Applications will be accepted online through noon Mountain Standard Time on February 24.

Bobwhite Quail Recovery Project Under Way At Pea Ridge National Military Park

Efforts are under way at Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas to rebuild habitat for bobwhite quail, a grasslands bird that has suffered from declining habitat nation-wide.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument Reopens To Visitors

Rainbow Bridge National Monument, which had been closed to most visitors for trail repairs, fully reopened Friday.

General Management Plan For Ozark National Scenic Riverways Approved By National Park Service

A plan to manage the Ozark National Scenic Riverways for the next two decades has been approved by the National Park Service, though some elements might not immediately be implemented.

How Bears Can Help Change Vegetative Landscapes In National Parks

Whether you believe wolves can have an impact on the course of rivers in Yellowstone National Park or not, there is evidence that bears can impact the vegetation of a landscape, simply by eating.

Blizzard Of '15 Takes Out Nauset Light Beach Staircase At Cape Cod National Seashore

Well, time again to order a new set of beach access stairs for Nauset Light Beach at Cape Cod National Seashore. The staircase, which was replaced in 2013 after a winter storm, was taken out by the "Blizzard of '15," according to Seashore Superintendent George Price.

UPDATE: New Yorker Who Thought He Could Hike Across Trail Ridge Road In Rocky Mountain National Park Missing

A New York man who thought he could hike across Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park in the middle of winter was found Thursday and airlifted to a hospital.

Tennessee Group Moves To Conserve More Than 100 Acres Within Obed Wild And Scenic River

A non-profit group in Tennessee has acquired more than 100 acres within the border of Obed Wild and Scenic River with the intent to preserve them from development.

Rare Fox Spotted In Yosemite National Park

In a stroke of luck, a remote, motion-triggered camera in Yosemite National Park has captured a Sierra Nevada red fox out for a winter's day stroll in what is believed to be the first sighting of the rare carnivore in nearly a century.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Moves To Implement Higher Entrance, Campground Fees

It's going to cost a bit more to get into Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, and camping fees are going up as well.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Seeking "Memories" For Exhibits On St. Thomas Townsite

In 1856 Mormon settlers established the small town of St. Thomas, Nevada, at the confluence of the Muddy and Virgin Rivers. After the construction of Hoover Dam, the town was inundated by the rising waters of Lake Mead in 1938. Now a prolonged drought and lower lake levels have once again revealed the site of St. Thomas, and the staff at Lake Mead National Recreation Area is looking for help developing interpretive information about the former town.

Grand Teton National Park Crews Clean Up Spray-Paint Vandalism In Homestead Cabin

An historic homesteader's cabin at Grand Teton National Park that had been vandalized by someone armed with cans of spray paint has had the image removed, though more work needs to be done to restore the weathered patina nearly 100 years of exposure had created.

Time To Join Grand Teton National Park Rangers For A Snowshoe Stroll

Cross your fingers for clear skies over Grand Teton National Park this coming Saturday, for park rangers are planning to lead a moonlight stroll. Along with Saturday's planned outing, a Taggart Lake snowshoe walk is scheduled during the day on Saturday, February 7, as a part of Jackson Hole Winter Trails Day celebrations.

Birding In The National Parks: Rusty Blackbirds, Where Have You Gone?

We all know about the more charismatic of the endangered and threatened bird species. Trail closures in Acadia National Park and Big Bend National Park remind us that Peregrine Falcons nest on cliffs in parks across the country. Piping Plovers are diminutive shorebirds that bring outsized responses of both appreciation and consternation when their nesting causes beach closures in the national seashores along the Atlantic.

Shenandoah National Park Officials Tweak Proposal For Higher Entrance Fees

Are current entrance fees at Shenandoah National Park reasonable? Not if Shenandoah is to continue as a "world-class park," according to Superintendent Jim Northrup.

Montana Man Found Dead On Yellowstone National Park Ski Trail

A Montana man out for a cross-country ski in Yellowstone National Park apparently died of hypothermia, park officials said Monday.

Body Of Hiker Missing In Olympic National Park Found

The body of a Washington man who went missing in Olympic National Park just before Christmas has been found and recovered.

Part Of Inner Gorge Of Grand Canyon National Park To Become "Construction Zone" For Several Months

Hikers, and even river runners, could run into a construction zone on the floor of Grand Canyon National Park during the coming months as work is performed to replace a section of the Trans-Canyon Pipeline that brings water to the park.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways GMP Raises Questions Of Political Pressures

A much-awaited General Management Plan for Ozark National Scenic Riverways, one that in its draft stages drew calls for the park to be given to the state of Missouri, reflects political pressures, not the best environmental protections for the Riverways, according to one observer.

Assateague Island National Seashore Turning 50 This Year

Add Assateague Island National Seashore to your list of birthday cards to send out. The seashore, which sprawls across parts of Maryland and Virginia, turns 50 in September.