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National Park Service Starting Process To Establish Valles Caldera National Preserve

It won't happen overnight, but the National Park Service is starting the process to integrate Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico into the National Park System.

Do Coastal Brown Bears At Katmai National Park Have A Taste For Clams?

Coastal brown bears can get to be huge animals. With their hankering for salmon, they certainly get a lot of protein to help bulk up. But what about shellfish? Do the bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska relish clams, whether on the half shell or not?

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Looking For Seasonal Employee Housing

Spending the summer months as a seasonal ranger at a national park can be a great experience. Finding housing, well, that's not always so great.

Smoke From Fire Impacts Major Art Collection At Independence National Historical Park

Anyone who has worked in an emergency response job knows that false alarms from fire and security systems are a fact of life, but on Tuesday morning last week, a smoke alarm from a building at Independence National Historical Park proved to be the real deal. Prompt response by firefighters prevented major damage to the historic Second Bank building, but an important collection of artwork received serious smoke impacts.

Comment Period Open For Coral Bay Development Near Virgin Islands National Park

Public comment is being taken by the Army Corps of Engineers on a proposed marina on Coral Bay in the Virgin Islands that could impact Virgin Islands National Park. If the marina is built, according to opponents, it would become one of the largest in the Caribbean and located in "one of the most environmentally sensitive areas of St John."

Can Wolves Alter Rivers In Yellowstone National Park?

While it's certain that wolves are impacting other wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, are the predators also impacting rivers in the park? The folks at Sustainable Man think so, and created the following video to explain their thinking.

Give A Welcome To Traveler's Recent Subscribers

Here at the Traveler we'd like to take a minute to recognize readers who subscribed during the past six months. Each and everty subscription helps us meet the bills incurred with producing 365-day-a-year coverage of the National Park System.

Winter Hasn't Been Cold At Kenai Fjords National Park And Preserve In Alaska

Things are warming up in Alaska, and that's not a good thing. At Kenai Fjords National Park, the average monthly temperature in December was nearly 6 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, the same departure noticed in November. Just one day in December saw temperatures dip below freezing, as measured at the Seward airport.
Facing Extinction: The world Is there a living Ivory-billed Woodpecker anywhere? There hasn't been a well-documented sighting since 1987, yet it still hasn't officially been declared extinct, giving hope to countless birders that they might yet spot this large, striking bird.

Desert Lands In Three California Parks Being Protected Through Partnership Efforts

Many national parks include inholdings, privately-owned property which poses a potential threat for development that would be detrimental to surrounding park lands. Unfortunately, Congress often fails to appropriate funds in a timely fashion to purchase these inholdings, even if an owner wants to sell to the NPS. In the case of three California desert parks, a non-profit partner is helping to fill this gap.

Some Costa Rican Politicians Want To Tap Energy Within National Parks

What would you think if the state of Washington cast its eyes on the volcanic furnace room of Mount Rainier National Park to help supply its energy? Or if Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho's lawmakers decided they should tap Yellowstone National Park's geothermal hot spot to generate power?

National Parks Will Be Focus Of 2016 Rose Bowl Parade

The rumors are true. Not only has the National Park Service been eyeing the Rose Bowl Parade as a way to help celebrate its centennial next year, but the agency has persuaded the Tournament of Roses Parade to make "Find Your Adventure" the theme of next year's parade.

Traveler's Gear Box: MSR's Revo Trail Snowshoes

The many snowshoe companies on the market, with so many models of shoes, give you plenty of options to consider when you are looking for a good pair.

How Do You Think The National Park Service Should Celebrate Its Centennial?

How do you think the National Park Service should celebate its centennial? That's a question the staff at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota is asking.

Bison Removal In Yellowstone National Park Draws Protests

Plans by Yellowstone National Park officials to remove roughly 1,000 bison from the park's herds are drawing criticisms and protests from groups that say the slaughter is unnecessary.

Bicycle Rentals Could Be Coming To Mesa Verde National Park

Bicycle rentals might soon be available at Mesa Verde National Park, where officials are seeking a company to rent bikes, strollers, and wheelchairs on Wetherill Mesa.

National Monuments In Arizona Offering Second Pricing Option For Consideration

Public concern over higher entrance fees at three national monuments in Arizona have led National Park Service officials to revisit the issue and come up with another pricing option.

Groups File Intent To Sue Over Grizzly Bear Deaths In Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Approved "takings" of grizzly bears in part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem threaten to undercut recovery of the species, according to groups that plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the matter.

Looking Back At The Rim Fire In Yosemite National Park (Video)

The 2013 Rim Fire was the largest forest fire in California history, and the largest fire in Yosemite history. Burning 400 square miles, the speed and size of the fire was unprecedented. As these unnaturally large fires become more commonplace due to previous fire suppression and climate change, Yosemite National Park is seeing the benefits of carefully allowing smaller, controlled fires on the landscape.

More Charging Stations Popping Up In National Park System For Electric Vehicles

Electric charging stations are beginning to sprout up around the National Park System, making it a bit easier for visitors with electric vehicles to recharge while enjoying the parks.