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The latest news from around the National Park System.
A small group of congressmen is lobbying President Obama to put a little extra in his budget request for the National Park Service so more parks can be "wired" for cellphone and WiFi.congress-broadband_park_coverage.pdf
A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for February 5 to consider a request to halt bison culling operations at Yellowstone National Park unless the National Park Service agrees to let a journalist and a wildlife advocate watch those operations.
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Consider it a birthday present to the National Park Service: $48 million to be doled out across the National Park System on projects ranging from improving trail systems and park facilities to bringing youth into the parks.
When the National Park Service wanted to expand its social media impact, this is not what it had in mind: A chief ranger at Canaveral National Seashore used his Facebook account to malign a former park employee, according to the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General.
For the second year in a row the National Park System attracted a record number of visitations in 2015, with more than 306 million visitors counted, according to unofficial numbers released by the National Park Service.
Winter storms have once again transformed Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah into a snowy wonderland. Winter recreationists are enjoying the snow, and a number of activities have been scheduled through the winter season.
Another winter storm, another damaged staircase that leads you down to Nauset Light Beach at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts. If you're keeping track, this is the fourth year in a row that the stairs were destroyed by a winter storm, according to Superintendent George Price.
When last we left the trademark tussle at Yosemite National Park, the federal government had responded to Delaware North Co.'s claim for more than $10 million for not being compensated for trademarks it holds to names of iconic lodges in the park and other intangible property. Now Delaware North has fired back with an amended claim, alleging that the National Park Service low-balled the value of its property at Yosemite and changed the lodge names in a bid to "drive down the value" of its trademarks.dnc_amended_yosemite_claim.pdf
An investigation is ongoing to track down whoever hacked up nine saguaro cacti in Saguaro National Park, including two that were estimated to be at least 150 years old.
As the National Mall digs out from last week's historic snowstorm, National Park Service crews are moving 8.25 million cubic feet of snow from the memorials, roads, parking lots and sidewalks, which is enough to fill the Washington Monument 18.4 times. And the weight of that snow is 1.6 times heavier than the entire Lincoln Memorial.
A lawsuit has been filed against the National Park Service by the Animal Legal Defense Fund on behalf of a journalist who wants to gain access to bison trapping operations at Yellowstone National Park.
It’s a safe bet that not too many travelers reading this post have visited Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park. It’s Canada’s largest park and one of the largest national parks in the world at nearly five times the area of Yellowstone, but to say it’s a thirty-hour drive northeast of Seattle is an understatement of its remoteness.
In a move that hopefully will be duplicated across the National Park System, a poet laureate has been named for Acadia National Park. The appointment, possibly the first in the National Park System, is not only a great way to mark Acadia's centennial this year, but a perfect fit for a national park, where the scenery pulls at the hearts of so many and is a source of inspiration.
Cleaning up after the historic snowstorm that dumped more than two feet of snow on parts of the Mid-Atlantic states was expected to keep a handful of National Park System units closed on Tuesday.
In taking three years to craft their blueprint for how public lands should be managed across a large portion of Utah, U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz have produced a smoke-and-mirrors view of conservation, one that uses the right language but disguises their true goals in obfuscation and fine print.
Ray and Barbara Bane went to Alaska on a lark, a whim to spend a year teaching school in the bush. They stayed for a lifetime.
With the winter months the high season for visitation at Saguaro National Park, you won't have to search long to find something to do in the park in February.
The vast, clear sky at Big Bend National Park is the perfect setting for stargazing, star photography, and the Dark Sky Dinner hosted by the Big Bend Conservancy. Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson was lucky enough to have a seat at the dinner table, returning with a report of the dinner as well as some tips for your own national park dark sky photography.