As wondrous as the National Park System is, it holds wild and rugged settings that, frankly, can kill you if you're not prepared. That point is clearly driven home in The Kolob Tragedy: The Lost Tale Of A Canyoneering Calamity, which recounts the missteps of a fatal trip through the backcountry of Zion National Park in Utah.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
On February 3, Fire Island National Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller and Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society President Bob LaRosa signed a new five-year partnership agreement. The agreement renews the Society's commitment to work collaboratively with the National Park Service to provide public programming and assist with preservation efforts at the lighthouse.
National Parks Conservation Association officials say a water permit for an oil refinery proposed to be built near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota seeks four times as much water as the company's initial proposal.
National Park Service Completes Planning For Rehabbing Arlington Memorial Bridge, Needs $100 Million+ To Do The Work
Planning for rehabilitation of the crumbling Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., has been completed by the National Park Service, though the agency is far short of the $250 million estimated to pay for the work.
Despite being one of the snowiest winters in recent years, someone headed into Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and broke into a locked building to steal thousands of rounds of ammunition, according to the National Park Service.
Those hoof beats audible in Banff National Park in Canada are from bison, a charismatic animal that long has been missing from the park's ecosystem.
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is developing an environmental assessment to address wildlife hazard mitigation and greater sage-grouse habitat restoration in and around the Jackson Hole Airport in the park. Public comments regarding the document are encouraged and requested by March 8.
The Pu‘u Pua‘i overlook at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is temporarily closed to protect breeding nēnē (endangered Hawaiian geese) in the area.
From the bustling streets of Manhattan to the quiet wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the National Park Service preserves many pivotal, but lesser known, sites related to the African American experience. These places are among the dozens of national parks that convey stories of soldiers, educators, musicians, entrepreneurs, and freed slaves who blazed trails for all to follow.
There's nothing like a good book or two to help you prepare for a national park visit, whether you're looking for some historical background, a trail or two to hike, or interested in the natural resources or local culture. With that in mind, here are a few titles you might consider in preparation of a visit to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
Public comments on a proposal for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to put up for auction oil and gas leases near Zion National Park will be accepted for an additional month, through March 9, at the request of the National Park Service and other interested parties.
How many states will enter the bidding war for an outdoor industry convention that brings in an estimated $40-$45 million a year in economic impacts? And will Utah politicians, who have angered the industry with its anti-public lands positions, change their tone to protect that impact generated by the twice-yearly Outdoor Retailer Show that fills hotels and restaurants from Salt Lake City and the rest of the Wasatch Front up to Park City?
Heavy winter snows have dangerously loaded the southern flanks of Glacier National Park, prompting the National Park Service to permit BNSF Railway to use explosives in the park to systematically trigger avalanches and reduce the risk that a slide would hit a passing freight or passenger train.
Motorcyclists riding into Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks now must each pay $25, up $5 from last year. The change completes the rollout of entrance fee increases at the California parks that began in 2015. No other fees were changed this year.
Tropical Botanic Artists, a collective of South Florida botanical illustrators, created an exhibit highlighting some of the many interactions between species in Biscayne National Park. Encounters: Friend or Foe? will be on display in the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center gallery from March 10 through May 14, 2017. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and a full moonrise reception featuring a talk by the artists will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. Admission to the show and the reception is free.
This month, scientists plan to begin their research and preservation of the mammoth skull that was excavated in September on Santa Rosa Island within Channel Islands National Park. They will remove the protective plaster cast and unveil this very well-preserved mammoth skull on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
An Arizona congressman trying to block the National Park Service's authority to regulate oil and gas drilling operations in the National Park System says the agency's regulations would be "job-killing," and that "extremist groups" are maligning his intentions.
The mood was celebratory when members of the Acadia Centennial Task Force, Acadia National Park officials, staff and board members of Friends of Acadia, and staff of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust gathered to dedicate a time capsule intended to be opened in conjunction with Acadia’s bicentennial year in 2116.
While the National Park Service has received guidance on hiring seasonal workers for the coming year, the continued hold on permanent hiring is leaving some parks without key positions.
Thoughts about landing a job with the National Park Service might often revolve around being an interpretive ranger or law-enforcement ranger, but there are a lot more careers to be had with the agency.