When the Bush administration late in 2008 tried to auction energy leases near national parks in Utah, there was an outcry by many who considered siting oil and gas exploration projects next to parks was anathema. The Obama administration quickly reversed the decision, but the debate over whether to locate energy projects next to parks continues.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
Not so many decades ago, the beaver population in North America was in decline, thanks largely to the fur trade. Beaver numbers are on the rebound, and the animals can be found in a number of national parks. Do you know which park can claim it's home to the world's largest beaver dam?
The written word is a marvelous thing, so much more so when it's used to describe a place. In the early part of the 21st century, those employed by the Government Printing Office had a stylish way to describe national parks. Perhaps not as eloquent as some of today's finer writers, but stylish just the same.
How visitor-friendly is the Old Faithful area at Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service is asking that question as it moves forward to develop a long-range plan to the area that has risen up around the iconic geyser.
You're not normally allowed to take plants out of a national park, but come this Saturday you'll be able to walk away from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area with some of the natives. But it's for a good cause.
One of the classic river trips in the Southwest is riding the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon with the sandstone walls of Canyonlands National Park rising overhead. You can sign up to run that stretch this summer, and save $200 per person, but you have to act fast.
A 26-year-old Michigan man was found dead in a lean-to along the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to park officials.
During the late April to early July climbing season on Mt. McKinley, more than 1,100 climbers from all over the world will be testing themselves against a windy, cold, and snowy 20,000-footer that rates as one of the world's most challenging climbs.
Another chapter -- and that's it, a chapter, not the end of the book -- in the at times bitter struggle over how to manage off-road vehicles in Cape Hatteras National Seashore comes to an end Tuesday when seashore officials close the comment period on their draft management plan.
National Park Service officials are warning that oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico could come ashore on some parts of Gulf Islands National Seashore this weekend.Public Flyer-Marine Wildlife Response Action Plan-FINAL-050410.pdf
While spring in the 49th state does tend to lag a bit behind the season in the other states, it is beginning to take root in Alaska, and Denali National Park and Preserve is working on opening its facilities for the summer season.
Let's see, Great Smoky Mountains? Check. Zion National Park? Check. Sequoia National Park? Check. Grand Teton National Park? Check. Yellowstone National Park? Check. Glacier National Park? Yep, it too will feature some traffic snarls due to road construction along the Going-to-the-Sun Road this spring and summer.
A long-time volunteer at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area who devised a wildflower identification database for the NRA is being honored as the National Park Service's national "Outstanding Volunteer."
Since we're taking a look today at champion trees as recognized by the American Forests, it seems appropriate that we toss a bit more national park tree trivia your way. According to the folks at Yosemite National Park, the oldest known lodgepole pine in the United States is located just a bit east of Tuolumne.
After a two-year hiatus, seaplane service to Dry Tortugas National Park is set to return Monday, according to park officials.
In one of the more controversial rites of spring across the National Park System, Yellowstone National Park bison are being hazed on the ground and from the air out of the Montana countryside.
How would you determine if a tree qualifies as a "national champion"? The National Register of Big Trees has the answers, and the 70th anniversary edition of that list just been released in a new online format. Sites in the National Park System are well-represented, including the home of "the earth's largest living thing."
Obama Administration Indefinitely Postpones Scoping of Off-shore Oil Lease Proposal for Coastal Virginia
Obama administration officials are indefinitely postponing public scoping on an off-shore oil and gas lease proposal for an area of coastal Virginia, a move that drew quick applause in some circles.Cancel Atlantic EIS Lease Sale Notice.pdf
It's been a tough week for the oil and gas industry, one which has held plenty of anxious moments for several NPS areas located in the vicinity of recent accidents. The latest involved an explosion at a refinery near San Antonio Missions National Historic Park; two of the historic structures were closed temporarily and precautionary measures were taken for possible contamination of important waterways.