As a recent court case illustrates, people convicted of poaching animals in national parks face stiff penalties. Two North Carolina men who pleaded guilty to killing a bear on the Blue Ridge Parkway were given prison time to reflect on the error of their ways.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally a big day for shopping, so it may come as a surprise that's it's also the busiest day of the year for at least one NPS area. If you plan to visit the Gateway Arch in St. Louis this coming weekend, here's some information on extended hours and how to purchase advance tickets.
If you thought round gobies and zebra mussels were scary invaders of the Great Lakes, brace yourself for the arrival of Asian carp, a voracious fish that could decimate the lakes' native fisheries.
Grammy-award winner Sheryl Crow is among the artists who will help kick off the holiday season when the National Christmas Tree is lit on December 3.
They're not particularly glamorous, but the renovations under way to the visitor center at Wind Cave National Park will provide utility efficiencies, enhance fire protection, and protect the park's museum collections with better climate control.
Grand Canyon National Park long has run its backpacking permit operation with a four-month lead time. In other words, you could walk into the backcountry office on February 1 and ask for a permit for a date in June and receive it. Well, the rules are changing friends.
For some people, Thanksgiving means a full belly and an afternoon on the couch watching football. For me, Thanksgiving means a full belly and a hike in the fresh autumn air of a national park.
A deer hunter who survived four days in the snake- and alligator-infested sloughs of Big Cypress National Preserve by drinking swamp water and eating a catfish was found in relatively good condition Friday, officials said.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks officials want to remove non-native trout from some lakes that naturally were fishless in a bid to save a yellow-legged frog. Now a group says trout should be removed from all lakes in the two parks that originally were fishless.
As they say, a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Proof can be found in this slide show that captures the power of Tropical Storm Ida at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The coastal storm dubbed Ida may have been a late bloomer, but the November storm left a mess at several parks from the Gulf Coast to the mid-Atlantic. Here's an update on the status of two parks: Gulf Islands National Seashore and Assateague Island National Seashore.
A rare shot of Great Smoky Mountains National Park taken by Ansel Adams shortly after World War II has been acquired by a Knoxville, Tennessee, museum.
Tower-Roosevelt might be viewed as one of the sleepier areas of Yellowstone National Park, but it's one rich in beauty and history and, since the late 1990s, has become somewhat of a magnet for wildlife viewers anxious to spot wolves. In developing a vision for the area, park officials are trying to contain development, although some argue they are not entirely succeeding.YELL-Tower-Roosevelt_Comprehensive_Plan_EA.pdf
A long-desired parcel of land finally has become part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area thanks to a willing seller anxious to see the land preserved in its natural state and the intervention of The Nature Conservancy.
Funding Will Help Repair Historic Gun Batteries at Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook Unit
Congress has provided $800,000 for the National Park Service to have repairs and restoration done to the historic gun batteries in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, according to U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone.
Searchers headed out for a third day Thursday morning to look for a 30-year-old hunter who walked away from his camp Monday in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida.
Late fall is a great time for outdoor activities at Saguaro National Park near Tucson, and if you're in that area and want to work off some Thanksgiving dinner calories, the park is offering some special sunset and moonlight hikes and programs in late November and early December.
An intensive search is under way in Big Cypress National Preserve for a hunter who walked away from his camp and hasn't been seen since.
This Time, the SPOT Alert Was Real, Leading Grand Canyon National Park Rangers to Man With Broken Leg
This time the signal from SPOT really was sent seeking aid with a medical emergency, alerting Grand Canyon National Park rangers to a man with a fractured leg deep in the canyon.
Congress is being urged to take one of the longest-operating cattle ranches in the Virgin Islands and add it to the National Park System as a national historic site.