We've had this discussion before. There are many, many places across the United States that are not, but should be, part of the National Park System. Places like the North Woods of Maine. The area surrounding Blackwater Falls in West Virginia. Sections of the San Rafael Swell in Utah. Now there's an independent group working to see such places added to the system.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
The long wait is nearly over. Beginning next year, people with the guts to do it will be able to walk across the New River Gorge on a 30 inch-wide, 3,030 foot-long maintenance catwalk beneath the canyon’s world-famous bridge.
It's no secret the National Park Service lacks the budget it needs to properly take care of the 391 units of the National Park System. Thankfully, there are groups such as Friends of Big Bend to help meet some of the needs, such as improved lighting to help minimize light pollution at Big Bend National Park.
Enticing Americans back into the national parks has been a big priority this year for national park advocates. This commercial, produced for the National Park Foundation, was praised for its approach.
Not many of us are old enough to have attended the 1933 World's Fair. But if you head to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore next weekend, you'll be able to go back in time.
While many businesses do annual planning meetings to move their vision forward, national parks typically operate under General Management Plans that remain in effect for ten, 20, or more years. Which makes it particularly important for park goers to both follow this process and provide input. If you frequent Gateway National Recreation Area in the greater New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, now is your chance to weigh in.
With winter not too far off, the marker buoys will soon be coming down at Voyageurs National Park. And that means if you're hunting in the area, you better know where the park is.
You can add Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the growing list of parks that are offering stargazing programs thanks to the generally dark skies overhead.
There's still plenty of time to visit the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Officials say vehicle access to the North Rim will be possible until the end of November...or heavy snowfall.
A recent federal ruling on drilling noise in a national wildlife refuge near Great Sand Dunes National Park suggests that the courts may be leaning toward more rigorous protection for natural sound in federal recreation lands.
If the Everglades could talk, one answer to "how do you spell relief?" would be "water." After years of wrangling, a contract has been awarded to replace a one-mile section of the highway known as the Tamiami Trail with a bridge. The work will allow badly needed water to begin flowing again to part of Everglades National Park.
Clash of Viewpoints on Public Land Ownership and Protection Arrives in Congress in the Form of Red Rock Wilderness Legislation
Contrasting views on how public lands should be managed and enjoyed collided in a congressional committee hearing Thursday as distinct lines were drawn over whether more than 9 million acres of red-rock landscape in Utah's outback should be protected as official wilderness or left open for off-road vehicles, mountain bikes, and energy development.
Another report on climate change and its impacts on national parks arrived Thursday, with a list of 25 parks most at risk. While it offered no real new recommendations beyond those that have been called for by previous reports, its authors voiced optimism that corporate America is becoming more concerned about climate change and would become a force in addressing the problem and its impacts.
Even sea turtles need a hand from time to time. At Biscayne National Park, the work of students and park staff resulted in mixed results from turtles that came ashore in the park to lay eggs this year.
Eight Years After 9-11, National Park Service Lacks Adequate Security Approach, According to GAO Report
Despite years' old concerns that terrorists might strike at iconic units of the National Park System, the National Park Service's approach to security is haphazard, inefficient, and ineffective, according to a Government Accountablity Office report.
Legislation scheduled to be taken up Thursday by a U.S. House subcommittee wouldn't create any national parks if passed, but it would go a long way toward providing some serious buffer zones around four national park units in Utah through the creation of officially designated wilderness.
When talk turns to officially designated wilderness, how much of the conversation swings on eastern parks such as Shenandoah National Park?
As the weather cools and available daylight decreases, many wild animals become restless. They know winter is on the way and they could face months of freezing temperatures and food shortages.
National Park Service, Advocacy Groups Reach Settlement Over Merced Wild and Scenic River Litigation in Yosemite National Park
After years of at-times acrimonious ligation, a settlement was announced Wednesday between the National Park Service and advocacy groups over development in the Yosemite Valley and how it might impact the Merced River, a wild and scenic stream. It's an agreement that could substantially redefine the human impact on one of the most scenic valleys in the world.YOSE-Merced_Settlement.pdf
A burst of wintry weather Wednesday greatly dampened the Arnica Fire in Yellowstone National Park, where fire crews were demobilizing while others worked to reopen a section of the Grand Loop Road that had been closed by the fire.