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Those Dogs Could Hunt! But Not in Glacier National Park

In the case at hand, the dogs could hunt. They just didn't know they weren't supposed to go into Glacier National Park in their pursuit of mountain lions.

Yellowstone National Park: Poster Child For Goofy Gun Laws

For all, including Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, who thought the rules change concerning carrying concealed weapons in national parks would simplify life, Yellowstone National Park is proving the case of some of what's wrong with that rule change.

Echoes of the Cold War in the Tropical Warmth of Everglades National Park

Former missle base in Everglades NP.
For most people, the name Everglades National Park conjures up a variety of mental images: alligators, birds and other wildlife; tropical swamps and a "River of Grass." The Everglades may not immediately bring to mind a historical site from the Cold War, but that's the latest visitor attraction at the Florida park.

Second Round of National Park Service "Centennial Projects" Produces $27 Million Worth of Improvements

Rehabilitation projects, invasive species eradication and biodiversity research were among the $27 million worth of Centennial Initiative projects for the National Park System announced Tuesday by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and NPS Director Mary Bomar.
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Photography in the Parks: How To Solve Exposure Problems in Snowy Landscapes

Winter photography is a wonderful thing. I love putting on my macro lens and looking for frost and ice. The macro world of frost and snow really is quite amazing. That said, cold weather itself presents two very real challenges: fogging and battery life.

Commentary: What Would An Economic Stimulus Package for the National Parks Buy Us?

Mug House, Mesa Verde National Park, Kurt Repanshek photo.
Ever since the phrase "economic stimulus" was launched last year, there seems to have been more and more clamoring for these kinds of bailouts, or incentives, or infusions of capital, or whatever you want to call them. Conservation groups haven't been silent in this arena, either.

Yellowstone National Park's Wolf Population Down More than 25 Percent

Disease and infighting are being blamed for a drop of more than 25 percent in the wolf population of Yellowstone National Park.

Forget the Camp, Send Your Kid to Yellowstone National Park This Summer

Want to help your kids fight nature deficit disorder? If they're old enough, have them apply to the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps for a summer job this year.

University Researchers Suggest Solution To Yellowstone National Park's Bison Problem

It's been relatively quiet so far this winter on the front lines of the battle over Yellowstone National Park's bison and their migratory desires. While various groups continue to search for a long-standing solution to this dilemma, some researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, believe they have the most cost-effective answer.

Greening the Parks: APS Gives a Solar Boost to Grand Canyon’s South Rim Visitor Center

Thanks to APS, Arizona’s major power utility, solar panels will be supplying about 30% of the electrical power for the Grand Canyon’s South Rim Visitor Center by March. APS considers this a wide investment, since the project will show millions of park visitors that Arizona takes solar energy very seriously.

Colorado Man Dies While Snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park

A 55-year-old Colorado man out snowshoeing with his family Saturday in Rocky Mountain National Park collapsed and died on the Longs Peak Trail.

Deadly Threats You Never Heard of Lurk in Our National Parks

Some deadly diseases you’ve never heard of lurk in our national parks. It's extremely unlikely that you'll ever be infected, but the odds are not zero. And if you are among of the unfortunate few, may the Good Lord have mercy on you.

Park Rangers, Active and Retired, Lament Change in Gun Rules for National Parks

How will families with youngsters feel about attending interpretive programs in national parks when the person next to them might be armed? Will the National Park Service have to install metal detectors in parks to ensure gun owners don't enter buildings with their sidearms?

Muir Woods National Monument is More than Really Old, Really Big Trees

Muir Woods National Monument, which celebrates its 101st anniversary today, is swarmed by visitors who admire the giant redwoods but pay little heed to the ecosystem’s lesser publicized features. A profusion of life surrounds those big trees, interacts with them, and participates with them in the intricate processes of energy flow and matter recycling that sustain the ecosystem.

Judge Plans to Hear Arguments on Gun Rules for National Park

A federal judge is working on a schedule to hear arguments on the Bush administration's decision to allow national park visitors to carry concealed weapons. With no injunction in sight, that means park managers across the nation should be taking down their "no guns allowed" signs today.

One of Our Oldest National Parks was Also the First of Its Kind in the World

A western version of the Hatfields vs. the McCoys played a role in establishment of this site, which was the first cave in the world to be designated as a national park. It was also among the first NPS areas to use fire as a natural tool to maintain the landscape—but not inside the cave!

Here's a Cheat-sheet For Tracking Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Birthday Celebrations

If you're a fan of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then you know that it marks its 75th birthday in just a little more than six months. Did you also know all the special events the park is planning?

Fake USGS Site Urges Evacuation of Yellowstone National Park

It's big, it's bad, but it's not gonna blow. That's what the USGS is saying to counter a fake website that's calling for evacuation of Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas due to an impending eruption.

National Park System Would Gain Official Wilderness Under Omnibus Lands Bill

A massive lands bill introduced today by Senator Jeff Bingaman would, if passed by Congress and signed by the president, designate hundreds of thousands of acres of official wilderness across the National Park System.

NPCA, Park Retirees File Lawsuit to Halt Change in National Park Gun Rules

Another lawsuit has been filed in a bid to prevent a change in national park gun rules. Late Tuesday the National Parks Conservation Association and the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington. Back on December 30 the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence filed a similar lawsuit.