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Progress on Protecting Wyoming's "Path of the Pronghorn" Underscores Broader Issues

The annual migration of pronghorn from the vicinity of Grand Teton National Park south to winter range in the Red Desert has been dubbed the "Path of the Pronghorn," but the vital lifeline has been at increasing risk from oil and gas and other development. Recent efforts to protect key parts of that route are paying off, and they underscore broader issues in the West.

Traveler's Gear Box: Something To Hold Your Favorite Bevvie...

There are times when you don't need a hydration system for a walk in the (national) park, or when you're looking to pack a beverage other than water on your day hike or longer adventure. One option I recently came across offers a great solution: clean lines, food-grade materials, durability, and great insulation.

Elk, Deer Most Likely Wildlife Involved in Vehicle Collisions in Grand Teton National Park

Each year nearly 100 animals, ranging from elk and deer to bison and wolves, are killed in vehicle collisions in Grand Teton National Park. Park officials keep tally of the grisly count to seek ways to make roads that run through the scenic park safer -- for both motorists and wildlife.

Updated: British Columbia Officials Say "No" To Mining in Canadian Flathead North Of Glacier National Park

On the eve of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the lieutenant governor of British Columbia has announced that the province will not allow mining in the Canadian Flathead just north of Glacier National Park and due west of Waterton Lakes National Park.

Reader Participation Day, Valentine's Edition: For That Romantic National Park Getaway, Lodge or Tent?

With Valentine's Day this Sunday, it seems only appropriate that this week's question revolve around romance. So tell us, would your beau/significant other prefer a national park getaway spent in a lodge, or in a tent?

Experts Piece Together A Jigsaw Puzzle of Broken Gypsum at Mammoth Cave National Park

Piecing together a Jigsaw puzzle is challenging even when you have a picture to guide you. Imagine the challenge Jim Werker and Val Hildreth-Werker faced when they were confronted by 600 pounds of fragile gypsum pieces that they were tasked with putting back in place in a passageway in Mammoth Cave National Park's Crystal Cave.

The Dark Side of National Park Visits

When you're planning a visit to a national park, don't overlook the dark side. No, we aren't suggesting you join forces with Darth Vader, but many parks offer a great opportunity to enjoy a view that's unfortunately becoming increasingly rare—the night sky. An upcoming nationwide event and several other opportunities can help you protect and enjoy the beauty of the night.

Dinosaur National Monument Crews Recognized For Removing Ruins From Recommended Wilderness

Not all proposed wilderness areas are always pristine. Some have waning vestiges of an early day. In Dinosaur National Monument, for instance, there long have been some falling down structures in an area along the Green River that has been recommended for wilderness designation. It took a while, but crews from the monument were able to remove all the facilities from the setting.

1,000-Mile Yukon Quest Dogsled Race Under Way in Alaska

In one of the "Iron man," or perhaps "Iron dog," events of sled-dog racing, the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest race is under way, with 24 teams mushing from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Whitehorse in the Canadian Yukon. The trail follows historic Gold Rush and Mail Delivery routes from the turn of the 20th Century, and passes through part of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

With Some Quick Flourishes Of the Pen, Great Smoky Mountains National Park's "Road to Nowhere" Saga Ends

It promised to be the biggest event in Western North Carolina in 67 years – bigger certainly than when Eric Rudolph was caught dumpster diving in Murphy. The North Shore Road controversy in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was over. Swain County was going to get its $52 million over 10 years -- an amount calculated as the present value of the road that was flooded in 1943 to create Fontana Lake and Fontana Dam.

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