While National Park Service regulations prohibit fully automatic weapons and "flash-bang" devices in the park system, a supervisory ranger at Mojave National Preserve in California purchased nine of the rifles and distributed them to law enforcement rangers at the preserve, according to an investigation.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
At the height of the Cold War the nuclear missiles in South Dakota and five other states presented a paradox; while Soviet satellites had pinpointed their locations, American citizens were scarcely aware of the arsenal in their midst. Thirty years ago, concerned peace groups undertook the task of mapping the missile fields with the intention of sparking debate about the weapons stored there.
Two air tour contracts have been signed for overflights of Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, and they outline exactly where the flights can go, at what altitude, the types of aircraft, and the number of flights per year.
In the process of investigating charges of sexual harassment at Grand Canyon National Park, authorities discovered that a park employee who resigned after "being disciplined for repeated acts of sexual harassment and misconduct during river trips" landed a job at the National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center in New Mexico.
Yosemite National Park officials, looking to avoid a costly trademark fight with DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, announced Thursday that it would change the names of iconic lodges in the park. The Ahwahnee Hotel, for instance, would be known going forward as the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.
For roughly 15 years life deep in the Inner Gorge of Grand Canyon National Park at times reflected rowdy, sexually charged scenes from a frat party for some National Park Service employees, with male employees pawing and propositioning female workers, some of who at times exhibited their own risqué behavior. Now, after an investigation spawned by a letter of complaint to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Park Service is determined to change the culture within its River District once and for all.
We're starting to see a lot of "100" themed activities across the National Park System this year in honor of the National Park Service's Centennial, and Florida's offering invites you to paddle 100 miles in the state's 11 national parks.
In a move seen as a way to both bolster the stocks of Yellowstone National Park bison and to support cultural practices of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes in northeastern Montana, park officials are proposing to use the Fort Peck Reservation for a bison quarantine program.
Work to improve off-road-vehicle access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina is continuing, with the opening of a four-mile-long "Inside Road" between Buxton and Frisco.
What untold national park stories would you like to see told in 2016? Not stories about the management side of the National Park System -- though they're important -- but rather stories about explorations, science, personalities behind the badges of park staff.
A series of informational open house sessions has been scheduled at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to update the public on the development of a Historic Properties Management Plan for the park. The sessions are scheduled for January 28-30.
Western politicians determined to transfer federal lands to the states are out of step with their constituents, who value conservation and see economic returns from national parks, national forests, and national monuments in their states, according to a survey released Monday.
I’ve talked at length about the best parks for birds and the parks where all the birders go. Everglades National Park usually tops that list. Big Bend and Acadia are also extremely popular birding parks. But which of the 59 national parks gets the least birding attention? That’s tough to quantify, but I’ve made an educated guess from perusing eBird data.
Managers of Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, already criticized by conservationists for their approach towards off-road vehicles, would increase the miles of ORV trails under all but one of the preliminary alternatives in the preserve's draft backcountry access management plan while holding non-motorized trails somewhat static. The one that doesn't increase ORV use would preserve the status quo.
Recent stories on National Parks Traveler, about Yellowstone bison, National Park Service management issues, and the concessions business, all touched on key issues across the National Park System, and also raised some points about how the Traveler functions.
A draft environmental impact statement on how to operate the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River for the next 20 years carries seven alternatives, none of which recommends the removal of the dam.
A new off-road vehicle ramp is being built at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which called for more vehicle beach access in its Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan.
The folks at Parks Canada are offering a great deal to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017: Your 2016 Discovery Pass will be good for 24 months.
Storms spawned by the El Nino weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean have prompted closures of some areas of Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California due to safety concerns.
Surprisingly quick work had Yosemite National Park officials saying the El Portal Road into the park would reopen Saturday night after being closed for two days by a rockslide.