With the National Park Service's centennial 13 months off, the ranks of rangers patroling the parks and providing interpretive programs are on the decline, according to Park Service numbers provided to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
An Environmental Assessment for flood mitigation work on the Herman Leirer Road (formerly known as the Exit Glacier Road) at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska is now available for public review and comment. The comment period closes August 17.
Crater Road (Rt. 378) and Haleakalā National Park's summit road will close temporarily to visitor traffic while a slow moving convoy transports extremely wide loads to the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope near the volcano's summit.
Shenandoah National Park staff have confirmed additional infestations of emerald ash borers in the park. Adult EAB beetles were caught in surveillance traps near Mathews Arm Campground, Gravel Springs Hut, Pinnacles Picnic Area, Big Meadows Picnic Area, and South River Picnic Area.
Nearly 600 firefighters were battling the Reynolds Creek Fire in Glacier National Park on Sunday, with some progress being made. However, the Going-to-the-Sun Road on the eastern side of the park remained closed, as did some visitor facilities.
If you were given 500,000 acres from which to design a national park, how would you do it, where would you start? Would you see your role as protector of this unique ecosystem, or developer?
Making fall plans to visit Olympic National Park in Washington state? Be forewarned that the Elwha Valley’s Olympic Hot Springs Road will close at the park's boundary for about one month beginning September 8.
A search continued Saturday along the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park for a 21-year-old concession worker who was washed downstream while swimming with friends near the river's confluence with Hellroaring Creek.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has granted a 10-year contract to National and State Park Concessions Riding Stables, Inc. to operate the horse riding stables in Cades Cove. The current contract for these services is already held by NSPC, but is set to expire at year's end.
Gusting winds are challenging more than 300 firefighters as they try to get a hand on a wildfire in Glacier National Park that has closed roughly half of the Going-to-the-Sun Road and forced evacuations of a lodge and campground on the eastern side of the park.
Today's National Park Service lacks business savvy, from trying to micro-manage businesses in the parks to being slow to respond to visitor desires and services, a Congressional subcommittee was told by business leaders whose companies operate in the National Park System.
A section of the Grand Loop Road in Yellowstone National Park will be closed at night beginning Monday. The 5.4-mile closure is part of a multi-year road improvement project on the 16-mile stretch of road between Norris Geyser Basin and the Golden Gate area in Swan Lake Flats just south of Mammoth Hot Springs. This year marks the final phase of the project
Will the National Park Service soon be pushing for more wilderness designations? That's difficult to say, in large part because only Congress can designate wilderness. Still, there's an effort under way by the Park Servie to take a look at wilderness possibilities across the park system.
Light rain showers failed to slow the progress of a wildfire in Glacier National Park that has consumed a visitor's vehicle and an historic backcountry patrol cabin and shut down roughly half of the Going-to-the-Sun Road as it expanded to roughly 4,000 acres.
Wondering where the best lodges in the National Park System are? Or the worst? Got a question about hiking in the national parks, or photography, or family fun?
While there are a handful of cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park that you can tour, there are more than 600 dwellings in all in the park. Here's a tip on how to visit some of those off the beaten path.
A fifth person has been gored by a bison this summer at Yellowstone National Park while posing for a picture.
Firefighters at Glacier National Park trying to knock down a 2,000-acre wildfire that has closed roughly half of the popular Going-to-the-Sun Road faced the prospect Wednesday of high winds, low humidity, and warm temperatures that could lead to "explosive fire growth."
How can concessions agreements with the National Park Service be improved? What sort of innovations should the Park Service consider for the next 100 years? Those topics will be dissected by two House of Representatives subcommittees this week.
Asphalt does not stand in the way of thermal features at Yellowstone National Park. That's evident at Upper Terrace Drive, where the appearance of a thermal feature has led crews to use Jersey barriers to keep traffic and pedestrians from impacting it.