As Canadians today celebrate the country’s annual Parks Day, a watchdog group is questioning whether conservation, the mandated “first priority” of the Parks Canada Agency, has taken a back seat to increased visitation and revenue generation.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
The Chicken Strip, a remote backcountry airstrip in Death Valley National Park, is temporarily closed due to washouts in the runway.
In its rush Thursday to take the rest of the summer off, Congress left behind a pile of unfinished work, some of which reaches into the National Park System. There's the Interior appropriations bill, which would roll back some environmental protections, and a controversial Public Lands Initiative for Utah that quickly drew fire. And then there's the draft platform for the Republican Convention, which holds freight aimed at fleecing federal lands and tying presidents' hands.
In the days of Fort Yellowstone (1886-1918), drinking was not permitted on any military grounds. Violation of this rule could result in fines or imprisonment, though not for more than a year. Additionally, if a soldier was found drunk at his post, he could have been punished by depriving him of passes to visit Gardiner, the nearest town, for a month. As a result of these rules, records and stories seem to indicate that many army soldiers would make the walk from Fort Yellowstone, located at Mammoth Hot Springs, to Gardiner for a drink and some company.
Too few dollars and too many needs at Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri means it will be some time before Big Spring Lodge and Cabins fully reopens for guests, according to the National Park Service.
A wildfire ignited on Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim by a lightning strike in late June continues to grow, and at more than 3,000 acres has forced the closure of the Point Imperial Road and a number of trails on the rim.
Nearly four decades have passed since Congress directed the National Park Service to establish visitor carrying capacities for the National Park System, yet few parks have done so, according to a review by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
Despite increasing fire danger in the West, some visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park are turning a blind eye to the danger and lighting illegal campfires, according to park officials.
Before preparing a plan for managing the population of non-native mountain goats in Olympic National Park, wildlife biologists will conduct a population census in the park and adjacent areas of Olympic National Forest in Washington.
A lightning-caused wildlife has forced the closure of the Point Imperial Road on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The developed area of the North Rim, including Grand Canyon Lodge, remains open, the park said in a release.
Anyone who has heard Terry Tempest Williams speak or who has read her writing knows how personal her approach is to her subject, thus the “personal topography” of the subtitle of this book. Visits to 12 units of the National Park System, including seven national parks, two national monuments, a national military park, national seashore, and national recreation area, provide grist for her exploration of this topography and a sampling of different elements of the system.
Rangers at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon seized more than 234 pounds of illegally harvested morel mushrooms during the Fourth of July weekend, the park announced Monday.
Proper preparation often makes the difference between merely seeing some good birds and coming home with a trip list bursting at the seams and a few lifers to boot. It’s easy to enjoy a birding trip without studying your field guides and knowing your geography, but to many birders the prep is half the fun.
Students participating in the national fourth-grade “Every Kid in a Park” campaign are running out of summer days to use their vouchers for free admittance to national lands. To encourage fourth-graders to use their passes in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Estes Park Visitor Center is giving each fourth-grade student a free Estes Park backpack filled with goodies that can be used while visiting the area.
Glacier National Park is seeing month after month of record visitation during this, the National Park Service's centennial year.
It is no secret to anyone that the demographics of the United States are changing. In order for the national parks to remain relevant they need to represent the history and culture of all Americans and they need to attract Americans of every cultural background.
My son and I had a chance to try out this new cook kit from GSI Outdoors earlier this year as we headed to Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase National Monument in southern Utah.
With summer visitation building in Olympic National Park in Washington, officials are reminding visitors to keep their distance from mountain goats in particular and wildlife in general.
The annual cleanup is coming to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but based on past years' findings it might better be described as a scavenger hunt.
Friends Of Acadia Launches $25 Million Campaign To Address Acadia National Park's "Most Urgent Challenges"
Recalling the conservation and philanthropy that launched Acadia National Park a century ago, Friends of Acadia has marked the park's 100th birthday with a campaign to raise $25 million to tackle the park's "most urgent challenges ... and ensure that Acadia will thrive for many years to come."