Last-minute passage by Congress of the National Park Service Centennial Act stands to have lasting benefits for the National Park System, and we can only hope that it's the first of much-needed legislation to bolster the health and infrastructure of the parks.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
One of the holiday season's most colorful displays involving national parks can be found in Washington, D.C., inside the U.S. Botanic Garden where 50 national parks and historic sites are featured amidst wreaths, garland, trees, and thousands of blooms from exotic orchids to a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties.
In a decision that quickly drew condemnation, officials at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California have settled on a plan to manage dogs that provides for both off-leash and on-leash areas in the sprawling recreation area.
Valley Forge National Historical Park will be hosting the March in of the Continental Army annual event on Monday, December 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Visitor Center complex area. This event commemorates the 239th anniversary of the December 19, 1777, “march in” of Gen. George Washington's Continental Army to Valley Forge and features the first opportunity to see the newly rehabilitated Fort John Moore/Redoubt. Candlelit ranger tours, fife and drum performances, and interpreters will share stories of the encampment. This is a special opportunity to experience Valley Forge at night.
Shortly before sunrise Saturday the U.S. Senate quickly and without debate passed the National Park Service Centennial Act, assuring the Park Service a relatively small, but helpful, infusion of dollars to help maintain the sprawling National Park System.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s 109-year-old steam-powered tugboat has been honored by the Steamship Historical Society of America for the history it holds.
A march on Washington to reject the divisive, insulting, and demonizing rhetoric of the presidential campaign could conflict with President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural events, though the National Park Service has not yet ruled out allowing the Gathering for Justice event to include the Lincoln Memorial.
A congresswoman from Washington state who in the past has supported legislation to sell off federal lands was expected to be nominated as Interior secretary for the incoming Trump administration, several media outlets and others reported Friday.
With the House of Representatives already recessed for the year, and the Senate needing to pass a Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government open after midnight Friday, the odds that the National Park Service Centennial Act with its additional funding for the parks would die in the Senate seemed to increase as the hours ticked by.
Searchers were hoping for good weather Friday that would allow them to go out onto Lake Clark to search for a plane with four aboard that apparently went down into the lake in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve shortly after takeoff from Port Alsworth, Alaska.
With walk-up backcountry permits tougher to come by as visitation has increased, North Cascades National Park recently announced that it will launch a pilot program in the spring to accept reservations for popular areas.
Death In Glacier National Park: Stories Of Accidents And Foolhardiness In The Crown Of The Continent
With visitation to the National Park System this centennial year at an all-time high, it’s no surprise I suppose that more and more people get in trouble, and some of those pay the ultimate price. Every year Glacier National Park in Montana lures hikers, anglers, employees, and climbers to the park’s high peaks, deep lakes, and raging rivers…and some to their own demise.
As Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, invites all Canadians to share their views on how Parks Canada should work to protect and present national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas for the next 50 years.
A dozen days after a fire storm swept out of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and across Gatlinburg, Tennessee, leading to 14 deaths and consuming more than 1,000 structures, the national park planned to reopen its western entrance to the public on Friday in conjunction with the reopening of Gatlinburg.
Nearly 50 years ago, astronauts from NASA visited Craters of the Moon National Monument to train for their trip to … well, the moon. Today, the rugged, volcanic landscape (some would call it “alien”) in Idaho still serves as a living laboratory for NASA and other scientists.
Two rare alpine insects – native to the northern Rocky Mountains and dependent on cold waters of glacier and snowmelt-fed alpine streams – are imperiled due to climate warming induced glacier and snow loss according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners.
A multi-year task to restore the first mile of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Georgetown is underway, with an end goal of preserving the important history and charm of the area and bringing back the beloved mule-pulled canal boat rides.
The U.S. Department of the Interior On Wednesday announced a proposed rule to further facilitate implementation of the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act of 2009. The proposed rule provides standards for a coordinated approach to the management of paleontological resources on lands managed by four Interior Department Bureaus: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and National Park Service (NPS). It will also clarify how these bureaus manage paleontological resources to ensure they are available for current and future generations to enjoy as part of America’s national heritage.
Two Juveniles Charged In Connection With Deadly Chimney Tops 2 Fire At Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Two juveniles from Tennessee have been charged with aggravated arson in connection with the Chimney Tops 2 Fire at Great Smoky Mountains National Park that led to 14 deaths.
A queuing system could slow your drive down the bucolic Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park next summer as park officials work to protect the scenic corridor's natural resources and history from too much vehicle traffic.