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Theodore Roosevelt National Park Seeking Comments On Plans To Replace Visitor Center

Structural concerns have forced Theodore Roosevelt National Park officials to find a new site for their visitor center in the North Unit, and they're looking to the public for input on their plans.

Joint Effort Improves Desert Tortoise Research At Mojave National Preserve

Desert tortoise research at Mojave National Preserve in California has gotten a boost from Chevron Corp. and the National Park Trust.

Cyclist Seriously Injured Trying To Ride Through Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel In Zion National Park

A Utah cyclist was seriously injured when he collided with a wall while trying to ride with seven others through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel in Zion National Park.

One Dead, Two Missing In Lake Mead National Recreation Area Boating Accident

One man has died and two were missing Saturday in a boating accident at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Wudalianchi National Park In China Reach Sister Park Agreement

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Wudalianchi National Park in China have announced a sister park agreement to strengthen their shared volcanic heritage by promoting international cooperation and support for the mutual benefit of both parks.

Greater Connectivity For National Parks Gets Disconnected

Plans to test expanded cellphone and Internet service in the National Park System appear to have been scrapped due, apparently, to a lack of interest.

Traveler's Gear Box: Cocoon's Merino Wool TravelSheet

Merino wool is one of the best fabrics for both backcountry travel and everyday use. It's warm, even when wet, naturally anti-microbial, and wicks moisture from your body. Those are some of the factors that make Cocoon's merino TravelSheet such a great piece to have in your gear box.

"Save Drakes Bay" Website Works To Defend Oyster Farm At Point Reyes National Seashore

Defenders of the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. have launched a website to raise the profile of the company's fight against the National Park Service to continue farming oysters at Point Reyes National Seashore.

$3.5 Million Settlement For Family Whose Son Was Crushed To Death At Lassen Volcanic National Park

The federal government, while acknowledging no wrongdoing, has settled for $3.5 million a lawsuit brought by a family whose 9-year-old son died in an accident at Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Comment Period Open On Plans To Rehabilitate Jenny Lake Area Of Grand Teton National Park

How should the National Park Service go about revitalizing the Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park? That question is now the subject of a public comment period that runs into mid-March.

Pipe Spring National Monument Offering Programs On History, Prehistory Of Arizona Strip

History, and prehistory, of the Southwest will be interpreted in March at Pipe Spring National Monument in northern Arizona.

Roadwork Will Slow Your Drive To Paradise

Unfortunately, roadwork will slow your drive to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park beginning early next month and running through the summer.

Kenai Fjords National Park Beach Cleanup, The Video

The Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance has been removing marine debris from the beaches around Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, and even Prince William Sound for more than a decade. This new video gives their volunteers, many of whom have been on multiple beach cleanups, a chance to express their feelings about marine debris, about cleaning it up, and about their personal connections to the ocean.

Reader Participation Day: Should A National Park Ever Host Winter Olympics Events?

With all the current attention on the Winter Olympics, we have a two-part question for this week's Reader Participation Day. In an earlier era, a U. S. National Park was one of three finalists vying for the right to host the 1932 Winter Olympics. Do you know which park was in contention then...and should a NPS site ever be considered for some events for a future Winter Games?

Zion National Park Searching For Better Way To Manage Desert Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn sheep just might be the wildlife attraction at Zion National Park in southwestern Utah. And while the herd has grown quite a bit in recent years, park officials want to get a better grip on managing the animals.

Photography In The National Parks: Put People In Your Shots For Perspective And Interest

I am a natural born writer but did not realize my passion for story-telling until finding photography with which to illustrate my words. Personally, I don't see the point in telling a story if it can't be punctuated by images.

Time To Sign Up For Summer Field Courses In The National Parks

Sure, it's winter, but you shouldn't be neglecting your summer fun. Now's the time to be signing up for field courses in the national parks.

2014 Point Reyes Birding And Nature Festival Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the 5th Annual Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival, which will be held in April, go on sale to the general public on Thursday.

Winter Of 2014 Brings Record Crowds To View Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

For much of the country weary of the cold, the winter of 2014 can't end soon enough, but at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the combination of frigid conditions and word spread by social media has resulted in record visitation to the park. The draw? Sea caves, accessible only by boat in the summer, are festooned in ice in winter, and can be reached by walking across the now-frozen waters of Lake Superior.

Don't Be Surprised To Hear National Park Visitation Dropped Last Year

When the National Park Service finalizes its visitation numbers for last year, don't be surprised to hear there was a decline from the 283 million tally made in 2012.