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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Proposing Rules For Firewood You Can Bring Into Park

Globalization is not just a sweeping economic trend, but also one involving insects that's been going on for decades, one that is a serious threat to national park forests. At Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee, officials are taking a step they hope will slow any infestation of non-native insects that can wreak havoc on native forests by proposing a rule that only heat-treated firewood can be brought into the park for campfires.

Interior Department Has Plan For Restoring Bison To Public, Tribal Landscapes

Bison, an iconic species of the Plains that once were nearly driven to extinction by the country's westward expansion, has rebounded greatly through conservation efforts over the past century, but more work to restore these animals to public and tribal lands remains to be done, according to an Interior Department report.
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Getting Back To Normal After Hurricane Arthur

Life is getting back to normal at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which dodged a bullet when Hurricane Arthur passed through the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Body Found In Colorado River In Grand Canyon, Thought To Be Missing Passenger

A body recovered Friday from the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park was thought to be that of a commerical float trip passenger who vanished after falling off a ledge into the river a week ago.

Exploring The Parks: Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

A slice of the Old West is preserved at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Montana. The following high-definition video of the historic site was taken by Skyworks, a British company that specializes in aerial filming, using a specially equipped helicopter.

Kayak Program Offered At Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Exploring national parks by water is a great way to get away from the crowds and out into the scenery. If you'd like to hone your skills for this type of adventure, rangers at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming and Montana will be offering a guided kayaking program this summer.

"Seasons In The Smokies" To Premier In Mid-July

Seasons in the Smokies, the second in the Smoky Mountain Explorer Series from Great Smoky Mountains Association, will make its first appearance on the big screen during a premiere showing of the film Thursday, July 17.

Cherry-Loving Bears Lead To Closure Of Gregory Bald Area At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Bears have a sweet tooth, too. And that's why the Gregory Bald area at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been temporarily closed to humans. The reason is the cherry crop that has attracted black bears looking for a tasty meal.

Glacier Park, Inc. Announces Substantial Investment In The West Glacier Area

Glacier Park, Inc. (GPI), a subsidiary of Arizona-based Viad Corporation, has announced it will make a substantial investment in the Glacier Park region by purchasing land and several businesses in the West Glacier and Apgar areas.

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site Could Use A Few Good Trees

Water provides the energy needed to drive the machinery at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, but without waterwheels to capture that energy, well, all that energy would be lost. To keep things running, the park site currently is working on building five new waterwheels by hand. What's missing, though, are some good trees. Large white oak trees, specifically, that can be fashioned into shafts for the waterwheels.

Study Documents Impacts Of Climate Change Across National Park System

Impacts of climate change on the National Park System are such that it is "no longer ecologically viable to manage resources solely within park boundaries," according to a study that found parks "are overwhelmingly at the extreme warm end of historical temperature distributions..."

UPDATED: Threat Of Tropical Storm Arthur Leads To Closure Of National Park System Units

The prospect of Tropical Storm Arthur slamming into North Carolina's Outer Banks has prompted the National Park Service to close Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial at noon Wednesday.

Watching Wolves And Bears At Banff National Park

Are there wolves and bears at Banff National Park in Canada? You bet, as this video clearly shows. It was taken from a remote camera set up along the Bow Valley Parkway during a seasonal travel restriction. With humans out of the picture, the wildlife came into view.

Trails I've Hiked: Hamburger Rocks At Capitol Reef National Park

Some couples like to celebrate wedding anniversaries with a steak dinner at an up-scale restaurant. To celebrate our lucky 13th anniversary, my husband, Craig, and I decided to commemorate the special occasion with hamburgers instead - a hike to Hamburger Rocks in Capital Reef National Park, that is.

Going-To-The-Sun Road Expected To Be Open End-To-End This Weekend In Glacier National Park

Barring the unexpected -- a significant late June snowstorm -- the entire Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park in Montana should be open from West Glacier to St. Mary this coming holiday weekend.

Exploring The Parks: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, The Video

Hugging the coast of California, Golden Gate National Recreation Area might on first blush come across as a human-congested landscape, but there are places you can go that speak to the purely natural side of the park, as this video shows.

Birding In The National Parks: Odd Birds Showing Up In National Parks

I write this from the south shore of Lake Superior, not far from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Two days ago, while casually birding the lakeshore, my wife Sarah spotted a Black-crowned Night-heron. That’s an extremely unusual bird to find as far north as the Superior shore.

Celebrate Independence Day On The National Mall In Washington, D.C.

Perhaps the grandest Fourth of July celebration in the National Park System will be held in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall, where you can watch a parade, enjoy the Folklife Festival, listen to the U.S. Navy Band, and, of course, marvel at one of the largest fireworks displays in the country.

Yosemite Grant Anniversary Used To Kickoff Mariposa Grove Revitalization

One-hundred-and-fifty years after President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant, the anniversary was used to launch an ambitious revitalization of the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park.