How Will Wildfires Impact The National Park Landscape This Summer?

Winter has been pretty fluky across the United States, with heavy snows taking aim at the Mid-Atlantic and Sierra states, cold weather diving deeply into the Southeast, torrential rains hitting the Northeast, and quick warming baking the Midwest. With such a mix, what might we expect from the coming wildfire season across the National Park System?

Yellowstone National Park Developing "Native Fish Conservation Plan"

Cutthroat trout, LeHardy Rapids, Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park long has been renowned for its "museum quality" cutthroat trout fishery. Sadly, that fishery is in danger of collapse due to non-native lake trout. There are other threats to Yellowstone's fisheries, though, and that's why the park is developing a Native Fish Conservation Plan.

Commemorative Quarter Places Old Faithful Geyser, Bison On a Quarter

It won't be long before you'll be able to hold both a bison and Old Faithful in the palm of your hand.

Spring Bicycle Season is Underway at Yellowstone National Park

Spring cyclists in Yellowstone.
Crews in Yellowstone National Park are clearing roads of snow and ice to reopen the routes to vehicles, but that work is expected to take a month or more. In the meantime, hardy bicyclists have an opportunity to experience a ride on some of those roads without competition from other visitor traffic.

Elk, Bison Populations in Yellowstone National Park Said To Be Stable

Yellowstone bison, Northern Range, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Late-winter surveys of elk and bison herds in Yellowstone National Park show the animals are maintaining relatively stable populations compared to recent years, according to park biologists.

Want To Save 20 Percent on Lodging in Yellowstone National Park? Here's How

How would you like to save 20 percent on your lodging bill the next time you visit Yellowstone National Park? It's really quite easy, and you can earn a tax deduction in the process.

Is The American Pika Really On The Road To Extinction Due to Climate Change?

Less than a month after a conservation group expressed its displeasure with the Obama administration for not providing Endangered Species Act protection to the American pika due to the plight it might face due to climate change, a new study suggests the tiny mammals are more widespread than thought and seem to thrive in a temperature range greater than long thought possible.
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Spring Plowing Coming to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

With winter easing its grip on the Northern Rockies, work is under way in Yellowstone National Park, and soon will be under way in neighboring Grand Teton National Park, to clear snow from the roads.

Time Running Out To Suggest How Yellowstone National Park Should Approach Winter-Use-Plan

Mammoth Terrace, Kurt Repanshek photo
Just a few more weeks remain for you to suggest areas that Yellowstone National Park planners should consider in preparing a plan for winter-use in the park.
I remember clearly hurrying to the Yellowstone River after finishing a shift as a seasonal ranger with fly rod in hand. I would rent a rowboat from the Fishing Bridge boat dock and row downstream a bit to clear the lines of the people fishing from the bridge. And then I would begin to cast — not too skillfully I might add — and catch a cutthroat on every second or third cast. It was absolutely the best fishing in the world.