Hurricane Matthew's continued march north through the Caribbean spurred national parks in the Southeastern United States to plan closures if the storm stays on track.
Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park officials hope to reopen the popular Anhinga Trail to visitors later this month.
Swaying to and fro in the afternoon breeze, the River of Grass appears more like a wind-tussled meadow than a river. But beneath the sawgrass the water gurgles and creeps. It flows slowly south from Florida’s great inland sea—Lake Okeechobee—and into Everglades National Park, headed towards its final destination in Florida Bay.
Dry Tortugas, Everglades National Parks Returning To Normal, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Prepping For Storm
While Dry Tortugas and Everglades national parks in Florida are returning to normal after bracing for a tropical weather system, at Cape Hatteras National Seashore up the Atlantic Coast in North Carolina officials were preparing for an approaching tropical storm.
An approaching tropical storm system prompted Dry Tortugas National Park off the Florida coast to plan to close to recreational visitors at 6 p.m. Saturday, while officials at Everglades National Park on the mainland planned to close the Flamingo Campground that evening.
University of Florida reachers are working to generate more ghost sightings in Everglades National Park.
Fall is weeks away, yet it's not too early to start planning for your fall or winter excursion. Traveler's Essential Park Guide, Fall 2016, takes a closeup look at Everglades and Shenandoah national parks, and looks farther afield to Costa Rica and Manuel Antonio National Park where you'll find sloths and toucans.
While comparatively few cases of Zika virus have been identified in the United States, the National Park Service has been working to keep visitors, and employees, on top of the situation and is recommending that everyone visiting National Park System sites in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico take precautions to ward off mosquitoes.
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis expects to hear of more incidents of sexual harassment or misconduct from his agency once a hotline is set up to receive reports.
A National Park Service decision to allow for oil exploration in Big Cypress National Preserve on Wednesday drew a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental groups that fear the seismic work could adversely impact wildlife including the endangered Florida panther and pose a threat to "drinking water for many South Floridians."big-cypress-complaint-20160727.pdf