Gulf Islands National Seashore

Oil Coming Ashore at Gulf Islands National Seashore, South Florida Parks Still Oil-Free

A slurry of oil and tar balls roughly 2 miles long and a yard wide from the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been keeping cleanup crews busy at Gulf Islands National Seashore, while other parks in South Florida still have not been impacted.

Environmental Groups Cite Public Treasures Threatened By Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

Hoping to raise the nation's -- and politicians' -- awareness of the rich resources in the Gulf of Mexico, two environmental groups Wednesday released a list of 15 state and federal properties that could be fouled by oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

National Park Foundation Launches Disaster Recovery Fund Drive For Gulf of Mexico Parks

As millions of gallons of crude oil continue to flow into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the National Park Foundation is mounting a campaign to raise money to help national park units affected by the disaster.

Creature Feature: The Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Faces an Uncertain Future

The Kemp's ridley may be little as sea turtles go, but it's got big problems. It was already the world's most endangered marine turtle before the mammoth Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatened to wreak havoc on its vital habitat.

Tar Balls at Dry Tortugas National Park Not From Deepwater Horizon Catastrophe

Tar balls that came ashore at Dry Tortugas National Park are not from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Oil Spill Starting To Impact Gulf Islands National Seashore

Impacts from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are starting to be seen at Gulf Islands National Seashore, where some birds have come in contact with the oil and tarballs are coming ashore in some areas.

On Endangered Species Day, Recognizing the Cost of Oil Spills

This coming Friday, May 21, is Endangered Species Day. It is a day to both celebrate the amazing successes achieved for wildlife protection ... and to reflect on the work still left to be done.

Forecasts Indicate Oil Could Reach Parts of Gulf Islands National Seashore This Weekend

National Park Service officials are warning that oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico could come ashore on some parts of Gulf Islands National Seashore this weekend.
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Oil and Gas Production And the National Parks

Against fears that the white-sand beaches of Gulf Islands National Seashore soon might be darkened by an oily slick from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, natural gas production flows quietly from Padre Islands National Seashore.

National Parks Rimming the Gulf Coast Watching, Waiting, and Preparing For Oil Slick

With ocean currents, winds, and weather the powers behind the movements of the sprawling oil slick created by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, personnel at national parks along the Gulf Coast can only watch, wait, and prepare for the worst.

Looking At Gulf Islands National Seashore: What's Threatened By Oil Disaster?

Dotted with pristine barrier islands, rich with fisheries and wildlife habitat, and lined with mile after mile after mile of blinding white-sand beaches, Gulf Islands National Seashore is a popular destination for both wildlife and human visitors. Threatening to mar this setting is a slowly growing slick of oil spewing from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Crews At Gulf Islands National Seashore Continue To Take Precautions Against Oil

While some barrier islands along the Louisiana coastline were being coated with an oily slick Sunday from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the barrier islands and mainland shores of Gulf Islands National Seashore still were oil-free, according to the National Park Service.

Gulf Islands National Seashore Still Oil-Free From Deepwater Horizon Disaster

As of early Saturday afternoon there had been no reports of oil washing ashore at Gulf Islands National Seashore from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Crews were staying busy, though, deploying containment booms around the seashore's barrier islands.

Gulf Islands National Seashore Wildlife At Risk From Oil

When oil comes ashore at Gulf Islands National Seashore from the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon well, what impacts might wildlife that use the seashore encounter? Here's a look.

Gulf Islands National Seashore Bracing For Oil Spill

An oil plume from the well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to wash ashore at Gulf Islands National Seashore by Saturday morning, and crews are working to be ready for that event.

Gulf Islands National Seashore Officials Ready To Deal With Oil Spill ... If It Washes Ashore

While it remains to be seen whether oil leaking from an exploratory well drilled deep in the Gulf of Mexico will wash ashore at Gulf Islands National Seashore, officials there are ready to deal with that situation if it arrives.

Updated: Drilling Rig Disaster Could Send Oil Spill Into Gulf Islands National Seashore

An oil spill from the sinking of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico could wash ashore in the coming days at Gulf Islands National Seashore, according to a prediction by

Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List Loggerhead Turtle Species As Endangered

Loggerhead sea turtles, one of four turtle species that have come ashore to nest from Cape Hatteras National Seashore south to Gulf Islands National Seashore, are not doing well, population-wise. The species currently is being proposed for listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act.
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Reader Participation Day: Which is Your Favorite National Seashore?

Which is your favorite national seashore, and why? Seems like a pretty straightforward question, no?

Storm Damage Update for Gulf Islands and Assateague Island National Seashores

Flooded facilities on beach.
The coastal storm dubbed Ida may have been a late bloomer, but the November storm left a mess at several parks from the Gulf Coast to the mid-Atlantic. Here's an update on the status of two parks: Gulf Islands National Seashore and Assateague Island National Seashore.

Brown Pelican Removed from Endangered Species List

If you've recently visited any of the national parks in Florida, or the national seashores on the Gulf Coast, or even Channel Islands National Park, Cape Lookout National Seashore, or Cape Hatteras National Seashore, you might wonder why all the fuss over the removal of the brown pelican from the Endangered Species List.

Gulf Islands National Seashore Battens Down for Hurricane Ida

As the season’s first Atlantic hurricane takes aim on the northern Gulf of Mexico coast, Gulf Islands National Seashore closes vulnerable areas and gets visitors out of harms way.

Reader Participation Day: Are You An East Coast, West Coast, or Gulf Coast National Seashore Person?

Quick, pick an ocean setting for next summer's national park vacation. Are you heading to the Northeast, the Northwest, or looking South or somewhere else for your destination?

Update: Tropical Storm Claudette Arrived at Gulf Islands National Seashore on Short Notice, But the Park Service Was Ready

Tropical Storm Claudette strengthened with surprising speed before making landfall in the Florida Panhandle, but the Park Service was ready to protect Gulf Island National Seashore visitors on very short notice. With Bill and Ana gathering strength over warm tropical waters, more powerful storms could soon arrive.

Gulf Islands National Seashore Bracing for Tropical Storm Claudette

With Tropical Storm Claudette scheduled to come ashore very early Monday morning, Gulf Islands National Seashore officials took pre-emptive steps by closing some areas of the seashore to the public on Sunday.

Ana through Wanda, This Year’s Hurricane Names are Ready to Go

NOAA forecasters expect a normal- to low-activity hurricane season this year, but you never know for sure. There are 21 storm names pre-selected for use in 2009.

Gulf Islands’ Popular Fort Pickens Area is Auto-Accessible Again

Hordes of day-trippers are once again converging on the Fort Pickens area of Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola. Though still recovering from severe storm damage, this popular sun-sea-sand destination is very much back in business.

Two Boating Incidents in Coastal Parks Have Very Different Outcomes: 7 safe, 4 rescued, 1 missing

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Two groups of boaters encountered problems recently at separate coastal parks, but the situations had vastly different outcomes. Seven teenagers in North Carolina fared immensely better than a group of adults in Mississippi. Four members of the latter group spent the night in the water and 1 is still missing.

Are We Properly Caring for Our Ocean-Based National Parks?

There was an essay recently that brought to my attention a startling figure: Even though there are nearly 1,700 marine protected areas in U.S. territorial waters, 99.9 percent of all our territorial waters were open to fishing in 2008.
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