Oregon Caves National Monument

Congress Sends Defense Authorization Bill, With National Park Legislation, To President

A massive defense authorization bill, carrying riders that create seven national parks, headed Friday to President Obama for his signature, though how the National Park Service would pay for the additions was not immediately clear.

Senate Poised To OK Legislation That Would Grow National Park System, But Questions Loom

In one of the largest expansions of the National Park System in decades, a nearly 1,700-page bill to fund the Defense Department carries amendments to add roughly a half-dozen units to the park system and add acres to others. But the measure also raises concerns over whether Congress is micro-managing National Park Service decisions when it comes to wildlife management under the Endangered Species Act, and how donors to the system should be recognized.

Possible Congressional Battle Looming Over Parks Legislation Attached To Defense Authorization Bill

In what could be the most significant legislative action pertaining to national parks since 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives is being asked to approve a defense authorization bill that has been amended to create a number of new units of to the National Park System, from a Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park in New York to a Manhattan Project National Historical Park spread across a handful of states.

Look To The Stars Over Great Basin, Theodore Roosevelt, Mount Rainier, And Oregon Caves

With clear skies overhead, and no moon, the star gazing should be outstanding in the coming weeks at western national parks. Several of those parks -- Great Basin, Theodore Roosevelt and Mount Rainier national parks, and Oregon Caves National Monument -- are taking advantage of the night skies with star-gazing festivals.

Ghostly Tales From The National Parks: Oregon Caves National Monument

Ghost stories and old buildings just seem to go together, and the national parks have their share of old buildings -- and ghosts! If you spend a night at The Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument, you just might agree.

National Park Mystery Photo 52 Revealed: This Is The Way

Route markers have played an important role since the earliest days of cave exploration.

Calls To Expand Units Of The National Park Service Heard In Oregon And Georgia

There are calls for both Oregon Caves National Monument in Oregon and Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia to increase in acreage.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Chateau At Oregon Caves National Monument

Having once again fled snow, lodging experts David and Kay Scott headed to The Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument to work on an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges. Fortunately, they found a roaring fireplace to cozy up next to.

Summer Special: Ten National Parks With Lodging For Under $100 Per Night, Tent Not Required

You don't need to sleep in a tent to make a national park visit affordable. Our lodging experts have found 10 national parks where you can book a room for less than $100 a night.

You Can Hear Them Now - Oregon Caves National Monument Upgrades Communications with the Underground

If you're running public tours in a cave, it's always a good idea to be able to communicate with people on the surface, and vice versa. The staff at Oregon Caves National Monument can do so a lot more efficiently these days, thanks to a recently completed upgrade of the communications system in the cave.

Republicans, Democrats Differ Over Whether National Park Designations Should Block Energy Projects

When the Bush administration late in 2008 tried to auction energy leases near national parks in Utah, there was an outcry by many who considered siting oil and gas exploration projects next to parks was anathema. The Obama administration quickly reversed the decision, but the debate over whether to locate energy projects next to parks continues.

Is There A Turf Battle Brewing Between National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service Over Oregon Caves NM Expansion?

A turf battle could be brewing between the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service over how best to manage a proposed expansion to Oregon Caves National Monument, a move that would increase the monument's footprint almost tenfold by acquiring land within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Is The Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument Haunted?

Ghost stories and old buildings just seem to go together, and the national parks have their share of old buildings -- and ghosts! If you spend a night at The Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument, you just might agree.

Should A National Park Ranger Countermand a Parent?

I was touring Oregon Caves National Monument recently when I witnessed an interesting scene between a ranger and a guest – one which makes me wonder about the parameters of ranger authority.

Excuse Me, Sir, There's Some Lint on Your Stalactite...

Cave formations.
How do you use tweezers and brushes to "tune up" a cave? Volunteers at Oregon Caves National Monument will find out on September 26.

Ice Cream Social Scheduled for Oregon Caves National Monument

Who doesn't like an old-fashioned ice cream social? If you're in the vicinity of Oregon Caves National Monument in early July, stop by for a scoop or two to help celebrate the monument's centennial.

Resource Managers Are Using Visitor Impact Mapping at Oregon Caves National Monument

Oregon Caves National Monument celebrated its 99th birthday July 12. The park’s marble cave has suffered significant physical damage and secondary effects since its discovery in 1874. Resource managers are using a survey method called Visitor Impact Mapping to better understand where and how visitors have affected the condition of the cave.
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