Yellowstone National Park rewrote its record book in terms of visitation in 2016, although Superintendent Dan Wenk realizes that's not necessarily a good thing.
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From Fiscal Year 2006 through Fiscal Year 2015 the National Park Service spent roughly $10.5 billion on deferred maintenance projects, and yet the overall price tag for deferred maintenance continued to creep ever higher, leading the Government Accountability Office to wonder if the Park Service's strategy for tackling the projects was sound.
Greetings, Mr. Trump, and congratulations. On Friday you take the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States. If perhaps you have been following the National Parks Traveler, you know that many people have already made up their minds. You will be a disaster for the national parks. As a businessman you will demand that the parks “make money,” and if they don’t help give them away.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has introduced legislation to permanently remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List in both Wyoming and the Great Lakes region, saying the states can do a better job of managing the predator than the federal government.
The coldest and snowiest places on earth pose a challenge to anyone visiting such locations as the Arctic Circle or Antarctica, but what about the year-round animal population? How do they cope for many months with life in these frozen wonderlands where temperatures can plummet to as low as minus 50 degrees?
With more than 400 units in the National Park System, trying to zoom in on any one particular park for a visit can be a challenge. Over the past 12 months the Traveler has "explored" quite a few parks, and we list those stories here to help you plan your next national park adventure.
Being more than 80 years old, it shouldn't be terribly surprising that Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in Yellowstone National Park has a few creaks and sore spots. To erase them, the National Park Service is conducting a multi-phase rehabilitation project that is expected to keep the hotel closed for guests through the coming year.
The House of Representatives moved quickly Tuesday to pass legislation designed to provide the National Park Service with badly needed funds to help the agency chip away at a staggering, $12 billion maintenance backlog. However, without concurrence by the Senate by week's end the measure could die.