So, are more Americans looking for a vacation in Death Valley National Park than, say, Yellowstone National Park? The folks at Google Maps might have you think so.
Yellowstone National Park
Unless Congress averts a staggering budget "sequestration" early next year the National Park System will be devastated by underfunding that could force the Park Service to shutter more than 100 parks, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.
It's not-quite-mid-September, leaves are only starting to turn in some parts of the country, the furnace hasn't kicked on yet...but it's not too early to plan your winter adventure in Yellowstone National Park.
Not two weeks after Interior Department officials announced their decision to remove Endangered Species Act protection from wolves throughout most of Wyoming, a handful of conservation groups has announced its intention to sue the government over the move.
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William Temple Hornaday was a very extraordinary man who we should be honoring for his crusade to save wildlife, including bison, and yet history shunted him off to a dusty side table until Stefan Bechtel happened accidentally upon him.
One small bison calf born in New York is causing a big stir in the wildlife conservation and scientific community, and for good reason. He could represent a breakthrough in efforts to introduce genetically pure bison from Yellowstone National Park to other parts of the country.
The lexicon built around enjoying the winter season in Yellowstone National Park grew this year when park officials coined "transportation events" to help define the impacts of snowmobiles and snowcoaaches. But that phrase has even Environmental Protection Agency officials scratching their heads over exactly what it represents.
In the wake Friday of the federal government's removal of wolves from Endangered Species Act protection in Wyoming, National Park Service officials were being asked to act to prevent the predators from being hunted in the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway.
Yellowstone National Park officials, while going through the regulatory process to extend the "one-year rule" guiding over-snow traffic in the park for the coming winter, are also seeking additional public comment on their draft winter-use management plan.
Late-August's weather conditions -- hot, dry weather with gusting winds -- have allowed wildfires and their smoke to increase in Yellowstone National Park, but the weather forecast holds some promise for help from above.