After receiving year-end numbers from around the National Park System, visitation to the parks last year reached a record 307.2 million, according to the National Park Service. A number of parks attracted some staggering numbers of visitors, such as Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain, which each surpassed 4 million for the first time, and Grand Canyon which tallied more than 5 million, the agency said.
Yellowstone National Park
Concerns over landfill waste, litter, and energy have grown right along with the global population. For the National Park Service, one attempt to address those concerns has been to ban the sale of disposable water bottles in the park system. By using refillable water bottles, you can handle keep the parks a bit cleaner while keeping yourself hydrated.
A small handful of days before the National Park Service announced that its maintenance backlog had crept up to nearly $12 billion, five congressmen called for more funding for Internet connectivity in the National Park System. But here's the rub: Can the National Park Service easily provide that service if told to provide it? The experts don't think so.
The melodic howling of wolves in winter. A warbling Vireo. And, of course, Old Faithful geyser at full throttle, in stereo no less! These are some of the sounds of Yellowstone National Park that you can now access via your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
At Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, diminutive but outspoken pikas likely will endure what climate change brings to the park. At Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, however, they probably will not, according to a five-year study of the tiny rodent's Western populations.
A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for February 5 to consider a request to halt bison culling operations at Yellowstone National Park unless the National Park Service agrees to let a journalist and a wildlife advocate watch those operations.
For the second year in a row the National Park System attracted a record number of visitations in 2015, with more than 306 million visitors counted, according to unofficial numbers released by the National Park Service.
A lawsuit has been filed against the National Park Service by the Animal Legal Defense Fund on behalf of a journalist who wants to gain access to bison trapping operations at Yellowstone National Park.
It's a good news, bad news story. The good news is that the National Park Service's revenues increased 15 percent between 2005 and 2014. The bad news is that the increase didn't keep up with inflation, and in the end total funding for the agency actually went down by 3 percent, according to an investigation by the General Accounting Office.