As wondrous as the National Park System is, it holds wild and rugged settings that, frankly, can kill you if you're not prepared. That point is clearly driven home in The Kolob Tragedy: The Lost Tale Of A Canyoneering Calamity, which recounts the missteps of a fatal trip through the backcountry of Zion National Park in Utah.
Zion National Park
Public comments on a proposal for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to put up for auction oil and gas leases near Zion National Park will be accepted for an additional month, through March 9, at the request of the National Park Service and other interested parties.
While the National Park Service has received guidance on hiring seasonal workers for the coming year, the continued hold on permanent hiring is leaving some parks without key positions.
Just two weeks into the Trump administration, one pledged to pursue a vigorous energy development course, Zion National Park officials find themselves in a bind over how to react to proposals to allow oil and gas exploration within a mile of the park.
Exemptions to President Trump's hiring freeze for federal employees will allow the National Park Service to address seasonal and short-term positions, but uncertainty remains over the size of the agency's permanent workforce and whether it will be sufficient to manage the more than 400 units of the National Park System, a National Parks Conservation Association official said Wednesday.
Six days after a rock slide blocked the Scenic Drive in Zion National Park just north of the lodge, the road was reopened Thursday after an estimated 200 tons of mud and rock was cleared and repairs were made.
Three Canadians from the group High On Life on Thursday entered guilty pleas to damaging resources in Yellowstone, Zion, Death Valley, and Mesa Verde national parks.
Armed with heavy equipment, fire hoses, and water, crews at Zion National Park have been busy clearing a rockfall from the Scenic Drive just north of the park lodge.
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.