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National Park Road Trip 2011: The Cabins At Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Having left Buffalo National River behind, David and Kay Scott discover they couldn't flee the heat and humidity, where they checked in the other day to check out the lodging for an update to their book, The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Officials Proposing To Charge For Overnight Backcountry Use

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are proposing to begin charging fees for overnight backcountry use, though in return they're promising better service in obtaining a backcountry permit and better ranger presence in the backcountry.
The Case of the Indian Trader: Billy Malone and the National Park Service Investigation at Hubbell Trading Post This is a very difficult book for me to review for a couple reasons. The first is the case itself. It involves Billy Malone, the last real Indian Trader employed at Hubbell Trading Post for 24 years.

More Than $1.2 Million In National Park Service Grants Aimed At Protecting Battlefields

Battlefields that date from 1634 are the beneficiaries of more than $1.2 million in grants from the National Park Service to be used on preserving and protecting battlefield lands.

Highline Trail In Glacier National Park Now Open For Hikers, But Watch Your Footing!

The popular Highline Trail at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park is now open, but it's still covered by ice and snow in places, so watch your footing!

After Dark Boating Accident Kills Scout at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

A nighttime boating accident on Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has killed a 15-year-old Boy Scout, who was tossed out of the boat when it rammed a rock in the dark, according to NRA officials.

Weary Roads Force Nighttime Road Closure In Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Heading to Theodore Roosevelt National Park? Then know that a portion of the park's North Unit Scenic Drive is closed at night and reduced to one lane during the daylight hours due to slumping.

Grand Teton National Park Refines Bear-Watching Guidelines

With grizzly bears and people coming closer and closer to one another in the front country of Grand Teton National Park, officials have refined their guidelines as to how close people can be to wildlife. The need for the revisions arose as more and more visitors took to the roofs of their vehicles to photograph bears and, in at least two instances, bears took exception and charged the vehicles, according to park officials.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Looking For New Executive Director

If you've got a strong background running nonprofit organizations, and enjoy getting outdoors and hiking from time to time, this might be the perfect job opportunity for you. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is looking for an executive director/chief executive officer.

Politicians Working To Block Grand Canyon National Park's Proposed Air-Tour Management Plan

Nearly a quarter-century of work to better manage air tours over Grand Canyon National Park could go by the wayside if an amendment pending in the U.S. House of Representatives is allowed to stand, according to other members of Congress and the National Parks Conservation Association.
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Best Easy Day Hikes Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Best Easy Day Hikes Series) Not a backcountry trail warrior? Don't have more than a morning or afternoon to take a hike? Then Best Easy Day Hikes, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is for you.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Lodging at Buffalo National River

Having left their favorite campground at Devils Tower National Monument and the beautiful scenery at Badlands National Park, David and Kay Scott have reached Buffalo National River in Arkansas to work on updating their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Yosemite National Park Officials Proposing To Improve Views By Downing Timber

If a tree falls in the Yosemite Valley, is the view better for it? Yosemite National Park officials think so, and they're hoping to begin improving nearly 100 viewsheds in the park by cutting down hundreds of trees.

Impressive Volunteer Effort by Boy Scouts at New River Gorge National River

The Boy Scout Slogan is "Do a Good Turn Daily," and a small army of Scouts is doing a month's worth of good turns at New River Gorge National River. Visitors will enjoy the results of their efforts on miles of trails for years to come.

Inspector General's Report On Hubbell Trading Post Fiasco Cites National Park Service Errors

In its long-hidden report on the National Park Service's mistake-prone investigation of the business side of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site the Interior Department's investigative arm cites significant missteps by Park Service investigators and raises questions of the propriety of both the Park Service and Inspector General's probes.
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National Park Service Moving To Let Tribes Collect Plants, Minerals From Parks For Traditional Practices

A move by the National Park Service to allow Native American tribes to collect plants and minerals from units of the National Park System for traditional purposes is being condemned by Public Employees for Environmental Purposes.

Curatorial Facility Proposed for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Four Other Park Service Units

One facility, nearly 1 million artifacts and records, five units of the National Park System. That's a short overview of a proposed curatorial facility that would be located in Townsend, Tennessee, not far from Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Reader Participation Day: Would You Stop Donating To the Parks If You Lost the Tax Deduction?

Would you still contribute to charitable organizations such as the National Park Foundation and park friends groups if you couldn't deduct the donation on your income taxes?

Moores Creek National Battlefield: a Revolutionary War Battle Cry Through The South

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Moores Creek National Battlefield has been called the southern equivalent of Lexington in the history of the American Revolution. In the quiet sandhills of North Carolina, this three-minute battle rallied the Patriots in the South. The site also explains why North Carolinians are called Tarheels.

Entire Rim Road At Crater Lake National Park Now Open

It's been a long time coming this year, but the entire 33-mile Rim Drive at Crater Lake National Park is now open for your enjoyment.

Grizzly Sows Apparently Swap A Cub In Grand Teton National Park

In an unusual, but apparently not unprecedented, move in wildlife behavior, two grizzly sows in Grand Teton National Park have swapped a cub. Making the swap even more curious is that the sows involved are themselves mother and daughter.
Spectacular Yosemite As big and expansive as Yosemite National Park is, there should be a rule somewhere stating that any book that captures its wonders in photographs must be large enough to take up most of your coffee table.

Birding in the National Parks: Lowepro's Optic Series For Wildlife Viewing

Birders and wildlife watchers are starting to get used to the fact that gear manufacturers recognize us and want to make equipment specifically for us. So it wasn’t a surprise, but definitely great news, when Lowepro came out with their Optics Series for wildlife viewing.

Study Predicts New Wildlife Regime Will Change Face of Yellowstone National Park

A new report predicts that the regime of wildfire in the Northern Rockies will change the face of Yellowstone National Park by mid-century.

Celebrate National Park Lighthouses On August 7, National Lighthouse Day

It's been nearly 225 years since Congress called for lighthouses "beacons, buoys and public piers" to be built for the safety of the public and seafarers. You can celebrate that occasion, which fell August 7, 1789, by visiting one of the many lighthouses across the National Park System.

National Park Service Director Jarvis Addresses The Value and Importance Of Maintaining Civil War Sites

The battle of Manassas dispelled the myth that the war would be a quick affair. The Confederate secretary of war, LeRoy Pope Walker, suggested prior to the battle that when all was said and done, he would be able to wipe up the blood that would be spilled with his pocket handkerchief.
The Outer Banks (Chapel Hill Books) Though written more than two decades ago, this simply yet descriptively named book by Anthony Bailey could just as easily have been written last year, for many of the issues he broaches -- storms, fishing, and off-road vehicles -- remain today.

Got A 'Droid? Download Chimani's National Parks App ... For Free!

OK all you Droid owners, now's the time for you to add a national park app to your phone...for free!

Barn Swallows At Redwood National and State Parks, the Video

You don't normally associate barn swallows with Redwood National and State Parks, but in fact the birds do show up there, and even like to nest in the park as the following video relates so well.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Lodging in Badlands National Park

Somewhat despondent over having to leave the cool air of the Rockies behind them, David and Kay Scott have headed into the oven-like temperatures of Badlands National Park to check out the park's lodging options. Along the way they visited Devils Tower National Monument.