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House Of Representatives Could Act Monday on Bid to Allow Uranium Mining Around Grand Canyon National Park

How strong is the market for uranium? Is nuclear energy a key component of the nation's energy future? How many jobs would be created by allowing mining of uranium around the Grand Canyon National Park? Those are some of the questions to consider as the House of Representatives moves to vote on a measure that could allow the mining to proceed.

Trail Crews Will Be Busy At Mammoth Cave National Park in The Coming Months

Ice storms, storms tossed off by hurricanes, and normal use have taken a toll on some of the backcountry trails in Mammoth Cave National Park. To mitigate that wear and tear, crews will head into the backcountry next month to begin repairs.

Rock Wall Repairs Will Temporarily Close Farview Curve Overlook Park Area At Rocky Mountain National Park

The tough winter of 2010-2011 continues to exact a toll on Rocky Mountain National Park, where the Farview Curve Overlook Parking Area will be closed beginning Monday so crews can repair a historic rock wall damaged by the heavy snows.

Dispersed Off-Road Vehicle Use Ends at Big Cypress National Preserve

One of the enduring topics of debate in NPS circles in recent years has been Off-road vehicle (ORV) use in Big Cypress National Preserve. The park reached an important milestone with the announcement that "dispersed" ORV use in the area would end on July 22, 2011.

Has The Day Arrived For A Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park?

Should the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Rhode Island and Massachusetts be turned into a national historical park to help tell the story of America's Industrial Revolution?

OMB Asked To Review Yellowstone National Park's Winter-Use Plan

Can the National Park Service, which has a staggering maintenance backlog and shortage of curatorial staff and facilities, afford to spend roughly $700 per visitor to keep Yellowstone National Park's Sylvan Pass open in the winter for snowmobilers? That question is being posed to the Office of Management and Budget.

Olympic Hot Springs Road In Olympic National Park To Close For Work on Glines Canyon Dam Decommissioning

Work to begin restoring the Elwha River in Olympic National Park is gearing up. Beginning August 1, public access into the Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road will close just south of the Altair Campground.

Popular Swimming Area At Capitol Reef National Park Closed Due To Dangerous Conditions

A popular swimming hole in Capitol Reef National Park has been closed for the rest of the summer due to torrential runoff that has created extremely dangerous conditions for swimmers.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Videos On Glacier National Park's Interior Lodges

Just a short note to all you lodging junkies and David and Kay Scott fans out there to let you know we've finally inserted the videos to their post on Swiftcurrent and Rising Sun motor inns and the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park.

New Webcam Debuts At Mount Rainier National Park

Technology (sadly, perhaps) means you no longer need to climb Mount Rainier to get a good view from near the roof of Mount Rainier National Park.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Yellowstone National Park Lodges, Part III

Before leaving the Rocky Mountain West, David and Kay Scott made one last swing through Yellowstone National Park to inspect the lodging possibilities at Lake and Grant Village for an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Nearly 10-Acre Pot Farm Found in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

A sizable marijuana farming operation has been found in Santa Monica National Recreation Area, one that has yielded more than 3,500 pot plants, according to NRA officials.

Updated: Yosemite National Park Rangers Investigating Reports Of Visitors Swept Over Vernal Fall

Yosemite National Park officials were presuming Wednesday that three visitors who were swept over Vernal Fall were killed in the incident, though a search continued for their remains.

Young Girl Bitten By Shark In Surf At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

A young North Carolina girl was recovering Wednesday from a shark attack sustained in the surf at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Dazzling Wildflowers Prompt Cedar Breaks National Monument To Extend Wildflower Festival

Bountiful snowmelt this spring and summer has led to a dazzling display of wildflowers at Cedar Breaks National Monument, where officials have extended their wildflower festival through month's end.

Bandelier National Monument Back In Business After Fires, But Only To A Limited Extent

The good news is that Bandelier National Monument is back to welcoming visitors after dealing with wildfires. That bad news is that those fires left the landscape prone to flooding, and with the monsoon season approaching, authorities are concerned about flooding in Frijoles Canyon.

Researchers At Kenai Fjords National Park Mapping Networks of Glacier Drains

Research at Kenai Fjords National Park this summer should provide a better understanding of how glaciers melt, move, and drain away their meltwater.

Reader Participation Day: What Lures You To Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Fall Colors Or Backcountry Trails?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its fall colors...and it's also famous for its hundreds and hundreds of miles of backcountry trails. Which do you base a Great Smoky trip around?

Updated: Fall From Grinnell Glacier Trail Kills Hiker In Glacier National Park

The dangers of snowfields, perhaps unexpected at mid-summer, played out in Glacier National Park when a hiker died from injuries sustained in a slide down a snow-covered slope off the Grinnell Glacier Trail.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of Old Faithful In Yellowstone National Park

David and Kay Scott have returned to Yellowstone National Park for a stay at Old Faithful, where they sampled the options available to update their book, The Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges

Alaska's Rep. Don Young Wants National Park Service To Get Out of the Water At Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

In perhaps just the most recent example of legislative might, U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska is determined to kick the National Park Service out of the water at Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.
Fire Season Author Phillip Conners left a job with the Wall Street Journal to take up summer residence in a fire tower perched atop Apache Peak in the Gila National Forest’s Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agrees Whitebark Pines Need Help From Climate Change, But Will Have To Wait

Whitebark pine trees, a foundation species that grows high in the upper reaches of parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Yosemite, and Kings Canyon, is in need of Endangered Species Act protection from climate change, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Great Basin National Park's Astronomy Festival On the Calendar: July 28-30

Need a good dose of starry nights? Plan to be in Great Basin National Park at month's end to take in the park's second annual astronomy festival.

Visions Of Civil War Flying Machines Drive Story at Petersburg National Battlefield

If nothing else, Roderick Davidson stirred the hopes of at least some of the Confederate troops defending Richmond in late 1864 and early 1865 with his "Artis Avis," a flying machine he believed could save the South.

When George Hartzog Jr. Asked What The National Park Service Might Face In The 21st Century, Here's What He Was Told

What did the National Park Service expect to face when it reached the 21st Century? Former Director Bill Hartzog, Jr., asked that question a decade ago, and the answers he received just might astound you.

Chimani's Library Of National Park Apps Continues To Grow

Chimani continues to grow its library of national park apps for iPhones and Droids.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of Grand Teton National Park, Part II

In part two of their look at lodging options in Grand Teton National Park, David and Kay Scott checked out Jackson Lake Lodge and Jenny Lake Lodge.

Interior Secretary Wants Congress To Designate A Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is calling on Congress to create a national historical park commemorating the work of the Manhattan Project, the top-secret effort during World War II to create an atomic bomb.

Mark Your Calendar: 2nd Bryce Canyon National Park Geology Festival July 28-30

People the world over head to Bryce Canyon National Park to marvel in its geology. Once a year the park formally celebrates that geology, and this year the park's annual Geology Festival falls on July 28-30.