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Updated: Cape Lookout National Seashore Heavily Damaged By Hurricane Irene, Other Units Have Varying Degrees Of Damage

Cape Lookout National Seashore, the spot where Hurricane Irene came ashore in the United States last Saturday, was heavily damaged by the storm, according to latest reports. Other National Park System units along the East Coast received varying amounts of damage, but most are open for visitors.

Reader Participation Day: How Many National Parks Do You Want To Visit In Your Lifetime?

Is 'bagging all of the national parks' a goal you've set for yourself?

Website Launched To Garner Support For Protection Of Public Lands Around Glacier National Park

With hopes of building more support to protect the fragile landscapes surrounding Glacier National Park from mining, a coalition of non-profit groups has launched a website to promote legislation to safeguard the region.

Wolf Trap Foundation For Performing Arts To Offer Discount To Active-Duty Military Personnel In September

Tickets for September performances at The Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts will be discounted for active-duty military personnel and their families and friends.

Congresswoman Bachmann Would Support Drilling For Oil In Everglades National Park

It's been nearly four years since Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson said he would support drilling for oil beneath Everglades National Park if there were substantial reserves there. Well, Mr. Thompson soon left that race, but another GOP presidential hopeful says she'd do the same thing.

Addition of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Pushes Number of National Park System Units to 395

The addition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to the National Park System brings the total number of units in the system to 395.

Heritage Walk at Cumberland Gap NHP will Reconnect Visitors with Three Centuries of History

The Wilderness Road that travels through the Cumberland Gap has been the scene of centuries of and countless tales of heartbreak and joy, loss and discovery. Visitors can discover some of these stories during the "Within the Shadows of Cumberland Gap" Heritage Walk on Saturday, September 3, at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Hiker In Grand Canyon National Park Apparent Victim of Heat

Grand Canyon National Park rangers have recovered the body of a hiker who apparently fell victim to the high heat of the canyon's Inner Gorge.

Updated: Hiker In Yellowstone National Park Died From Grizzly Attack

A hiker whose body was found in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park was killed by a grizzly bear, according to autopsy results released Monday by park officials.

Hurricane Irene Washes Out Road at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Various Damage At Other East Coast National Park Units

Reaching Cape Hatteras National Seashore by vehicle in the near future will be hard, if not impossible, due to breaching of Highway 12 by storm waters from Hurricane Irene.

National Park Service Issues 5-Year "Call To Action" Plan For Moving Toward Its Second Century

A more expansive, and inclusive, National Park System, stronger educational outreach, and a revised approach for managing today's natural and cultural resource challenges are among goals laid out in a blueprint for leading the National Park Service into its second century.

$701,000 Grant Helps Kids Learn More About National, State and Local Parks

A $701,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation will help kids learn more about, and get more enjoyment out of, local, state, and national parks in North Carolina.

More Than 105,000 Sign NPCA's Petition In Support of National Park Funding

Memo to Congress: Don't cut national park funding.

Bear Watching Mayhem In Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Bears in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks have been in the news a bit this summer, both because of their behavior and the behavior of tourists watching the bears. The following column, which Todd Wilkinson posted on his Wildlife Art Journal site the other day, will have you scratching your head over how there haven't been more bear-human incidents this summer.

Fountains Spring Anew At Wawona Hotel In Yosemite National Park

One might say the past has sprung back to life at the Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park, where an iconic stone water fountain has been restored.
There are some obvious photo opportunities in Death Valley National Park. Everyone wants a shot from Badwater, the lowest point in the Northern Hemisphere. And Artist's Palette is a given. But then what? Well, Dan Suzio has some suggestions for you.

Barrage Of Lightning Strikes Spawns Six Fires Across Yellowstone National Park

A barrage of lightning strikes -- nearly 700 in a 24-hour period -- has ignited six wildfires in Yellowstone National Park, though none are more than one acre in size.

Hiker Found Dead In Yellowstone National Park

An investigation was continuing Saturday into the death of a hiker whose body was found in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park.

Cape Cod National Seashore, Acadia National Park Closing With Hurricane Irene On The Way

Though Hurricane Irene was hundreds of miles away, officials at Cape Cod National Seashore and Acadia National Park were getting for the lady's arrival, closing down facilities and urging visitors to be careful.

Beware of Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Bears

Within its roughly 521,490 acres, Great Smoky Mountains National Park probably harbors about 1,500 black bears, according to the park's biologists. And this summer, those bears have been particularly ornery.

Before You Tackle Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park, Know What To Expect

Climbing Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park is not as straightforward as some might think, especially if you tackle the Keyhole route. With that in mind, park officials have some pointers for climbing the 14er.

River Corridor, Facilities Closing At Delaware Water Gap NRA In Advance of Hurricane Irene

With Hurricane Irene expected to bring high winds and heavy rains to the Eastern Seaboard, officials at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area have decided to shutter much of the NRA in advance of the storm.

Small Fires Burning In Yellowstone National Park's Backcountry

After a wet spring, summer has gotten increasingly drier in the Rocky Mountains, and in Yellowstone National Park that has boosted fire danger and sparked some fires. On Thursday alone five new blazes were spotted in the park.

By the Numbers: Voyageurs National Park

This northern Minnesota park's waterway system, consisting of four large island-studded lakes connected by narrows, was once the route of the French-Canadian voyageurs. A large peninsula with a glaciated, boreal forest landscape completes the ensemble.

Take This App Along When You Climb Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

Rick Deutsch wrote the book on climbing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, so he comes well-prepared to write an app for making the day-long journey.

Tallgrass Prairie Events at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in September

Butterflies, wildflowers and a restored piece of tallgrass prairie will be the focus of ranger guided walks at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site on Labor Day. Visitors who'd like to give a little back can help with a volunteer project in the park's 81-acre tallgrass prairie on September 24.

Dare County, Core Of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Orders Mandatory Evacuation Ahead of Hurricane Irene

With concerns growing that Hurricane Irene could make a direct hit on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, officials for Dare County have ordered a mandatory evacuation of the island that is the setting for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Inspection Shows Cracks in Top Of Washington Monument, Prompting Call To Engineers With Earthquake Expertise

A closer inspection of the Washington Monument in the wake of Tuesday's earthquake has revealed cracks in the uppermost section of the monument, prompting the National Park Service to call in structural engineers with expertise in earthquake engineering to assess the damage.

East Coast National Park Units Bracing For Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene continues plodding towards the Eastern Seaboard, units of the National Park System up and down the coast are preparing for the storm.

Exploration Of Crater Lake Reflected On U-Haul Moving Vans

A focus on some of the science undertaken in the focal point of Crater Lake National Park is being carried across the country, and if you look carefully as you head down the highway you just might see it.