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At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Birds, Turtles, And Humans Have Created An Air of Controversy

A dispute over birds, turtles, and humans has filled the air over Cape Hatteras National Seashore with controversy, and has drawn into question the very purpose of the national seashores and the mission of the National Park Service.

National Park Service Implementing "Flight Following" Technology in Alaska, Perhaps Nation-wide

"Flight following" technology, which can help dispatchers keep an eye on the whereabouts of aircraft, is being required aboard all National Park Service aircraft, or any aircraft carrying Park Service personnel, in Alaska, and soon could be required throughout the National Park System.

Citizen Scientists Wanted for Cascades Butterfly Project

Volunteer Citizen Scientists are being recruited for the Cascades Butterfly Project, a long-term effort in six locations in the Cascades Mountains to help biologists identify and count subalpine butterflies. North Cascades National Park and Mount Rainier National Park are among the participating locations.
While Jennifer Pharr Davis garnered much attention for setting a speed record for thru-hiking the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, even before she took her first step a ranger at Great Smoky Mountains National Park set a record for covering the entire A.T. in the Smokies.

Proposed Backcountry Fee At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Would Be A First For Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

A proposal to charge for overnight stays in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, if enacted, would create the first area along the 2,180-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail where thru-hikers would have to pay to lay down for the night.

Latest Eruption at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Offering "Spectacular Evening Views"

Dramatic geologic events in recent days at Kīlauea volcano in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park have produced what park officials are describing at "spectacular" evening views of the current eruption.

Body of One of Three Victims Swept Over Vernal Fall In Yosemite National Park Found

Search-and-rescue teams have recovered the body of one of three victims who were swept over 317-foot-tall Vernal Fall to their deaths in Yosemite National Park nearly three weeks ago.

Hiker Injured by Grizzly Bear at Glacier National Park

A hiker was injured by a grizzly bear in the Many Glacier area at Glacier National Park on Friday. The the 50-year male hiker was hiking alone on the trail from Many Glacier to Piegan Pass when he encountered a sow grizzly with one sub-adult at about 12 noon on Friday.

One Killed, Five Injured By Lightning Strike at Grand Canyon National Park

A German tourist has been killed and five others injured by a lightning strike on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Lawsuit Seeks Full Environmental Review Of "Fracking" Near Delaware Water Gap NRA, Upper Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River

Concerns over how "fracking" for natural gas might impact Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the Upper Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River have led to a lawsuit seeking a full environmental review of the operations.

Campground at Natural Bridges National Monument To Close So Crews Can Install New Toilets

The sweet smell of technology will force closure of the campground at Natural Bridges National Monument for 10 days later this month as crews install new toilet systems.

Glacier Bay National Park Officials Propose To Hold 2012 Cruise Ship Quotas Level With 2011

Glacier Bay National Park officials are proposed to hold the line on cruise ship quotas in 2012 at 2011 levels.

Technology Making It Easy For Kayakers To Determine Wave Heights At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

No word yet if there's an app for it, but if you have a computer you can quickly check on the wave heights at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore if you're planning a paddling trip there.

Interior, Wyoming Officials Reach Agreement On Hunting Wolves; Critics Say It Will Be Devastating

An agreement reached by officials from the Interior Department and the state of Wyoming, if allowed to stand, would make Yellowstone National Park a sanctuary for wolves. Most elsewhere in the state the animals could be shot on sight under the plan.

National Park Foundation Offers To Match, Up To $2 Million, Donations For Flight 93 National Memorial

With a need for $10 million to finish the Flight 93 National Memorial, the National Park Foundation is offering a match of up to $2 million with hopes of spurring private donations.

National Park Travelers Club To Meet in Washington, D.C.

The National Park Travelers Club, a diverse group of nearly 800 national parks enthusiasts representing almost every state and multiple foreign countries, will hold its 9th annual convention from August 4-9 in Washington, D.C.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Lodging At Mammoth Cave National Park

A stay at Mammoth Cave National Park marked the final stop on David and Kay Scott's legendary tour of parks, and it delivered some interesting lodging news.

Grizzly Bear That Charged Man in Yellowstone National Put Down By Rangers

A 4-year-old grizzly bear was put down at Yellowstone National Park for a growing history of habituation to humans that was capped when he charged a man along the northern edge of Yellowstone Lake.

Reader Participation Day: How Should National Parks Handle Overgrown Vistas?

How should national parks deal with vegetation that has grown up and, in some cases, altered landscapes or blocked views?

Climber Dies In 2,500-Foot Fall In Grand Teton National Park

A Missouri man who intended to climb the Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park in one day was killed by a fall of roughly 2,500 feet, according to park officials.

What Do Bears And Wolves In Yellowstone National Park Do When No One's Watching?

How do grizzly bears and wolves in Yellowstone Nationa Park carry on when they don't think anyone is watching? Well, as these pictures show, they're not going after each other tooth and claw.

Jennifer Pharr Davis Sets Time Record For Thru-Hike On the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

It took a 60-mile day right near the end, but Jennifer Pharr Davis has succeeded in setting the speed record for a thru-hike of the 2,180-mile-long Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Clues Point To Hiker Who Vanished In Glacier National Park in 2008

Clues possibly shuttled downslope by water and avalanches might hold the answer to what happened to a 27-year-old hiker who went missing in Glacier National Park three years ago.

New Solar Project at Yosemite National Park is Largest Of Its Kind in the NPS

A new solar energy project at Yosemite National Park will help cut utility costs, and the system can claim at least two titles for such systems in the National Park System.

California Woman Dies In Fall From Half Dome Cables In Yosemite National Park

A 26-year-old California woman was killed by a 600-foot fall while working her way down the cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, according to a park release.

Eight Campsites Closed Due to Nesting Eagles In Voyageurs National Park Now Open for Business

With a critical point in bald eagle nesting having passed, a handful of campsites in Voyageurs National Park that had been closed due to the birds have reopened for visitors, according to park officials.

Weeks Act Celebrated From the Perch of the Blue Ridge Parkway

The 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act establishing national forests in the East was celebrated on the Blue Ridge Parkway this past Saturday as officials looked out over the first tract of land purchased under the law.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Mountain Goats At Glacier National Park

Want to see some mountain goats? Mountain goats so close you won't need a spotting scope or a 600-millimeter lens? Head to Logan Pass at Glacier National Park. The goats will be waiting, guaranteed.

Devils Postpile National Monument Officials Building Management Plan With An Eye on Climate Change

In drafting a general management plan for Devils Postpile National Monument, Superintendent Deanna Dulen is keeping an eye on how climate change might impact a scenic crossroads of the High Sierra.