Archive List

Former National Park Service Director Roger G. Kennedy Passes Away At 85

Roger G. Kennedy, who oversaw the addition of eight units to the National Park System during his tenure as National Park Service director, has died at the age of 85.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Planning Trail Work In Biscuit Basin Area

Every now and then a little work is needed to maintain trails in the national parks, and at Yellowstone National Park officials have a need to replace a section of trail connecting the Upper Geyser Basin near Old Faithful to Biscuit Basin.

Traveler's Gear Box: Therm-a-Rest's NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad Wards Off Cold Nights

Perhaps it comes with age, or inadequate sleeping pads, but in recent years I've often found myself shivering through the night during fall backpacking treks. But the arrival of a revolutionary pad from Therm-a-Rest carries the warm promise of making those nights distant memories.

Gettysburg National Military Park Getting Ready To Shoot Deer

A regimented deer hunt will begin next week in Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, where white-tailed deer would overrun the units if left alone, according to park officials.

Groundbreaking Of Elwha River Restoration At Olympic National Park Something To Remember

It was long in coming, but the official ceremony marking the dismantling of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams at Olympic National Park was decidedly short. But the future for the river and its watershed will be revolutionary. David Graves, the National Park Conservation Association's Northwest program manager, reflects on the event.

Climber Who Abandoned Companion In Grand Teton National Park Cited For Disorderly Conduct

A Montana man who abandoned his climbing companion in Grand Teton National Park, thinking rangers would rescue his friend, has been cited for disorderly conduct, the park announced Thursday.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Need More Time To Complete Winter-Use Plan

Yellowstone National Park officials said Thursday they need more time to finalize a sound, sustainable winter-use plan for the park and will continue for another winter of temporary guidelines while doing more studies.

Climber on El Capitan In Yosemite National Park Loses His Thumb, Only To Have It Reattached

Big wall climbing is hard enough, but to do it without a thumb...well, it would be difficult at best. Fortunately, when an Austrian climber lost his right thumb in a fall, Yosemite National Park rangers sprang into action with a rescue that reunited the climber with his thumb.

Massive Restoration Effort Aimed At Improving Coastal Wetlands At Channel Islands National Park

Restoring landscapes is not always easy, but when they are restored, the benefits to the surrounding ecosystem can be highly measurable. At Channel Islands National Park off California's coast, restoring Prisoners Harbor will bring back a particularly rare landscape -- a coastal wetland.

Elk Hunter Using Wrong Map Cited For Illegally Taking Elk In Grand Teton National Park

Road maps can be great to navigate by, but don't use them when hunting. An Oregon man discovered that the hard way when he was cited by Grand Teton National Park officials for taking an elk inside the park boundaries.

Joshua Tree National Park Recovering From Flooding

Joshua Tree National Park, which was hit hard by flash floods on September 13, will reopen some areas along the Pinto Basin Road on Friday, according to park officials.

New Dock Coming to Basswood Island At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

It will be easier getting onto Basswood Island in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the not-too-distant future, as crews are going to be rebuilding the island's dock.

Land Acquisition Brings Completion of Backbone Trail Closer At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Acquisition of 5 acres is moving the National Park Service closer to completion of the 65-mile-long Backbone Trail through Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

Fall Is Ripe With Lodging Specials In Parts of the National Park System

With the calendar quickly running out on the short fall season in some parts of the National Park System, some concessionaires are responding with lodging specials that might intrigue you.

Reader Participation Day: What National Parks In Other Countries Are On Your Agenda?

The United States has not cornered the market on national parks. While it did start the national park movement with Yellowstone back in 1872, many other countries have set aside many spectacular parks. Which has us wondering, which parks abroad are you hoping to visit?

Westslope Cutthroat Trout Coming Back to Yellowstone National Park

Westslope cutthroat trout will soon be gaining another foothold in Yellowstone National Park, where fisheries biologists are working to return the native fish to Goose Lake.

Climate Study Points To Much Warmer Summers, Less Snow, For Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, like Glacier National Park, will endure hotter summers, and less snowy winters, in the coming decades due to climate change, according to projections made by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization.

New Section Of Historic Trail Approved Along Blue Ridge Parkway

More than 200 years ago hundreds of patriot militia on horseback crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains to play a role in the battle at Kings Mountain. This week that section of trail will be officially certified as part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.

Mark Your Calendar: Bats To Be Featured At Pipe Spring National Monument On September 30

Bats, their benefits to the landscape and their behaviors, will be the topic of discussion this Friday at Pipe Spring National Monument in Arizona.

Dinosaur National Monument Celebrates a Pair of Long-Awaited "Grand Openings"

Dinosaur fans and the staff at Dinosaur National Monument are celebrating the long-awaited opening of two key facilities in the park within a six day span beginning September 28: a new visitor center and the Quarry Exhibit Hall.

NPCA Study Calls For Stronger Partnerships, Improved Visitor Resources At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

A report looking towards the future of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore calls for stronger partnerships to help the lakeshore flourish, and better visitor resources to draw users deeper into the lakeshore and give them a greater appreciation for it.

Evaluation of Proposed Power Transmission Line Through Delaware Water Gap NRA Leads to Some Changes

As the National Park Service continues to study a proposal to run a larger transmission line through Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and two other units of the National Park System, the details and possibilities are changing.

New Webcams At Olympic National Park Allow Views of Largest Dam Removal Project in U. S. History

The largest dam removal project in U. S. history is now underway in and near Olympic National Park, and six new webcams will allow viewing of the project from anywhere in the world.

Hamilton Grange National Memorial Reopens After Major Move and Restoration Project

It's difficult in today's world to image a house sitting on 34 acres of wooded farmland in the middle of New York City, but that was the former setting for Alexander Hamilton's house called The Grange. A five year project to relocate and restore the house has been completed and Hamilton Grange National Memorial has reopened to the public.

Arizona's Outdoor Recreation Community Urges Interior Secretary To Protect Grand Canyon From Mining

It's not unusual to send postcards from national parks, but the card sent to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar not only encourages him to visit Grand Canyon National Park, but to protect it from hardrock mining.

Walking the Cotswold Way in England on Private Land

OPen vista on the Cotswold Way
In the United States, we almost always hike on public land, land owned by a government entity. But in Great Britain, national trails and national parks are on private land. The Cotswold Way goes through fields and pastures, past ruins, and even through golf courses.

Point Reyes National Seashore Releases Draft EIS On Oyster Farm Operation

A draft environmental impact statement examining an oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore contains four possible alternatives, three of which would allow the operation to continue for at least 10 years if the Interior secretary agrees.

The National Park Service's Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Programs

The National Park Service's Boy/Girl Scout Ranger Programs give youngsters opportunities to earn Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger patches or certificates by learning about park resources and helping to protect them.

New Richard Adler Fund Will Encourage Students to Create Art, Music and Poetry Inspired by National Parks

To honor renowned composer/writer Richard Adler for his contributions to the national parks, the National Park Trust has established the Richard Adler Fund for the promotion of art, music and poetry inspired by the national parks.

Traveler's Gear Box: Merrell Women's Verta Shirt: Practical Function & Flattering Fit

Merrell is definitely more than their distinctive shoes. The Merrell Women's Verta shirt offers a fit that truly is classy as well as utilitarian.