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By The Numbers: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Johns Hopkins Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Though its name inspires thoughts of massive rivers of ice, Glacier Bay National Park is much, much more than glaciers. With its borders you'll find some of the country's tallest mountains, tangles of temperate rain forest that harbor brown and black bears, and rich waters that attract both birds and whales. Here's a glimpse of some of the park's significant numbers:

Update: As Historic Fort Monroe Moves Rapidly Toward National Park Status, Questions Cloud the Push for Preservation

If Virginia's historic Fort Monroe is preserved within the National Park System, as seems very likely, will the site be left exposed to the degrading effects of adjacent development?

Guidebook To African American History in The National Parks

Are national parks relevant to African Americans? A new guidebook from Eastern National answers that question with a definitive "YES!," as it traces their ties to the parks.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Looking Back Over All The Miles...

How did you spend your summer? David and Kay Scott traveled nearly 11,000 miles, visited 29 units of the National Park System, and toured 62 lodges. Here's a recap of what they found.

Team Investigating Fatal Bear Attack at Yellowstone National Park Releases Report

A report by an interagency investigation team into a fatal bear attack this past July in Yellowstone National Park has been released. It's hoped that the results might help future visitors avoid a similar tragedy.

Reader Participation Day: Should More American-Made Products Be Available for Purchase in America's National Parks?

Most souvenirs and other durable goods sold in national park bookstores and concessions are imported. Do you think it's important to offer a greater selection of American-made products?

National Park Quiz 98: Lakes

Take this quiz and see if you know as much about national park lakes as you think you do. Answers are at the end. You can peek if you feel the need.

Birding in the National Parks: Puffins, Murrelets And More In Glacier Bay National Park

I wasn't really sure what to expect from Glacier Bay National Park, outside of glaciers, of course, but it didn't take long for me to realize this Alaskan park is a birder's paradise. From the "poor man's puffin" to dwindling numbers of Kittlitz's murrelets, I was rewriting my birding success, and not in days, but in minutes.

National Park History: Yosemite's Cosmopolitan Bathhouse & Saloon (1871-1884)

Even before Yosemite became a national park, tourists who endured the wearying journey to Yosemite Valley and suffered the valley's many discomforts were refreshed by some very special amenities at the Cosmopolitan Bathhouse & Saloon.

Guided Hike Will Explore Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

On October 4th you can take a guided hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to catch the first glimpses of autumn color, explore old cabins and cemeteries, and even ring the bell of a picturesque mountain chapel.

New Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park Now Open to the Public

There's now even more to see and do at Richmond National Battlefield Park—the area's newest unit known as Rural Plains is now open to the public. The area includes an 18th century house, civil war earthworks, a walking trail and interpretive information, and an interesting human interest angle.

Is The Time Right For A "Maine Woods National Park"?

Inspired in no small measure by others who gave so much to the National Park System, Roxanne Quimby is offering 70,000 acres for a national park embracing Maine's North Woods.
When was the last time you paused during a hike in a national park to simply stand there, take in the beauty, and listen to nature? As this podcast from Congaree National Park indicates, there's much to hear.

America's Parks Through The Beauty Of Art—A New Art Competition Issues Call For Entries

Visual artists are invited to submit works for a new competition, "America's Parks Through The Beauty Of Art" that will feature a national traveling exhibition beginning in 2013.

Study Points To Economic Benefits of Colonial National Historical Park

Perhaps President Obama, in his effort to get Congress to support his jobs bill, should have mentioned the economic might of investing in national parks. While here at the Traveler we believe you don't need to stress economics when discussing the value of parks, their ability to generate jobs can't be ignored.

World Heritage Field Team To Visit Yellowstone National Park To Check On Challenges

A field team representing the World Heritage Center will visit Yellowstone National Park this week to see how the park is faring against challenges ranging from climate-change impacts to fisheries issues and even recreational snowmobiling.

Earliest North American Beaver Thought To Have Sharpened Teeth Near Site Of Today's John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

It might not look so good to a beaver these days, but once upon a time the landscape in and around John Day Fossil Beds National Monument kept beavers happy.

The Emerald Ash Borer Has Turned Up In Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

A small insect that causes as much concern in the eastern United States as does the mountain pine beetle in the western half of the country has turned up in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where it has infested some trees near Little Glen Lake.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Spinner Dolphins At National Park of American Samoa

For those fortunate enough to make the trek to the far side of the world to visit the National Park of American Samoa, one animal you can look for is the Spinner dolphin, also known locally as mumua.

Watch the Video: "Sky Islands" In Yosemite National Park

"Sky islands," high plateaus in the upper reaches of the Sierra Nevada within Yosemite National Park, are featured in the latest video of Yosemite Notes.

Against All Odds: Rangers Find Injured Man Crawling Across the Desert at Canyonlands National Park

A 64-year-old man from North Carolina was injured in a fall during a solo hike in a remote section of Canyonlands National Park last week. Unable to walk, he faced long odds, since no one was aware of his plans or location. What followed was a tale combining grim determination and alert work by rangers.

Musings from Glacier Bay National Park

It was a familiar sound, and yet unfamiliar. I was out of place: heading into the woods at Bartlett Cove along the coast of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, not the Rocky Mountains, and the whooshing sound startled me.

Rocky Mountain National Park Officials Revising Fire Management Plan

Climate change and mountain pine beetles are just two elements that are leading to heightened fire danger, and bigger wildfires, in the national parks. At Rocky Mountain National Park, officials are revising their fire management plan in light of those, and other, challenges they face in the park's forests.

Special Fall Opening of Au Sable Lighthouse at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Lighthouses hold a special appeal for lots of people, and a rare opportunity for an autumn visit to the Au Sable Lighthouse at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is coming up on September 24.

New Jersey Man Possible Drowning Victim At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

A 25-year-old New Jersey man's body has been recovered from a deep pool at the base of a waterfall at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which has seen unusually high stream levels in the wake of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Reader Participation Day: What Was Your Most Memorable Ranger-Led Experience in the National Parks This Year?

What was your most memorable ranger-led activity in the National Park System this year?

Photographer Shive Honored With Ansel Adams Award

Ian Shive, who has traveled the National Park System to capture its unique and spectacular landscapes in his cameras' viewfinders, has been honored with the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography.

History To Be Made With Dismantling Of Dams Impacting Olympic National Park Watershed

Nearly a century after they rose up and blocked the Elwha River to generate power, two dams on the river with headwaters in Olympic National Park will begin to be removed this weekend in a historic event aimed at restoring the watershed.

Flash Floods Cause Extensive Damage In Joshua Tree National Park

Flash-flooding Tuesday morning caused extensive damage in parts of Joshua Tree National Park, where parts of roads and the Cottonwood Campground were washed away. No visitors or park employees were injured and no vehicles were damaged, officials said.

Firefighters Staying Busy In Yellowstone National Park

Firefighters are staying busy this month in Yellowstone National Park, where they have successfully contained one fire while fire bosses are keeping an eye on several others.