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Grand Teton National Park Officials ID Bear Victim, Investigation Ongoing

A Wyoming man who was attacked by a bear in Grand Teton National Park says when he first saw the bear it was only five or 10 yards from him. Timothy Hix added that he tried to ward off the bruin with bear spray, but couldn't get the canister from its holster in time, park officials said.

Report: President Obama Ready To Make Virginia's Fort Monroe A National Monument

President Obama will turn to the Antiquities Act of 1906 for the first time to designate Fort Monroe in Virginia as a national monument, according to officials at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Katmai National Park And Preserve Officials Reviewing Sport Hunting Guidelines

National Park Service officials are reviewing their sport hunting guidelines for Katmai National Preserve, where some have compared hunting brown bears to shooting fish in a barrel.

Chair Of House Subcommittee On National Parks Calls Parks, Other Federal Lands Unconstitutional

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, who chairs the House subcommittee that oversees national parks and other federal lands, says it is unconstitutional for the federal government to own those tracts.

BioBlitz Turns Up More Than 850 Previously Undetected Species in Saguaro National Park

Gila monster, Saguaro National Park, Kurt Repanshek photo
Do you ever wonder what we know about the world around us? The somewhat recent phenomenon known as "BioBlitzes" is rewriting what we know about the natural world that resides in national parks. In some cases, what we didn't know can appear astounding.

Lifetime "Senior" and "Access" Park Passes Now Available By Mail

The popular Senior park pass and the Access Pass (for Americans with disabilities) can now be obtained by mail. Both passes cover admission fees at most federal recreation sites, including national parks, as well as discounts on some other fees.

Elk Hunter In Grand Teton National Park Injured By Bear

A Wyoming man hunting elk in Grand Teton National Park was attacked by a bear Sunday, but managed to call for help after the bear left the area.

National Park Service Honors Top Ranger, Volunteers

A ranger from Grand Canyon National Park and a wounded Iraq war veteran who found healing at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area have been honored by the National Park Service for their commitment to the parks.

Statue Of Liberty's 125th Birthday Feted, Then Lady Liberty Was Closed For Renovations

It was a birthday party that both brought to mind the long friendship between France and the United States as well as the greeting the Statue of Liberty provided seemingly endless lines of immigrants who believed they could strike a new life in America.

Badger Pass Ski Area In Yosemite National Park Eyeing Mid-December Opening

The Badger Pass Ski Area in Yosemite National Park is scheduled to open December 16, if the snow gods allow.

Winter Film Festival Slated For Women's Rights National Historical Park in New York

There's more to Women's Rights National Historical Park than meets the eye. For instance, visit the park this winter and you'll be able to learn something about Mount Rainier National Park, or August Saint-Gaudens, or even Rosie the Riveter.

House Oversight Committee Looking Into Point Reyes National Seashore's Handling Of Oyster Farm Future

Questionable actions the staff of Point Reyes National Seashore has taken towards the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. have drawn the attention of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is launching an investigation into the fate of the oyster company.
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Zion National Park Officials Debating How To Improve Wilderness Permitting System

There's nothing quite worse for backcountry travelers than facing long lines to gain a permit to head on their trek. That's one of the problems at Zion National Park, and officials there are debating how they can improve their permitting system.

Widow of Man Mauled By Grizzly Sues Federal Government For Wrongful Death, Negligence

A woman whose husband was mauled to death by a grizzly bear near Yellowstone National Park shortly after it had been sedated by wildlife biologists is suing the federal government for $5 million, saying the biologists failed to adequately monitor the bear and warn area residents of their work.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gets Approval For Elk Management Plan

For the past decade Great Smoky Mountains National Park biologists and staff worked to restore a permanent elk herd to the park's rumpled mountains. So successful were those efforts that they've removed the "experimental" tag from the herd and adopted a long-range management plan for the elk.

Trails I've Hiked: Bechler River Trail In Yellowstone National Park

Thigh-deep in the strong, bracing currents of the Bechler River was not exactly what I expected when I set out to explore Yellowstone National Park's "Cascade Corner." But at least it was mid-September, and not mid-July, when the torrent surely would have been colder, deeper, and stronger.

Updated: Man Missing In Rocky Mountain National Park's Snowy Backcountry Found

A young Missouri man who became disoriented in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park during an early season snowstorm was led out of the park Thursday by rangers and taken to an Estes Park, Colorado, medical center.

Early Snowstorm Gives Rocky Mountain National Park Mid-Winter Look

Nothing like a fall snowstorm to make it look like the middle of winter in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Monocacy National Battlefield Releases iPad App

You can add Monocacy National Battlefield in Maryland to the number of places that can proclaim, "There's an app for that!"

Fort Hancock Days, A Celebration Of This Historic Fort's Past, To Be Marked at Gateway National Recreation Area

They'll turn the calendar back to 1943 at Gateway National Recreation Area this weekend when volunteers demonstrate how Fort Hancock's battery's were manned and operated during World War II.

125th Anniversary Celebration for Statue of Liberty Blends History and High-Tech

The Statue of Liberty celebrates a significant anniversary on October 28 with a day-long special event that acknowledges Lady Liberty's history…and launches some impressive high-technology additions to the site.

BLM In Position To Issue 20-Year Moratorium On Uranium Mining Around Grand Canyon National Park

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials on Wednesday announced their preference to extend a moratorium on uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park for 20 years. After a 30-day waiting period, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be able to sign off on the plan.

Reader Participation Day: Is The Current Level Of Visitation To National Parks A Concern?

Latest visitation figures show that tourism to the National Park System dipped somewhat in 2010, dropping from 285.5 million in 2009 to 281.3 million last year. Is that a concern?

Acadia National Park Transitioning From Summer To Winter Seasons

With the calendar about to run out of days for October, the folks at Acadia National Park are getting ready to transition out of their summer mode and into winter mode.

California Photographer Wins Lassen Volcanic National Park Photo Contest

A photographer from California who captured an intriguing photo of cinder cones in Lassen Volcanic National Park has been named the winner of the park's 2012 annual photo pass contest.

Call To Action: Growing The National Park System

If the National Park System is to expand, and it surely will continue to do so, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis believes his agency should recommend a more methodical approach, one that takes into consideration not just natural resources but also human stories.

Tree Falls Block Scenic Parkway In Redwood National And State Parks

Someone Paul Buyanesque in stature sure would be handy at Redwood National and State Parks, where the toppling of four massive trees has blocked access to roughly 8 miles of the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

Mexico, United States Pledge To Work Together on Conservation Plan For Big Bend/Rio Bravo Region

More than 60 years after U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mexican President Manuel Avila Camacho envisioned a conservation partnership to manage the rich region along Big Bend National Park, and Mexico's Rio Bravo region, efforts are under way to bring that vision to fruition.

Public Input Sought On Glen Canyon Dam Operations And Their Impact on Grand Canyon National Park

As the National Park Service and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation continue to search for a compromise over water flows from the Glen Canyon Dam and into the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park, the public is now being given opportunities to weigh in on the matter.

NPCA Officials Pushing For Transfer Of Valles Caldera National Preserve To National Park Service

Valles Caldera National Preserve is an ecologically rich 89,000-acre swath of land in New Mexico, one with a long human history and with a spectacular history of volcanism. And it's an area that National Parks Conservation Association officials believe would best be served as a unit of the National Park System.
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