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UPDATED: Economists, Academics Urge President Obama To Protect Public Lands, Create New National Parks

Western public lands are not only an iconic slice of America's national identity, but also a valuable economic driver if properly protected and managed, according to a group of more than 100 economists and academics who want President Obama to set aside more public lands as national parks, monuments, and wilderness areas.

National Park Mystery Photo 39: An Uncommon Configuration

This is an uncommon configuration of something that is not at all uncommon.

Reader Participation Day: Do Your Holiday Plans Include a Visit to a National Park?

The combination of time off from work or school and an appealing destination will entice some Americans to spend at least part of the upcoming holidays in a park. For some it's an annual tradition; for others it's a special, one-time trip. Does a visit to a national park figure into your holiday plans?

Facilities Closing For the Winter At Mammoth Cave National Park

While the cave and its tours will remain open, many of the above-ground facilities at Mammoth Cave National Park are shutting down for the winter.

National Park Service Falls in "Best Places To Work" Rankings

As an agency, the National Park Service is moving in the wrong direction in the annual "Best Places To Work" directory of federal agencies.

House Natural Resources Committee To Hold Hearing On Endangered Species Act

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, concerned that the Endangered Species Act is wasting more money on lawsuits than recovering species, has scheduled a full committee hearing on the act for next week.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Denies Request For Hearing On Restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park

A request by the Restore Hetch Hetchy organization that the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission hold a public hearing on the question of restoring the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park has been denied.

NPS Proposes Adding Five Bikeshare Stations on the National Mall

Are short-term bike rentals one solution for easing traffic congestion around the National Mall in Washington, D.C.? The NPS has proposed allowing five stations on NPS managed property for the growing Capital Bikeshare system, and is accepting public comments for the idea.

Birding in the National Parks: Searching For the Colima Warbler In Big Bend National Park

If you plan to notch your "Big Year," you need to head down to Big Bend National Park to catch a glimpse of the Colima Warbler.

Beginning December 1 You Can Reserve Your Seat On Denali National Park Shuttle Buses

Planning to visit Denali National Park and Preserve next year? Then get ready to make your reservations for a seat on the park's shuttle buses.

Group Pushing Proposal To "Complete" North Cascades National Park

Though it was designated in 1968, North Cascades National Park embraces an incomplete landscape, one that could be made more robust and attractive to visitors with the addition of nearly 238,000 surrounding acres, according to a group pushing for park expansion.

Painting Of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Setting Wins Honors For Arizona Man

An Arizona man whose painting captured the setting along the Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area above Lees Ferry has donated the painting to the NRA's permanent collection.

Glacier National Park Not Taking Lead From Olympic National Park On Mountain Goats

While Olympic National Park is facing a multi-million-dollar lawsuit over the fatal goring of a hiker by a mountain goat and has implemented regulations designed to ward off future run-ins with the goats, at goat-rich Glacier National Park officials are not altering their regulations.

Why The Delay In Designating Official Wilderness In National Parks?

There is a false sense of security in the National Park System surrounding officially designated wilderness. And political actions, or, rather, inaction, demonstrates why there should be concern for the long-term fate of lands with wilderness qualities.

New Winter Opportunities for Visitors to Mesa Verde National Park

Winter can hold new opportunities for visits to Mesa Verde National Park, if the snowfall cooperates. The park plans to groom several trail systems in the park for snowshoeing and skiing, and parts of the Wetherill Road will also be available for ungroomed skiing.

Join A Ranger At Crater Lake National Park For a Snowshoe Trek This Winter

With snow already piling up deep at Crater Lake National Park, park rangers are ready to lead you on snowshoe hikes into the landscape.

By the Numbers: Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the world's largest urban-oriented parks, generates some impressive statistics. Take a look at these numbers.

Counting Cacti At Saguaro National Park

In an ongoing effort to better understand the life cycle of saguaros, and what, if any, threats are fatal to them, Saguaro National Park officials are conducting a saguaro census in the park and are looking for help.

A Potpourri of Suggestions For Visiting The National Park System This Winter

Just because winter is on its way and the weather is turning gray and colder, that doesn't mean there aren't great places to enjoy in the National Park System. Here are some random suggestions.

National Park Mystery Spot 31 Revealed: Big Tree Inside, Lots More Outside

The huge tree rising from the lobby floor isn't real, but there's a real forest of giants just outside.

National Park Service Releases Draft EIS on Transmission Line Across Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Delaware Water Gap NRA

A voluminous evaluation document has been released on the proposed expansion of a power transmission corridor through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Appalachian National Scenic Trail, but the National Park Service has not recommended a direction to go.
The Grand Canyon Reader In a wonderful new book, Lance Newman has compiled an outdoor literary fan's best's best of short stories, essays, and poetry regaling the Grand Canyon. Within the covers you'll find Ed Abbey, John McPhee, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez and more.

New Study Says More Studies Are Needed To Determine Impact of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. At Point Reyes National Seashore

While an oyster company operating at Point Reyes National Seashore seems to be influencing the behavior of harbor seals there, more research is needed to determine a "cause and effect," a new report concludes.

Appellate Court Rules Yellowstone Area Grizzly Bears Should Remain On Endangered Species List

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in finding that grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem should remain a threatened species, has ruled that federal wildlife biologists were wrong when they concluded the decline of whitebark pine trees was not detrimental to the bears' future.

National Park Mystery Spot 31: Walk This Way

There are walks, and then there are walks. This mystery spot offers choices.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Officials Searching For Solution to Non-Native Animals

For more than 1,000 years non-native animals have called the forests of Hawaii home. But those animals -- pigs, deer, goats, and sheep -- are exacting a toll on the native flora and fauna, as well as the landscape, of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where officials are working to hone their strategies for removing the intruders.

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite "Historical" National Park?

Tell us, travelers, which is your favorite "historic" or "historical" unit of the National Park System, and why?

Special Luminaria To Mark Holidays At Mesa Verde National Park

Flickering shadows dancing on the walls of Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park will help usher in the holidays at the park in southwestern Colorado early next month.

Fracking Put On Hold In Delaware River Basin

A decision by the Delware River Basin Commission to postpone a vote on regulations that could open the Delware River Basin to "fracking" for natural gas has been praised by the National Parks Conservation Association.

Historic Hoffman House At Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park To Open For Holidays

On December 10 the Hoffman House, which is associated with the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, will be open to the public.