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"3" Might Not Seem Like Much, But It's A Record For Condor Chicks At Grand Canyon National Park

It's a single digit, one not overly impressive, but when you consider the number of California condor chicks hatched in the wild at Grand Canyon National Park, "three" is record-setting.

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park Offering On-Line Auction To Raise Funds

Coming to your computer on November 18 -- an on-line auction intended to raise money for the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park to help with its work of preserving and protecting the park's resources while also educating visitors.

High Water Table, Wetlands Causing Flooding At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Wet weather this fall has created a problem of standing water at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, where officials say a high water table is responsible. Quick solutions, though, are not readily available, though, as North Carolina laws prevent the park from simply draining the water away.

Canadian Pacific Railway "Holiday Train" Heading For Steamtown National Historic Site

International good will is scheduled to roll into Steamtown National Historic Site late this month when a Canadian Pacific Railway "Holiday Train" comes to visit as part of a food bank drive.

Nature Notes: The Black Oaks Of Yosemite National Park, The Video

In his latest episode of Yosemite Nature Notes, videographer Steven Baumgardner trains his cameras on the mighty black oaks of Yosemite National Park and tells their story.

NPCA Report Paints Somber Portrait Of An Underfunded National Park Service

America is abundantly rich in the "natural assets" found within the National Park System, but inadequate funding by Congress is threatening the core health of that system, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.

Updated: Report Details How Corporate Pressure Seemingly Derailed Plans For a Plastic Bottle Ban at Grand Canyon National Park

A plan that would, in part, showcase the National Park Service's commitment to reduce plastic bottle litter was partially derailed when Coca Cola raised its concerns over the plan with Park Service Chief Jon Jarvis, who blocked a ban on disposable water bottles at Grand Canyon National Park.

National Park Mystery Photo 38 Revealed: A Very Special White Crust

There is a story behind the donkey's white coat.

How Much Did Those New Units Of The National Park System Cost You?

Wondering how much those two new units of the National Park System cost you? Initially, you can place the combined budgets of Fort Monroe National Monument and Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park at possibly as much as $1.4 million...or as little as $725,000.

Early-19th Century Burial Ground Discovered At Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Flordia

An early 19th century burial grounds, with at least six human burials in it confirmed, has been discovered at the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Florida.

Hunter, Thinking He Was In National Forest, Kills Bison Inside Grand Teton National Park

It was a good shot, and a good kill, but the Idaho man who thought he was hunting inside the Bridger-Teton National Forest actually was inside Grand Teton National Park when he killed the bison. And hunting bison in the national park is illegal.

National Park Mystery Photo 38: Not an Ordinary Donkey

Do you know where this very special little donkey is on display, and why?

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival Sweeping Across Cape Hatteras, Cape Lookout National Seashores

Birds, paddling, and photography -- with some history and nature tossed in -- are all part of the 15th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival that's running for the rest of the week along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, including Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout national seashores.

Reader Participation Day: Should Economics Be Considered When Adding Units To The National Park System?

When Fort Monroe National Monument and Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park were added to the National Park System recently, officials touted their economic benefits. Which has the Traveler wondering: Should economics be a factor when considering the merits of potential units of the park system?

October Visitation To Yellowstone National Park Was Good, But Not Record-Setting

More than 175,000 folks visited Yellowstone National Park in October, which was a good number, but not quite record-setting.

Four Men Given Jail Time For Digging Up Gingseng In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Jail terms ranging from 15 days to 120 days were handed to four men convicted of digging ginseng in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Last Entrance-Fee-Free Weekend of The Year On Tap Across National Park System

The final "entrance-fee-free" weekend of the year is coming to the National Park System this weekend, giving you another excuse (if you need one) to get out and visit a park.

Study Points To Great Economic Beneft Of Arches, Canyonlands National Parks and Surrounding Recreational Lands

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican who chairs the House subcommittee that oversees the National Park Service, recently commented that national parks are not money makers. Well, an economic study prepared for one of Utah's congressional districts says otherwise.

Tourmobile Company Closes Shop After Four Decades of Operation in the Nation's Capital

For more than four decades, millions of visitors to National Park Service sites along the National Mall and to Arlington Cemetery have used Tourmobile buses and trams to get around Washington, D.C. That era came to an end last week when the company closed its doors.

Winter Brings Increased Hazards for Wildlife and Humans on Park Roads

Winter, with its lack of crowds in most parks, can be a great season for a visit ... with a caveat. While the need to use caution on snowy and icy highways should be obvious, another potential hazard may not be on your mental radar during a winter drive: wildlife on the roadway.

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Joins National Park System

Four years after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to create Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has signed the paperwork to make it so.

Civil War Trust Reaches Goal To Save Part Of Wilderness Battlefield Near Fredericksburg And Spotsylvania National Military Park

Another vital piece of the Wilderness Battlefield -- the site of the daytime field headquarters of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant -- has been preserved near Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park thanks to the efforts of the Civil War Trust.

Wyoming Congresswoman Proposes Funding Solution For Grand Teton National Park Inholding

In a move aimed at preventing development of roughly one-square-mile of land inside Grand Teton National Park's borders, Wyoming's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives is pushing legislation to allow the Bureau of Land Management to sell more of its public lands.

As A Federal Agent, Carter Niemeyer Killed Wolves For A Living

Mary Roberson's painting Alpha, Alpha, Beta, Omega
Carter Niemeyer has had a hand in killing more American wolves in the Lower 48 states than any wildlife manager in modern history. In the following interview, he discusses his book, "Wolfer," and offers his thoughts on the current state of wolves and wolf management in the Rocky Mountains.

Are Cape Cod National Seashore Dune Shacks Historical, Or Trash?

Can a 19-year-old shack be historically significant? That's a question pitting the National Park Service against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over the fate of six "cottages" Cape Cod National Seashore officials want to demolish.

Bryce Canyon National Park Schedules Open House To Discuss Transportation Plan

How Bryce Canyon National Park can best be served by a transportation plan is a topic up for consideration at the Utah park.

Hiking the Appalachian National Scenic Trail: It Takes More Heart than Heel

APPA - A lake in Maine
Do you have the right stuff to hike the Appalachian National Scenic Trail next year? It's not about the right gear but as Grandma Gatewood said, "it takes more heart than heel."

Group Formulating Plan To Promote Voyageurs National Park to the World

A non-profit organization, Destination Voyageurs National Park, is working to promote the wonders of the national park to far-flung audiences that might not be aware of the park.

Fine Art, Crafts, Writings On Display At Cape Cod National Seashore

As Cape Cod National Seashore nears the end of its 50th anniversary year, visitors to the seashore will be able to enjoy an exhibit of arts, crafts, and writings inspired by Cape Cod.

National Park Service Veteran Put In Charge of Fort Monroe National Monument

A 20-year National Park Service veteran has been tabbed to oversee management of Fort Monroe National Monument in Virginia.