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Should Phone Company Be Allowed To Raise 80-Foot Tower Inside Glacier National Park?

CenturyLink, the phone company previously known as Qwest Communications, is seeking approval to erect a roughly 80-foot-tall telecommunications tower inside Glacier National Park at the park's St. Mary administrative area.

New Second-Generation Superintendent at Great Sand Dunes National Park Returns to Her Roots

Father-daughter duos as National Park Service superintendents are a bit unusual, but Lisa Carrico will bring some uniquely personal connections to the job when she assumes her new post early next month at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Interior Secretary Salazar Withdraws 1 Million Acres Around Grand Canyon National Park From Hardrock Mining

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar moved today to withdraw more than 1 million acres surrounding Grand Canyon National Park from hard-rock mining.

Recalling What Winter's Supposed To Look Like In Yosemite National Park

The winter of 2011-2011 has gotten off to a veerryyyy slow start in Yosemite National Park, with the Tioga Road still open in early January and climbers reaching the top of a snowless Half Dome. Fortunately, park videographer Steve Bumgardner reached into his vault to create this special feature that shows winter as it's supposed to be in the Range of Light.

Wilderness At Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument: A Challenge To Manage These Days

One of the most trampled units of the National Park System is Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southwestern Arizona, where drug runners, illegal immigrants, and pursuing Border Patrol and Park Service agents have zigzagged through the monument's wilderness. But, as Organ Pipe officials note in the following article, plans are being made to restore the resource.

Traveler's Checklist: De Soto National Memorial

DESOTO - Living History camp
De Soto National Monument is the park unit that commemorates the earliest event in American history. Though the site is only 30 acres, there's a lot to do for every member of the family.

House GOP Expected To Resume Push To Exempt Border Patrol From Environmental Laws Across National Parks

When Congress returns to Washington later this month, watch for Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee to resume a push to exempt the Border Patrol from a wide variety of environmental and National Park Service regulations.

Civil War Trust Releases 'Droid App For the Battle Of Bull Run at Manassas National Battlefield

While the best way to tour Manassas National Battlefield is with a park interpreter, a second option is with the "Bull Run Battle App" developed for Android smartphones by the Civil War Trust.

Yellowstone National Park Extends String of 3-Million-Visitor Years

Strong economy or weak economy, Yellowstone National Park is proving to be a strong attraction, as the park in 2011 attracted more than 3 million visitors for the fifth straight year.
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National Park Foundation Sets Up Memorial Fund For Ranger Margaret Anderson's Family

The National Park Foundation has set up a memorial fund to benefit the two young daughters of Ranger Margaret Anderson, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on New Year's Day.

Year's First Ascent of Half Dome Shows How Scarce Snow Is In Yosemite National Park

A climber who reached the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park the other day made a video that shows the spectacular views...and the lack of snow in the High Sierra this winter.

Traveler's View: A Time To Pause In the Parks

We like to think that national parks are just that: serene, picturesque "parks" where we can, if only for a moment or two, escape the ugliness and stress of the world beyond their borders. But as the New Year's Day shooting at Mount Rainier National Park that left a young ranger dead proved only too well, national parks are not always the sanctuaries we'd like them to be.

Forest Fire Burns Across More Than 50 Acres At Cumberland Island National Seashore

A wildfire has spread across more than 40 acres of Cumberland Island National Seashore off the Georgia coast, but officials don't expect it to grow much larger due to rising humidity levels.

Free Cave Tours At Wind Cave National Park Over Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend

If you find yourself in South Dakota during the long Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend, swing by Wind Cave National Park to take one of the free cave tours being offered then.

Mesa Verde National Park, Hoping To Boost Off-Season Visitation, Waives Entrance Fees Through February

Hoping to boost visitation during the slow winter months, officials at Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado are waiving park entrance fees through February.

Mystery Photo 41 Revealed: Caught in a Casement

Imagine the kinetic energy of the impact.

Memorial Service Set For Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson

A memorial service for National Park Service Ranger Margaret Anderson, who was murdered at Mount Rainier National Park on New Year's Day while trying to intercept a man, has been set for Tuesday in Tacoma, Washington.

NPCA Opens Office In St. Paul, Minnesota

The National Parks Conservation Association, which operates a number of offices across the country to stay on top of national park issues, has opened an office in St. Paul, Minnesota, to keep an eye on parks in the Upper Midwest.

Herr's Woodlot At Gettysburg National Military Park Being Trimmed A Bit To Stay Healthy

An historic woodlot that gave a measure of shelter to beaten and battered Confederate soldiers during the battle at Gettysburg is being trimmed a bit to maintain a balance of mixed age timber, according to officials at the military park.

Mystery Photo 41: See You A Round?

Need a confidence booster? We've launched the 2012 Mystery Photo series with an easy one.

Study Says Salt Water Does Not Greatly Impede Burmese Pythons In Everglades National Park

Not only do pythons seem to be getting more and more comfortable in the Florida Everglades, including Everglades National Park, but they don't seem to mind salt water too much, according to a study of the reptiles.

Friends of Acadia Looking For New President and CEO

After 15 years at Friends of Acadia, the last four as president and chief executive officer, Marla O'Byrne is stepping down, a career move that opens up a wonderful position at a great national park.

Rangers Ready To Lead You Into Denali National Park and Preserve This Winter

Rangers are ready to lead you into the landscape of Denali National Park and Preserve on weekends this winter.

CAPTCHA Woes Strike The Traveler

The CAPTCHA gremlins have infiltrated the Traveler! We're aware the system won't allow you to post comments, and we're working to flush out the gremlins.

Civil War Trust Looks Back on Successful 2011 Campaign and Looks Forward to 2012 Challenges

It was just about a year ago that the Civil War Trust embarked on the first year of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War. During that year, the Trust was able to save more than 2,000 acres of hallowed ground.

Tioga Road In Yosemite National Park Still Open

Just before Christmas Beth Pratt filed a report on the Tioga Road still being open through the high country of Yosemite National Park and the wonderful ice skating to be had on Tenaya Lake. She celebrated New Year's by driving the road on January 2, which, until today, marked a record for the latest date the road was open. Here's her latest report.

Early Latino Settlement In Colorado Designated National Historic Landmark

A Latino homestead in Colorado that dates to the mid-19th century has been designated a National Historic Landmark by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Mount Rainier National Park To Remain Closed To Public Until Saturday

Mount Rainier National Park will remain closed to the public until Saturday to allow for park staff to grieve in the wake of the murder of Ranger Margaret Anderson, officials said Tuesday.

Birding in the National Parks: Chasing The Snowy Owl

The United States has been invaded. None of the presidential candidates are talking about it and I haven’t even seen it mentioned on the national news reports yet. Birders, however, are well aware of this invasion and we welcome our new owl overlords.

Summit On Future Of National Parks Coming To Washington Later This Month

An invitation-only conference designed to explore the future of the national parks movement in the United States is coming to Washington, D.C., later this month.