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Updated: President's FY13 $2.6 Billion Budget Request For National Park Service Carries $1 Million Cut

On its face, President Obama's $2.6 billion FY13 budget proposed for the National Park Service appears to keep funding for the agency basically flat from last year, with just a $1 million decline, but the budget continues some disturbing trends for the agency.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Looking To Backcountry User Fee To Improve Services, Protect Resources

As federal dollars flowing out of Washington, D.C., continue to be hard to come by, more and more national park managers are looking towards user fees to make ends meet. At Great Smoky Mountains National Park such a fee for backcountry has brought both commendation and condemnation.

Winter Closure to Interrupt Two Portions of Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway tunnel in winter.
Repairs to two Blue Ridge Parkway tunnels will interdict the high road from mid-February through mid-April between Asheville and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Photos From Across National Park System Highlight Passport To Your National Parks Photo Contest

A wide diversity of photographs, from landscapes of Noatak National Preserve to sites at Shiloh National Military Park, were among the winners selected by Eastern National for its 2012 Passport to Your National Parks® Photo Contest.

Civil War Trust Launches Campaign To Add 77 Acres To Cedar Creek And Belle Grove National Historical Park

Seventy-seven acres in Virginia that saw both a devastating loss to Union forces and a surprising rally against Rebel forces during the Civil War are the focus of a $1.3 million fund-raising campaign launched by the Civil War Trust.

National Park Service Looking For Operator of Grand Teton National Park's Climbers' Ranch

Wanted: Operator for historic lodge nestled in the scenic grandeur of Wyoming's Teton Range. Must assume $70,000 maintenance backlog. Annual revenues pegged at $72,228.

Revisiting the Organic Act: Can It Meet the Next Century’s Conservation Challenges?

Can the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 continue to serve the National Park Service well in its second century? Professor Robert B. Keiter, the Wallace Stegner professor of law at the University of Utah, addresses that question in the following essay.

Denali National Park and Preserve Ponders Increased Plowing of Park Road

Visitors interested in winter activities in Denali National Park and Preserve—and the small number of off-season tourists who just want to see the famous mountain—might have increased opportunities in coming years. The park is considering plowing an additional nine miles of road into the park, and is seeking public input on the idea.

Survey Shows Growth in Mountain Goat Population In Olympic Mountains

The mountain goat population within the Olympic Mountains of Washington state has grown by more than 100 animals to roughly 344 since 2004, according to a U.S. Geological Survey population study, which adds that the population could double in 15 years if the rate of growth stays constant.

Acadia National Park Accepting Applications for Education Interns

Acadia National Park is now accepting applications for interns for its education programs, which provide hands-on experience working with 3rd-8th grade school groups.

National Park Service To Correct Misquote At Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

It won't happen overnight, or perhaps not even by the end of this year, but National Park Service officials are vowing to correct a misquote that's etched into the base of the "Stone of Hope" at the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

ORV Group Files Lawsuit Over Cape Hatteras National Seashore ORV Management Plan

In a move not totally unexpected, the National Park Service has been sued over its plan for managing off-road vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

National Park Mystery Spot 35 Revealed: A Tragic Accident

An accidental explosion killed hundreds at this site.

Traveler's Gear Box: Adventure Medical Kit's SOL Escape Bivvy

None of us ever wants to be caught out in the backcountry in an emergency, but we should nevertheless plan for that scenario by being prepared for the unexpected. And one good piece of gear, along with the usual matches, snacks, compass and mirror, is something to keep you warm and dry in an emergency.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area Fire Truck Part of Guinness World Record Attempt

It's hard to beat a small town parade with lots of fire trucks for an All-American event, but the town of Atoka, Oklahoma, pulled out all the stops recently with an event that should earn a spot in the Guinness World Records. A truck and two firefighters from Chickasaw National Recreation Area were part of the effort, which was all for a worthy cause.

Big Bend National Park Recognized For Its Dark Skies By International Dark-Sky Association

Natural Bridges National Monument was the very first unit of the National Park System to garner recognition for its dark night skies, but it's not the only unit to be appreciated for nighttime clarity. Big Bend National Park is the latest park to be honored by the International Dark Sky Association.

National Park Mystery Spot 35: What Have You Done?

There's a clue on my coffee table.

Windstorm Batters Devils Postpile National Monument, Could Delay Spring Opening of Facilities

A windstorm that left areas of Devils Postpile National Monument littered with life-sized Pick-up Sticks could push back the spring opening of facilities and campgrounds in the monument.

Time To Enter The National Park Trust's "Kids to Parks" Contest

In a move to get today's younger generations more involved in the outdoors, the National Park Trust is sponsoring a contest for kids to explain how best they can explore the outdoors and enjoy parks.

And the Winner Is.....Anon Out West!

Congratulations to Anon Out West, who successfully negotiated Traveler's January puzzlers to win a Ranger Doug retro national parks windshield sticker!

Search Continues For Mountain Lion That Attacked Boy At Big Bend National Park

Rangers continued Wednesday to look for a mountain lion that attacked a young boy in Big Bend National Park and which is thought to have aggressively approached a family out hiking the same day.

Reader Participation Day: What is the Most Romantic Place in the National Park System?

Where's the most romantic place in the National Park System to spend the most romantic day of the year?

'Tis the Season for Scenic Drives and Easy Hikes at Saguaro National Park

Winter and spring are popular seasons for visiting Saguaro National Park, and for good reason. It's a great time of the year to enjoy the Arizona desert, and two "roads less traveled" and a variety of trails offer access to fine desert scenery.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Issues Final Rule Guiding Off-Road Vehicle Management

Years of acrimony over how to regulate off-road vehicle use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are, barring another lawsuit, nearing an end, as final rules governing ORVs on the seashore are set to take effect next week.

How Does Your Congressional Delegation Rank with League of Conservation Voters?

The League of Conservation Voters has released its annual ranking of congressional delegations from around the country, and it's not very pretty for most members of the House of Representatives.

Young Boy Survives Mountain Lion Attack At Big Bend National Park

Several areas of Big Bend National Park have been closed to the public in the wake of a mountain lion attack on a young boy, who received non-fatal injuries to his face.

Find Yourself in Shenandoah National Park

With nearly 400 units of the National Park System, one probably is close enough for you to visit in a day. But how should you organize those visits? Karen Beck-Herzog, the management assistant at Shenandoah National Park, put together the following primer for exploring her park.

Shenandoah National Park Taking Offers For 10-Year Lodging, Retail Concessions Contracts

Might there be a new concessions company running the lodgings and retail outlets at Shenandoah National Park? Stay tuned, as the Park Service recently released a prospectus soliciting proposals for a 10-year concession contract for the park.

National Park Foundation Grant Will Help Preserve Fossils at Dinosaur National Monument

A grant from the National Park Foundation will help officials at Dinosaur National Monument develop a monitoring and preservation plan for 150-million-year-old fossils in the monument's new exhibit hall.

Grand Teton National Park Officials Say Fewer Animals Died in Vehicle Collisions Last Year

Efforts to educate motorists to watch carefully for wildlife on roads seem to be working in Grand Teton National Park, where officials cite a decrease in the number of animal deaths from vehicle collisions.