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Scientific Panel Calls On NPS To Recommit To, And Reemphasize, Science In The Parks

A year-long review of how wildlife management and other sciences are studied in the National Park System has produced a call for the National Park Service to both recommit its staff to the sciences and to reemphasize science in the park system.

NPCA Issues New Graphic Depicting Hardships Budget Cuts Would Impose On National Park System

Imagine if more than a third of the 397 units of the National Park System had to shut down because the Park Service didn't have the money to operate them. That's one example the National Parks Conservation Association is using to illustrate the threat of impending budget cuts on the agency.

Florida, Gulf Coast Parks Ready To Ride Out Tropical Storm Issac

With Tropical Storm Issac taking aim on the Gulf Coast, national parks and seashores in its path are battening down and getting ready to ride out the storm.

San Diego Man Identified As Victim Of Fatal Grizzly Mauling In Denali National Park

A 49-year-old San Diego man has been identified as the victim of a fatal grizzly bear mauling in Denali National Park and Preserve. Park officials also say the bear believed responsible was shot and killed by an Alaska state trooper.

Parks Beyond Borders: NPS and Costa Rican Parks Sign Agreement, Deadly Park Drive in Australia

Corcovado National Park Costa Rica
A round-up of global national park news.

Off-Beat And Unexpected—Assateague Island National Seashore

Most points along the Atlantic shorelines of the United States are polluted by the lights of crowded cities when the sun goes down. When sitting beneath the stars on the fine sands of Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland, you can become distracted by the gleam of lights from Ocean City to the North. But if you peak above, the sky is a pure midnight black with the constellations brightly shining.

Living History Program Rekindles Civil War At Monocacy National Battlefield

One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, the first Confederate invasion of the North occurred in September of 1862 at present-day Monocacy National Battlefield. You can gain a sense of that event next month when Civil War re-enactors set up a Confederate camp at the battlefield.

National Park Friends Group 101

While there are nearly 400 units of the National Park System, there are only about 150 groups today that view themselves as friends groups working to benefit the parks. Interested in creating a friends group, or need help getting your organization out of the blocks? The National Park Foundation is there to help.

Solo Backpacker Fatally Mauled By Grizzly In Denali National Park

A solo backpacker along the Toklat River in Denali National Park has been fatally mauled by a grizzly bear, according to park officials, who added it was believed to be the first fatal mauling in the park's history.

Is A Campsite Reservation System Needed At Voyageurs National Park?

Is a campsite reservation system needed at Voyageurs National Park? That's the question park officials are asking, and in light of the fact that you need a boat to reach the park's campsites, it might be a good one.

Body Of 6-Year-Old Recovered From Merced River In Yosemite National Park

The body of a 6-year-old boy who, along with his 10-year-old brother, was swept down the Merced River in Yosemite National Park on August 15 has been recovered.

National Park Mystery Photo 54 Revealed: A Heavenly Place To Stay

A stately structure in a snowy place with a heavenly name.

Traveler's Gear Box: Snow Peak's "Hozuki" Candle Lanterns

The Hozuki Candle Lantern
Snow Peak's "Hozuki" candle lantern is pretty cool and casts a lot of light, but it's a bit bulky for backpacking. But it's younger siblings, the "minis," solve that problem.

Trails At Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area To Close For A Week

Work to improve the safety of visitors traveling the Yellow Cliff Horse Trail and Salt Pine Trail in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee will require that the trails be closed to the public next week.

Grand Teton National Park Officials Considering Redevelopment Of Colter Bay Village

Grand Teton National Park officials are planning to redevelop the Colter Bay Village area of the park.

National Park Mystery Photo 54: Part Of A Big Building

You’d find this one a whale of a lot easier if you could see the setting of the building.

Nike Nuclear Missile En Route To Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park soon will have its very own nuclear missile. A decommissioned one, that is.

Better Sanitation Called For At Curry Village In Yosemite National Park After Deadly Hantavirus Case

The death from hantavirus of a Californian who had stayed at Curry Village in Yosemite National park has led to a call for better sanitation and inspection of the popular village in the Yosemite Valley.

CAPTCHA Woes Are A Thing Of The Past On The Traveler...Hopefully

Here at the Traveler we've taken a small step, appearance-wise, to make commenting easier: We've gotten rid of the CAPTCHA process.

Discriminating Explorer: Enjoy Western National Parks With Tips From National Park Friends Groups

August is on the run, but that doesn't mean the time to get the most out of your favorite national park in the western part of the country has passed by. Take the following tips from friends groups in Big Bend, Glacier, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone national parks to heart and you'll create years of memories.

Reader Participation Day: Which National Park Destination Would You Prefer This Fall?

Tell us, Travelers, where would you prefer to spend your fall vacation in the National Park System?

Staff At Crater Lake National Park Beats The Odds And Saves A Life

The odds of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest are dismally low, especially if the crisis occurs in a remote location. A visitor to Crater Lake National Park last month beat those odds, thanks to a combination of good staff training and modern medical care. It was a situation where every link in the "chain of response and treatment" worked to perfection.

Human Remains Found In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Human remains found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are thought to be those of a man who went missing in the park this past March.

Taking America’s National Parks Back To School

Have you started your back-to-school shopping yet? You might consider sending your kids to class with the national parks, or at least images of the parks.

King Salmon Spotted Migrating Back Into Olympic National Park

The kings are back. Less than five months after the Elwha Dam was taken down, king salmon have been spotted migrating back up the Elwha River and into Olympic National Park.

Grand Teton National Park Foundation Lands $25,000 Grant From Coca-Cola For Youth Conservation Program

Teens will be put to work improving trails in Grand Teton National Park thanks, in part, to a $25,000 grant the Coca-Cola Company has presented to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

Changes Coming To Recreation.Gov, Said To Make Reservation Process Easier

In a move the Obama administration believes will make the reservation of activities on public lands easier, a makeover has been made to the reservations portal,

72 Aboard Sightseeing Ship At Glacier Bay National Park Rescued After It Hits Rock

With help from the Coast Guard, the National Park Service, and a commercial cruise ship, nearly 80 people were safely rescued from a sightseeing ship at Glacier Bay National Park that began taking on water after apparently hitting a rock.

The Blue Ridge Parkway's Linn Cove Viaduct: 25 Years As An Iconic National Park Experience

Linn Cove Viaduct in Fall.
The Blue Ridge Parkway's iconic Linn Cove Viaduct will have been wowing motorists for 25 years on September 11th, 2012. After decades of controversy over the long-waited, much delayed completion of the road on Grandfather Mountain, the Parkway was done. But the classic postcard views—and even TV commercials—were still in the future for the most spectacular section of “America’s Most Scenic Road.”

Lassen Volcanic National Park Still Open Despite Forest Fire

Though a forest fire covering nearly 30,000 acres is burning in parts of Lassen Volcanic National Park in California, many areas of the park remain open to the public.