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Updated: National Park Service Says Looming Sequestration Will Impact Visitors, Shorten Hours Of Operations In Park System

Failure by Congress and the White House to avert a budget sequestration by March 1 will force the National Park Service to reduce visitor services, shorten hours of operation, and possibly even close areas to the public, according to Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.
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Updated: National Park Concessionaires Want Expanded Cellphone, Internet Service In The Parks

Calling spotty, and in many places non-existent, cellphone and Internet service in the National Park System a possible "irritant that adversely shapes memories of a park visit," the National Park Hospitality Association is pushing the National Park Service to greatly expand the service across the system.

Rocky Mountain National Park Unveils Centennial Logo

Rocky Mountain National Park's centennial will be observed in 2015, and the park is gearing up for the big event. A contest for a logo for the celebration has been concluded, and the winning design has been revealed.

Rocky Mountain National Park Looking For VIPs

Do you enjoy national parks, consider yourself a good communicator, and live near Rocky Mountain National Park? If so, the park could use you, as it has a number of openings in its summer volunteer program.

Everglades National Park Looking For Volunteers To Pull Weeds This Saturday

Interested in lending a hand at Everglades National Park? On Saturday park staff will be looking for volunteers to help with removing invasive plants in the "Hole" in the Donut restoration area.

Petrified Forest National Park's First Park Geology Map Is A Hit

The process has taken over three decades, but Petrified Forest National Park now has its first published geological map—and in the world of rocks, it's a star

Jewel In The Desert: Kelso Depot At Mojave National Preserve

Kelso Depot, fully restored and back in business, is a great reason by itself to visit Mojave National Preserve in the California desert.

Haleakalā Silversword Plant Could Be Doomed By Climate Change

Climate change continues to hover over various iconic aspects of the National Park System -- the glaciers in Glacier National Park, Joshua Trees at Joshua Tree National Park, and now perhaps the Haleakalā silversword plant at Haleakalā National Park in Hawaii.
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada If there aren't already enough choices to make when it comes to deciding where to go in the U.S. National Park System, along comes National Geographic with its Guide to the National Parks of Canada. It's akin to rolling out the pastry cart once you've already settled on the Crème brûlée.

Cost To Rebuild Newfound Gap Road In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Could Reach $7 Million

Estimates to rebuild the severed Newfound Gap Road across Great Smoky Mountains National Park range from $3 million to $7 million, with construction expected to begin late next month or in March.

Interior Secretary Orders National Park Service To Better Manage National Mall

The nation's front yard -- the National Mall in Washington, D.C. -- is hammered pretty hard each year by more than 25 million visitors. To reduce their impact on the grassy expanse, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has directed the National Park Service to better manage the promenade that stretches from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol.

Birding In The National Parks: Acadia Birding Festival

Most of the United States has now passed the coldest (by average) depth of winter, so it seems appropriate to take a look at places to book some spring birding adventures in the national parks. One spot always comes to minds when I think of late spring, birds, and national parks -- Acadia National Park

Canadian Parks Advocacy Group Pushing Government For Better Marine Stewardship

Canada's government is lagging behind much of the world when it comes to protecting marine areas along the country's borders, according to the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Grand Teton National Park Rangers Recover Body Of Skier Killed In Avalanche

Grand Teton National Park rangers on Monday worked to recover the body of a Jackson, Wyoming, man killed by an avalanche the day before.

Yosemite National Park's Merced River Plan Tries To Balance Recreation And Preservation

As Yosemite National Park officials work to draw up a defensible plan for managing visitors in the Yosemite Valley, they are striving to delicately balance preservation of resources against recreation.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Proposes Higher Campground Fee Due To New Water System

Is a reliable water source at the Dunewood Campground in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore worth $3 a night to you? If so, then you probably won't mind the lakeshore's proposed increase in camping fees at the campground.

Trails We Can Still Hike: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Historic wheel on the Boogerman Trail, Danny Bernstein photo
The landslide on Newfound Gap Road (US 441) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed the North Carolina side of the road indefinitely. This is the time to explore other entrances into the park to find good winter hikes.

NPCA Backs Call For Ban On Assault Weapons

Four years after it lobbied hard against a proposal to allow national park visitors to arm themselves with firearms, the National Parks Conservation Association is backing a move to block assault weapons sales.

Parks Beyond Borders / Video Feature: Peterson Cay National Park, Just One Of Many Parks In The Bahamas

Check out this short video about a trip to Peterson Cay National Park in the Bahamas. If you’re a cruiser and haven’t scoured the excursion list for the chance to visit a national park somewhere in the world—definitely start looking. It’s a best-kept-secret option as I found out with a kayak trip to the smallest of the twenty-seven parks in the 900-island nation.

NPS Cultural Landscapes Explained And Featured On This Website

History buffs and students working on a class report are among potential users of a website that features cultural landscapes in the National Park System. Not with familiar the term "cultural landscapes"? This site can help fill in the gaps.

Exploring The Engine House At Golden Spike National Historic Site

Venture into the engine house at Golden Spike National Historic Site and you'll walk into the past, surrounded by steam engines and the men that keep them running.

Civil War Battlefields Gain Ground With New Grants

On January 22, 2013, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced the award of more than $1.8 million in grants to help with 310.79 acres of land acquisition at six Civil War battlefields. Those sites are Mansfield, Louisiana; Appomattox Court House, Virginia; Cedar Mountain, Virginia; Chancellorsville, Virginia; Sailor’s Creek, Virginia and Buckland Mills, Virginia.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Implement Backcountry Fee In February

Planning to backpack through Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Beginning February 13 you'll need to pay for the privilege as the park implements a user fee to help cover costs for managing its backcountry program.

Exploring The National Park System's Underbelly

While white-nose syndrome continues to plague bats in the country's cave systems, there nevertheless are quite a few underground tours you can take in the National Park System, tours that not only will show off these unique resources but also provide education on the disease.
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Shenandoah National Park Developing Vision For Loft Mountain Wayside

How best can the Loft Mountain Wayside in Shenandoah National Park serve park visitors? That's the question park staff are working on with help from the Shenandoah National Park Trust.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Has No Timetable For Rebuilding Newfound Gap Road

While engineers have completed their initial assessment on the blown-out section of the Newfound Gap Road across Great Smoky Mountains National Park, they have no timetable yet for when the road will be rebuilt and open for traffic.

Exploring Glacier National Park's Jagged Peaks, Mountain Lakes, And Wild Goats Via The Gunsight Pass Trail

We’re just seconds beyond the sign at the start of the Gunsight Pass Trail that reads “Entering Grizzly Country” when Nate, who’s a month shy of his tenth birthday, begins aggressively making the case for why he should be armed.

Could National Park Service's Plans For Corporate Licensing Agreements Exploit The Parks?

National Park Service officials are striving to see the agency is justly compensated for any commercial technologies that arise from natural resources found in the park system, but could their approach lead to "exploitation" of the parks?

Upgraded Web Catalog Offers On-line Peeks Into National Park Service's Extensive Museum Collections

Museum collections in National Park Service sites across the country include an amazing variety and mind-boggling number of items. Thanks to an expanding Web Catalog on the NPS Museum Collections website, it's now possible to search for and view thousands of images and records from those collections.

Shifting Sands On Cumberland Island National Seashore Reveal Remains Of Mid-1800s Shipwreck

High seas and pounding surf have revealed a piece of the past at Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia, where a shipwreck thought to date to the mid-1800s has surfaced.