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Businesses That Rely On National Parks And Their Settings Fear Coming Sequestration Impacts

Businesses that rely on national parks and their settings voiced concern Thursday over how the coming federal budget sequestration will affect their operations and the economies in their areas.

Spring Field Courses Bring Yosemite And Hetch Hetchy Valleys Into Focus At Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a big, and possibly daunting, park. And yet, it harbors many enticing settings and experiences. And if you've only got a day or two to spend in the park, you might consider seeking some help in finding those settings and experiences.

First Confirmed Sighting Of Rare Whooping Cranes At Natchez Trace Parkway

National Park Service sites are great places to enjoy watching wildlife, so it pays to be alert for unusual birds and animals during any park visit. Even the most avid bird-watcher would have been surprised, however, by sightings last month of three adult whooping cranes at the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Exploring And Camping On Ocracoke Island At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Ocracoke in Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a jewel on an island with many attractions. If you want to camp on the beach, you should make reservations now.

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Struggles With Need To Use Explosives For Over-Snow Access

At Glacier National Park, exactly when in summer the Going-to-the-Sun Road will be open end-to-end is hard to predict, due to the heavy snows that fall along the Continental Divide there. In Yellowstone National Park, a schedule determines when the road over Sylvan Pass will open, and park crews try to adhere to it with artillery rounds.

Yellowstone National Park's Concessions Contract Awarded to Xanterra Parks & Resorts

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been selected to operate the majority of the concession business in Yellowstone National Park during the next 20 years.

Rebuilding After Sandy: How The National Park Service Is Putting The Pieces Back Together Again

Today, four months after Hurricane Sandy battered and bruised the Eastern Seaboard, the disarray the storm delivered across many units of the National Park System continues to be cleaned up. Some damage remains to be discovered. And though summer remains months away, some units will be severely challenged to be fully operational by Memorial Day.

Major NPS Concession Prospectuses Expected During 2013

The National Park Service expects to release several dozen concession prospectuses during the current year. These range from small contracts such as guided horseback rides in Grand Teton National Park that generated $14,000 in 2011 revenues to the long awaited concession for most of the business operations in Yosemite National Park that in 2011 generated revenues of $132 million
Birding the Southwestern National Parks (W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series) Just in case I wasn’t aware that I very badly need to do more birding in the Southwest, a copy of Birding the Southwestern National Parks by former Park Service employee Roland Wauer arrived in my mailbox. Now I find myself checking plane fare to Las Vegas, El Paso, and Los Angeles. This may be one of the most expensive book reviews I’ve ever written.

National Parks In Northern Arizona Celebrate Archaeology Month Throughout March

Archaeology will be the topic of discussion throughout March in national monuments in northern Arizona.

Omnes Relinquite Spes, O Vos Intrantes

A tour of a recent recreation vehicle show proves that you really don't need to leave home without (fill in the blank).

National Park Service Enjoined By Court From Forcing Oyster Farm Out Of Point Reyes National Seashore

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked the National Park Service from forcing an oyster farm out of Point Reyes National Seashore and scheduled a hearing on the dispute for May.

Interior Secretary, National Park Service Director Lament Looming Budget Cuts

Fewer rangers for search-and-rescue missions, closed campgrounds, and possibly more devastating forest fires are facing the National Park Service as a result of the looming budget fiasco, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said Monday.

Academy Award Video Feature / Richmond's Starring Role in Lincoln—A Video Tour Of Oscar-Quality Locations

Daniel Day-Lewis turned in an Oscar Award-winning performance as Lincoln, but Richmond Virginia’s supporting role as the location where Lincoln was filmed will also wow the crowds. Take this short video tour that showcases Spielberg’s Richmond sets for insight into Lincoln the movie, and Lincoln the man.

Tune In To Black History Month Panel Discussion With Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson

A panel discussion on the history of Buffalo Soldiers and their role in the early days of the National Park System will be carried on the Internet on Wednesday.

Grand Canyon National Park Ranger Honored As Park Service's Top Ranger

A Grand Canyon National Park ranger, one who you might see dangling from a helicopter to help an injured visitor, has been honored as the National Park Service's top ranger.

Yellowstone National Park 'Crowdsources' Visitor Photos To Help Study Wolf Disease, Dynamics

The next time you visit Yellowstone National Park and manage to snap a great wolf photo, you could also be helping researchers as they monitor everything from infectious diseases to breeding habits among the elusive animals.

Parks Beyond Borders: A European View On The Importance of Wildlife in Wilderness

Vlado Vancura, Conservation Manager for Europe's pro-wilderness PAN Parks organization, says, "Large carnivores are essential for landscape-level ecological restoration as well as for the restoration of other highly interactive species and the dynamism of natural processes. Large predators are critically important elements of wilderness."

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Receiving Political Push-Back On Backcountry Fee

It's not on the same scale as the Boston Tea Party, but the sentiment is there: Don't tax us for using the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Enjoying Big Bend National Park: A Friendly Guide to Adventures for Everyone (W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series) Anyone heading to Big Bend National Park in Texas for the first time would benefit from a guidebook to suggest ways to enjoy the park, and Enjoying Big Bend National Park, A Friendly Guide To Adventures for Everyone moves you in that direction.

Windows On Nature: The Ten Best National Park Webcam Sites In America

Webcams provide us with windows on the world. They allow armchair travelers to follow activity outside a Dublin pub, monitor traffic on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, and check on what’s happening at the International Space Station. Webcams also provide windows on nature, some of the best of which comes by way of cameras stationed in our national parks.

Python Challenge 2013 Results Offer Help For Florida Parks – And Bad News For Pythons

The results of Python Challenge 2013, a multi-agency effort that offered cash prizes to promote the removal of non-native Burmese pythons from the greater Everglades area in southern Florida, are now in the books. Although the end result was bad news for exotic pythons, winners included the successful hunters, scientists and parks—and three lucky snakes.

Updated: Yellowstone National Park Winter-Use Plan Favors "Transportation Events" For Snowmobiles, Snowcoaches

A preferred winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park revolves around "transportation events" to control the daily numbers of snowcoaches and snowmobiles negotiating the park's roads.

Staples Has A Notebook For Your National Park Musings

Imagine: A 21st-century note-taking system that doesn't require batteries, won't break if you drop it, and stuffs in your back pocket during national park jaunts.

Dinosaur National Monument's Split Mountain Campground Group Sites Can Be Reserved On-Line

Group campsites at Dinosaur National Monument's Split Mountain Campground in Utah can now be reserved on-line for spots during the peak months of mid-April through early October.

Voyageurs National Park Has Three New Shelters For Snowmobilers, Skiers, And Snowshoers

Snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, and even snowshoers can warm up in Voyageurs National Park now that three shelters have been assembled along the park's snowmobile trails.

Death Valley National Park Earns International Dark Sky Park Recognition

Death Valley National Park has joined Big Bend National Park and Natural Bridges National Monument as the only units of the National Park System to gain gold certification as an International Dark Sky Park.

58 -- Make That 59 -- Before 18!

Alisa and Bill Goldstein dreamed up a crazy idea in 2009 while visiting Yosemite National Park. Along with their sons, Luke and Winston, they decided to try to visit all 58 national parks before the boys turned 18. Well, they're on their way. Recently we caught up with them to check on their progress and got the following report.

Contract Issued For Repairs To Newfound Gap Road In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If all goes as planned, you'll be able to cross Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Newfound Gap Road by mid-May, the date set for completion of repairs to a stretch of road swept away by landslide in January.

Opponents To Backcountry Fees At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Seeking Counties' Support

Opponents to the backcountry fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are trying to line up the support of county officials surrounding the park.