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Public Meetings This Week To Address Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks' Trout Removal Plans

Three public meetings are scheduled this week to discuss plans to restore the health of high-country aquatic ecosystems in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks by removing non-native trout from them.

Communities Step Forward To Help Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Through Winter

Communities near Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are standing ready to help the park operate as close to normal as possible this winter, which means the popular "ice caves" could be more easily accessible if the ice allows.

Exploring The Parks: George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

On a warm, early fall day with brilliant sunshine and the Wabash River glistening as it flowed past the large limestone and granite building that locals affectionately call “The Memorial,” I stopped to visit George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.

Star-Gazing Event At Joshua Tree National Park On November 23

Heads will be tilted back and eyes gazing overhead on November 23 at Joshua Tree National Park when the park, in partnership with Celestron Telescopes, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, American Park Network, and the Joshua Tree National Park Association, hosts an astronomy event.

Traces Of Gold Along Chesapeake And Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Gold deposits, many of us assume, are found in the Rocky Mountains or Sierra Range, not along the Eastern Seaboard. But there was a time when gold fever reigned along the Chesapeake and Ohio towpath.

Gettysburg Railroad Station Acquired By Gettysburg Foundation For National Park Service

Though Congress has yet to act on legislation to allow the National Park Service to acquire the Gettysburg Railroad Station, the Gettysburg Foundation has reached an agreement to purchase the station.

Campground Fees Rising At Buffalo National River

Citing the rising cost of doing business and tighter budgets, Buffalo National River officials have increased the fees for camping along the national river.

Ask A Former National Park Superintendent

Do you have a national park question in search of an answer? Ask Costa Dillon, a recently retired park superintendent.

What Did The Colorado Plateau Look Like 250 Million Years Ago?

What did the Colorado Plateau look like 250 million years? That's a question geologists hope to shed some light on via an ambitious project that is pulling rock cores up from as much as 1.5 kilometers down into the plateau's belly.

Grand Teton National Park Biologists Wondering How To Deal With Non-Native Mountain Goats

While many long to see mountain goats in the wild, at Grand Teton National Park biologists are trying to figure out how to deal with non-native goats that pose a threat to the park's bighorn sheep.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Moving To Winter Schedule

With November halfway gone, it should come as no surprise that winter is in the offing. And at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials have recognized the changing seasons by releasing their winter operating schedule.

Holiday Open House At Mesa Verde National Park Set For December 5

The soft glow of luminarias will guide visitors through some of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park on December 5 when the park holds its Holiday Open House.

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite Winter Event/Activity In The National Park System?

Visit Mesa Verde National Park in December and you can experience cliff dwellings by the soft glow of luminarias. Head to Yosemite National Park later in the month and you can feast at The Ahwahnee. But what other winter events are there that interest you?

Dead Mountain Lion Shows Highways Turning Santa Monica Mountains NRA Into Genetic Island

Bottled-up genetics lead to problems, as evidenced by the inbreeding woes of the wolves at Isle Royale National Park. Though mountain lions that roam Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area aren't as inbred as those wolves, the lack of genetic diversity is a growing concern.

Photography In The National Parks: Shooting From The Car, Is It The Best Way To Get The Money Shot?

Is it unethical to photograph park wildlife from your car?

Yellowstone National Park Proposing Changes To Pack Trip Operations

Yellowstone National Park officials are proposing some changes to their outfitted pack trip regulations. Some would allow park officials to close areas of the backcountry to stock use if impacts are great.

Drive Under Way In Colorado To Gain License Plate Honoring Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado motorists might soon have the option of showing their support for Rocky Mountain National Park on their license plates.

Natchez Trace Parkway Ranger Honored For Interpretive Excellence

A ranger who worked with Native American tribes with ties to the Natchez Trace to create interpretive programs has been honored by the National Park Service for interpretive excellence.

New Video Celebrates America's Wilderness And Cultural Ties To It

The value of wilderness can be defined in many ways. In the following video produced by the National Park Service, the cultural side of wilderness is explored through the Mojave tribe.

Winter Access To Mount Rainier National Park Will Be Seven Days A Week

With winter coming on, Mount Rainier National Park lovers will be glad to hear that the park will be open seven days a week this year beginning in late December.

Friends Of Acadia Involved Seven Teachers In Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program This Year

"Teacher-Ranger-Teacher" programs are valuable aspects of understanding and interpreting the wonders of the National Park System. At Acadia National Park this year, seven teachers were involved in the program thanks to Friends of Acadia.

Panther Festival Brings Attention To Endangered Florida Panther

The world of the Florida panther will be celebrated later this month during the Third Annual Florida Panther Festival, a family-friendly event designed to shed light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through unique interactive activities.

Traveler Housekeeping, Please Take Note

It's been quite a month or so here at National Parks Traveler, with a new look and new features to grow your national parks community.

Walking Le Chemin De St. Jacques In France - How Can You Do It?

A pilgrim and his donkey
Le Chemin de St. Jacques, also known as GR 65, is a 440-mile trail in France, leading to the El Camino in Spain. How can you start planning for your walk through SW France?

Early 20th Century Lighthouse Keeper's Logbook Given To Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Lost pages from the past recently were presented to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the form of a lighthouse keeper's log book from the early 20th century.

Trust For The National Mall Releases Smartphone App For World War II Memorial

The next time you visit the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., you can take a guide to the World War II Memorial on your smartphone, thanks to the Trust for the National Mall.

Exploring The Parks: Seeing Zion National Park From A Different Perspective

Nearly 3 million visitors explored Zion National Park last year...but they saw only a fraction of it.

New Website Offers Weather Forecasts And Current Conditions For The Blue Ridge Parkway

An important question for travelers on the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially in the winter, is "How's the weather?" The Parkway is open year-round, with one important caveat: "As long as snow or ice do not create dangerous driving conditions." Now, thanks to a new website,, it's possible to get real-time weather conditions and forecasts for multiple locations along the popular roadway before you decide to go for a drive.

Around The Parks: Holidays In Yellowstone, Smokies Trail Work, And Native American Month

A glance around the national parks shows opportunities to spend the year-end holidays in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley, Native American celebrations at Grand Canyon National Park, and trail work at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Section Of Blue Ridge Parkway To Close Next Week

A section of Blue Ridge Parkway just north of Asheville, North Carolina, will close next week so work can resume on stabilizing the road bed.