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Predictions for the 2009 Wildfire Season

Firefighter and brush fire.
What might 2009 hold for wildfires, in parks and other areas? Experts at the National Interagency Fire Center have issued a fire season outlook for the next several months that provides an educated guess.

Castle Rock Cut at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Open For Boaters

Lake Powell boaters can now access the Castle Rock Cut, which has been opened after workers deepened the cut.

Rocky Mountain National Park Crews Battling Bark Beetles With Insecticide

To what lengths should national parks go to combat climate change? Do such efforts run contrary to the National Park Service's mission, to let natural processes run their course? And in some cases, are those efforts akin to turning back a flood with a rake?

Looking For Lodging: the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway attracts more visitors than any other unit of the National Park System. Which makes this guide to lodging along the parkway so valuable.

H1N1 Flu, You, and the National Parks

Is the swine flu, er is the H1N1 flu a real threat to you, or is it being blown out of proportion due to the 24-hour news cycle? Good question, but regardless the National Park Service has tips for staying flu-free in the National Park System.

Building with Notorious History in Death Valley National Park Burns in Mysterious Fire

Remains of the Barker Ranch.
Some otherwise ordinary sites achieve notoriety in unlikely ways. That was the case with the Barker Ranch in Death Valley National Park, which burned under mysterious circumstances earlier this week. Its link with history? Charles Manson.

Here's the Latest on Road and Campground Openings in Glacier National Park

There's expected to be better access in Glacier National Park this weekend thanks to the hard-working plow crews, and, as a result, campgrounds are slowly beginning to open.

Got Pics? "Share the Experience Photo Contest" Offers Some Great Prizes

Photographer at work.
If you can take a top-notch photo sometime this year while visiting one of America's national parks or other federal public lands, you may be interested in a photo contest that offers some great prizes.

New Yorker Climbing Mount McKinley in Denali National Park Dies on West Buttress

A 61-year-old New Yorker collapsed and died, apparently of natural causes, while being guided to the top of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve. William Hearne died Thursday after his team hauled gear to 13,500 feet.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Releases Final EIS on Restoring Elkmont Historic District

A slice of the past will be preserved, and a larger slice removed, under Great Smoky Mountains National Park's plans for restoring the Elkmont Historic District.

Secretary Salazar Announces Plan to Open Statue of Liberty Crown to the Public

Continuing on his whirlwind work schedule, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has cut through all the security red tape of the Bush administration and announced that the public once again will be able to climb all the way to the crown of the Statue of Liberty.

Special NPS Events for Railroad Buffs May 9th and 10th

Recreation of the historic East Meets West photo.
Fans of trains and national parks have opportunities for special activities in a number of cities across the country on May 9 and 10, 2009.

Grand Teton, Yellowstone National Parks Offering Migratory Bird Day Activities

What better day to go on a ranger-led tour of birding sites in Grand Teton or Yellowstone national parks than on International Migratory Bird Day?

Obama Budget Proposes $2.7 Billion National Park Service Budget

President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal 2010 budget includes $2.7 billion for the National Park Service, a $171 million increase from FY09. Within that total is $68 million for use in buying private property inside national park boundaries.

Mark Your Calendars: ABC TV's 20/20 To Explore Billing Search-and-Rescue Subjects This Friday

Talk about whether search-and-rescue subjects should be charged by their rescuers is getting a lot of attention lately. On Friday, ABC TV's 20/20 will raise that question.

National Research Council Blasts Park Service Report on Oyster Farming at Point Reyes National Seashore

National Park Service reports on the impacts of commercial oyster farming at Point Reyes National Seashore were skewed, "selectively" manipulated in several areas, and inconclusive overall, according to a National Research Council review.
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A Tough Week for Hikers and Mule Riders at Grand Canyon National Park

Short haul rescue at Grand Canyon. NPS photo.
It's been a tough week or so for hikers, mule riders and rescue teams at Grand Canyon National Park. During a 6-day span, a hiker fell off a trail and a rider was injured in an accident on a mule trip. Both required rescue via a park helicopter.

Two Special Bird Walks Offered in May at Fire Island National Seashore

Birding at Fire Island.
In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, Fire Island National Seashore in New York is offering a special three-hour ranger-guided tour at 9:00 a.m on Saturday, May 9, followed on Sunday, May 17 by a "Peak of Spring Migration" Bird Walk.

Fire in the Hole! Explosives Help Uncover Fossils At Dinosaur National Monument

In a field that often employs paint brushes and dental picks to unlock fossils from their encasing rock, you'd think explosives would be the last tool paleontologists at Dinosaur National Monument would reach for. But, actually, it can come in quite handy when you have hundreds of tons of overburden to remove.

Rooms Available for The Summer At Zion National Park -- At Least Right Now

If you've ever wanted to visit Zion National Park, and stay in Zion Canyon, now is the time to make that reservation. Zion Lodge officials say advance bookings are down, which is good news for travelers.

National Park Quiz 53: Castles

Castles here, castles there, castles everywhere. If you know your national park castles, you’ll do just fine on this week’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Medieval castle walls have visually distinctive battlements featuring alternating crenels and merlons.”

Mammoth Cave National Park Tours Not Affected By White-Nose Syndrome

White-nose syndrome continues to be a serious problem in many bat populations in eastern states. Fortunately, the disease has not appeared at Mammoth Cave National Park, and the underground tours are continuing as usual.

Floods Sweeping Gateways to Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Unusually warm weather, coupled with a higher-than-normal snow pack and higher-than-normal ice buildup, is causing flooding problems for the gateway communities of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

New Feature: Email Traveler Stories To Your Friends

To make it easier to share Traveler stories, we've added an "email" button at the bottom of each post.

Sign Up Now To Help With BioBlitz At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

How much life is there at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore? That's a good question, one you can help answer by participating in the lakeshore's 'BioBlitz.' But time is running out to sign up.

Fire at Historic Many Glacier Chalet at Glacier National Park

Fire trucks outside the chalet.
The historic Many Glacier Chalet at Glacier National Park was damaged by a fire on Sunday, May 3, 2009. The building was saved thanks to prompt response from a nearby volunteer fire department.

Stranded Boaters Rescued from the "Narrows" at Zion National Park

The Narrows in Zion N.P.
Recent attempts by several kayakers to run the area in Zion National Park known as The Narrows were far from successful. Two of the boaters found themselves stranded 800 feet above the canyon floor.

Reservations Open May 15th for Turtle Watch Program at Canaveral National Seashore

Rangers at Florida's Canaveral National Seashore are providing an unusual opportunity in June to visit undisturbed beaches to watch a loggerhead sea turtle nesting. Space for these conducted trips in June is limited and reservations can be made starting on May 15th.

Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Scaling Back Search For Two Missing in Colorado River

With odds dwindling quickly, the search for two young men missing in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park is being scaled back.

Billing For Search and Rescue Missions -- Yes, or No?

Should search-and-rescue subjects be billed for the cost of their rescue? It's long been a thorny issue, one that organizations that respond to SARs long have opposed.
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