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Missing Kayaker’s Body Found After Extended Search at Saint Croix National Scenic River

searchers in boat.
Authorities at Saint Croix National Scenic River in Wisconsin have recovered the body of a missing kayaker after an extended search. In a bizarre twist, the search was complicated by the theft of the kayak involved in the incident.

Taxpayers Get a Nice Present on April 15th

Big cypress tree in the Big Thicket.
Most taxpayers don't associate April 15th with good news, but national park supporters received a nice present on "Tax Day 2009," thanks to a major donation from the Conservation Fund at the Big Thicket National Preserve.

Tiny Toads To Slow Traffic At Cape Cod National Seashore

Piping plovers and sea turtles have halted traffic at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, lava flows and their gases have done the same at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and floods have shut down traffic at Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park. At Cape Cod National Seashore, a tiny toad has the power to divert traffic.
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What's The Latest On Search For New National Park Service Director? No One's Saying

"Process" is the answer given when you ask folks at the Interior Department why Secretary Ken Salazar hasn't settled on a new director for the National Park Service.

Sour Economy Has Created Lots of Availability At Yellowstone National Park Lodges

It's long been written in guidebooks that if you want to stay in Yellowstone National Park during the summer months, you must reserve your rooms well in advance. While that's still a good idea, the sour economy has created quite a bit of availability for this summer, meaning your hunt shouldn't be so difficult.

Clock Ticking On Decision Regarding Stocking North Cascades National Park With Non-Native Fish

Should North Cascades National Park remain the only national park that stocks non-native fish in its waters? Or should it adhere to the National Park Service's policies that prohibit such activity? Those are explosive questions in Washington state.

National Park Quiz 50: Wilderness

This week’s quiz deals with wilderness in the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you memorize the entire list of designated wildernesses.

Springtime: Roads Opening In Yellowstone National Park, Bears Coming Out in Grand Teton National Park

Ahhh springtime in the Rockies, that wonderful season when plowers open more and more roads in Yellowstone National Park, bears come out of hibernation in Grand Teton National Park, and blizzards aren't out of the question.

National Park Rangers Find Tasers Efficient Tools In Potentially Combative Situations

Rangers at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area were just the latest in the National Park System to resort to the use of a Taser to resolve a potentially combative situation.

Podcasts on Mountain Pine Beetles and Wilderness Can be Found at The Rocky Mountain Nation Podcast

Here at the Traveler we've written quite a bit about mountain pine beetle attacks on forests in the Rockies, as well as wilderness issues. Well, over at the Rocky Mountain Nation Podcast you can listen to similar stories.

Keep Up to Date with National Parks Traveler On Twitter

Though we at Traveler don't want to see cyberspace take over all aspects of visiting national parks, we are expanding in that direction to help you follow the news.

Junior Ranger Day - and an Essay Contest with a Serious Prize

Kids with ranger at Mesa Verde NP.
A number of NPS areas are offering special activities for Junior Ranger Day on April 25, 2009, and a related Junior Ranger Essay Contest offers a serious prize: a $1,000 Visa gift card.

Orchards Being Replanted at Gettsyburg National Military Park to Recreate 1860s Appearance

Quite often we hear about tree removal projects to recreate appearances at Civil War units of the National Park System. At Gettysburg National Military Park, they're planting trees to return the landscape to 1860s appearances.

National Park Service Extends Invitation For Gunners In Two National Monuments

If you're interested in 18th century warfare, and aren't tongue-tied by Spanish, the folks at the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas national monuments are looking for you.

Is it Safe to Drink the Water at Grand Canyon National Park?

Grand canyon.
For the next month or two, visitors to Grand Canyon National Park may notice that drinking water coming from the taps in the park looks a bit "cloudy." Is the water safe to drink? The park recently supplied the answer—and an explanation.

Trails at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Reopen Just in Time for Waterfall Week

Whiskeytown Falls.
All trails at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in California have reopened for the summer season—and just in time for the park's Waterfall Week. A number of trails in the park have been closed due to the risk of mudslides, after large wildfires in the park last summer.

Are Yellowstone National Park's Grizzlies Changing Denning Habits Due to Climate Change?

Are grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park altering their long winter's slumber due to a changing climate? Federal wildlife biologists think so, and want to take a closer look into this possibility.

National Parks: Valuable Assets In Efforts To Conserve Birdlife

Xantus's Murrelet, copyright Glen Tepke.
Peregrine Falcons, once teetering on extinction, are regulars at Acadia National Park. Bald Eagles, also once feared to be ready to blink out, have rebounded incredibly and are highly visible in many national parks. During a week-long canoe trip in Yellowstone National Park last fall I was blown away by the birdlife. But how is the overall "state of birds" in America these days? Unfortunately, things aren't entirely as they appear.

At the Lincoln Memorial, Marian Anderson Delivered an Easter Sunday Performance for the Ages

Martin Luther King, Jr., was not the only renowned African American to use the Lincoln Memorial to make a statement about racial injustice in the land of the free. On Easter Sunday 70 years ago, Marian Anderson thrilled a huge crowd with one of the most memorable concerts ever delivered on Federal property. Thank goodness a Newsreel camera crew was on hand.

Injuries From Fall Prove Fatal to 73-Year-Old Hiker In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A 73-year-old Kentucky man has died from injuries suffered in a fall while hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Most of us know about Yellowstone National Park and its fuming and sputtering and spouting geyser basins. And Lake Clark National Park and Preserve has been in the news lately with the rumbling and sputtering of Redoubt Volcano. But how many are familiar with the Forge of Vulcan?

Interior Secretary Salazar Sends $15.2 Million to USGS Volcano Observatories to Improve Monitoring

The five U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Observatories are receiving $15.2 million to help upgrade their monitoring of volcanics across the West, in Alaska, and in Hawaii, including within Yellowstone, Mount Rainier, Hawaii Volcanoes, and Lake Clark national parks.
Yellowstone and the Snowmobile: Locking Horns over National Park Use What is the role of a national park? How should we value what lies within the boundaries of a national park? Those are simple and yet provocative questions these days. Some answers -- perhaps the answer -- can be found in a new book that chronicles Yellowstone National Park's bittersweet history with the snowmobile.

UPDATED: Officials Confirm Recent Rockfall in Yosemite National Park was the Largest in Decades

map of Yosemite Valley rockfalls
Park officials have confirmed that a recent rockfall at Yosemite National Park was in fact the largest such documented event in the park more in than two decades. Part of a popular trail buried by the debris from the event remains closed.

Sky Diving at Denali National Park? A Florida-Based Company Thinks It's a Great Idea

Mt. McKinley.
Denali National Park and Preserve is home to the highest mountain in North America, a distinction that inevitably attracts mountaineers and sightseers from all over the world. Now a new twist in possible activities at Denali is under discussion: sky diving.

Great Basin National Park Is Facing Threats to its Clear Air and Water Resources

Not even its remote location in eastern Nevada can protect Great Basin National Park from the pressures, demands, and impacts of urban areas. Proposed power plants threaten its air, and growing Las Vegas could impact the park's water resources.

Subsurface Mineral Rights Matter!

Should the NPS worry about mineral rights when the agency acquires park lands? You better believe it. Not owning subsurface mineral rights at Big Cypress National Preserve and Padre Island National Seashore has caused the agency a great deal of grief. At Flight 93 National Memorial, the NPS is determined to nip a potentially serious problem in the bud.

Mount Rainier National Park: Reaching Out to Camping Newbies

How many of you would jump at the chance to join rangers at Mount Rainier National Park on a three-day camping trek? And keep in mind, this offer comes with equipment, food, and rangers tossed in for free.

Ill-Advised Leap from a Bluff Leads to a Challenging Rescue at Buffalo National River

Rescuers carry victim toward waiting helicopter.
A visitor to the Buffalo National River probably has second thoughts about an attempt to jump from a bluff to a nearby tree. His resulting fall triggered a challenging mission for area rescue teams.

Aging Activists Gather at Congaree National Park to Recall a Nick-of-Time Rescue

The spectacular old-growth forest of the Congaree floodplain would have been lost forever had it not been for a grassroots campaign that achieved a highly implausible victory back in the 1970s. Veterans of the campaign gathered at Congaree National Park this past weekend to share memories of that long-ago struggle.