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National Park Quiz 23: Farms, Gardens, and Orchards

You won’t need to be a farmer or rancher to do well on this week’s quiz, which focuses on agricultural endeavors and associated terms. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you milk the goats and slop the pigs.

Man Falls 250 Feet to His Death from a South Rim Overlook at Grand Canyon National Park

On October 6, 47-year old Michael Wilson from Scottsdale, Arizona, fell 250 feet to his death from an overlook on Desert View Drive in Grand Canyon National Park.

National Park Service Director Mary Bomar Presents George B. Hartzog Lecture at Clemson University

NPS Director Mary Bomar will present the annual George B. Hartzog, Jr. Lecture at Clemson University on Wednesday, October 8. Director Bomar’s talk will focus on the agency’s three main goals: re-engaging people with their national parks, increasing system capacity, and preparing the next generation of park leaders.

Turkey Hunters Appreciate Wildlife Habitat Preservation at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Though permitted in National Preserves and some other units, sport hunting remains a controversial issue in the National Park System. One area of agreement is the importance of preserving wildlife habitat. The National Wild Turkey Federation recently showed its appreciation for the preservation of turkey habitat at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

There's Plenty to See Above Ground at Wind Cave National Park

If you were planning a Black Hills trip and couldn’t visit all of the area's parks, would you skip Wind Cave? That would be a mistake, even if caves don’t interest you. There's plenty to see and do above ground at Wind Cave.

Great National Park-Related Museums in Washington, D.C.

The most famous piece of art work related to the National Park System, in my opinion, is The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Thomas Moran. And if you visit Washington, D.C., you can see it for yourself.

Yosemite National Park Staff Helped Locate and Investigate the Fossett Crash Site in the Sierra Nevadas

A year-long search for missing billionaire adventurer Steve Fossett was finally brought to a close with an accidental discovery by a man and his dog hiking in the Sierra Nevada wilderness. Yosemite staff played a key role in helping to locate and investigate the crash site.
Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone Eleven weeks spent in what arguably is the most remote corner of the continental United States taught writer Gary Ferguson that, sadly, some who pass through the landscape take it too much for granted.

Grand Canyon National Park to Host "Celebrate Wildlife Day" in November

On November 1, Grand Canyon National Park will host its first Celebrate Wildlife Day, an event designed to enhance visitor awareness and understanding of Grand Canyon’s wonderfully diverse wildlife. In addition to an all-day open house there will be an assortment of indoor and outdoor programs focused on Grand Canyon wildlife and their habitat.

Lassen Volcanic National Park Gets Its First Purpose-Built Visitor Center, and It’s a Dandy

Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of our oldest national parks, but it has never had anything more than a makeshift visitor center. Until now, that is. A 92-year wait ends today, October 4, when the park celebrates the grand opening of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at the park’s southwest entrance.

Park History: Dinosaur National Monument

If it were designated part of the National Park System today, what would we call Dinosaur National Monument? True, it offers a treasure trove of fossilized dinosaur remains, one that continues to be studied. But there's also the riverine component, mountains, and high desert that all offer outstanding experiences befitting a national park setting.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Not Immune to Bear Problems

A cantankerous black bear on an island in Lake Superior is proof that bear problems in the National Park System are not restricted to the West or the Appalachians.

Hurricane Ike Storm Debris Creates a Mammoth Cleanup Problem at Padre Island National Seashore

Hurricane Ike storm debris has drifted southwest along the Texas Gulf Coast and littered the beaches at Padre Island National Seashore. Cleaning it up is a mammoth task that must be done quickly. Protecting seashore wildlife is a major concern.

Steamtown National Historic Site Schedules Leaf Peeper Excursions in the Poconos

Steamtown National Historic Site has scheduled eight steam-powered train trips to two popular destinations in the Poconos during the fall foliage season. Critics complain about Steamtown’s sparse excursion schedule, but there’s little to dislike about these leaf peeper outings.

Singer Dolly Parton Named Ambassador for Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Anniversary

Dolly Parton grew up in Tennessee not far from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, she's sung My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, Mule Skinner Blues, My Tennessee Mountain Home, and Tennessee Homesick Blues, so should it be any surprise that the singer has been named ambassador for the park's 75th birthday?

North Cascades National Park – Forty Years on the Map, Seventy Years in the Making

Washington’s North Cascades National Park sits peacefully along the Canadian border. The serenity of this park, which marks its 40th birthday October 2, masks the story of a 70-year struggle to protect one of the most indomitable mountain landscapes in America.

Maintenance Worker Finds a Hand Grenade in Rock Creek Park

Finding a hand grenade is a cause for pause. A maintenance worker who found one in Rock Creek Park had to be thinking: Good Lord! Could this thing possibly be real?!

Young Panther is Killed Crossing a Road in Everglades National Park

A car struck and killed a panther kitten Monday night in Everglades National Park. There are probably fewer than 100 panthers left in south Florida, so the death of even a single youngster is very sad.

Park History: The Appalachian Trail

Zigzagging 2,175 miles between Mount Katahdin in northern Maine and Springer Mountain in Georgia, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail gained life through an article Benton MacKaye wrote for the Journal of the American Institute of Architects in 1921. In it the forester ruminated on the need for Americans to spend more time at leisure, preferably in the outdoors.

Backcountry Skier Dies in Rocky Mountain National Park

A backcountry skier has died in an accident in Rocky Mountain National Park. The 40-year-old was skiing alone on Taylor Glacier and reported missing late Tuesday.

Updated: Groups Claim Yellowstone National Park Officials Abdicating Responsibility Over Snowmobile Access Issue

Officials for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks announced Wednesday that they would prepare yet another environmental study to clear the way for recreational snowmobiling and snowcoach traffic in the parks this winter.

50-year-old Man Reporting Missing in Shenandoah National Park

Searchers are on the ground in the Cedar Mountain area of Shenandoah National Park today looking for a 50-year-old man reported missing on Monday.

Fall Is A Great Season in Glacier National Park

Fall is a great time to visit many parks, and Glacier National Park in Montana is no exception. Summer crowds are gone, the weather is often great, and although it's not New England, there's also some fine fall color to enjoy from aspen, cottonwood, and birch. Larch also provides magnificent shades of yellow, and this conifer is unusual because it loses its needles after they change color.

Park History: Yosemite National Park

Older than Yellowstone National Park in terms of being set aside for the public's enjoyment, Yosemite National Park could fairly be called the elder statesman of the National Park System. And, no doubt, there are those who would say Yosemite's scenery is second to none in the system.

Pruning the Parks: Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area Was a National Park for Just Five Years

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Utah-Wyoming had been in the National Park System for only five years when, on October 1, 1968, Congress transferred it to the U.S. Forest Service. There was little sense of loss. Congress hadn’t mandated NPS administration and the NPS wasn’t deeply committed to reservoir recreation management.

National Park Quiz 22: Angels and Saints

Quiz 10 on July 9 was “Speak of the Devil.” Fair is fair, so this week we’ll turn the focus in the heavenly direction and deal with angels, saints, and such. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write “The cognitive complexities of the term ‘saint’ render lexical disambiguation extraordinarily challenging” 100 times on the whiteboard.

World Heritage Site Photography Exhibit On Display at Interior Department

Washington, D.C., is awash with museums. Some are easy to find and worth visiting, some are near-impossible to find and occasionally worth visiting. The Interior Department's museum is in the latter category.

Uranium Exploratory Drilling Near Grand Canyon National Park is Halted Pending a Full Environmental Review

The Forest Service illegally approved 39 uranium exploration drilling holes in the Kaibab National Forest near Grand Canyon National Park. Now a court challenge has produced a settlement that stops the drilling and calls for full environmental and public reviews. Many fear that uranium development may contaminate water in the park and the Colorado River.

Are There Really 391 Units in the National Park System? You Won’t Think So After You Read This!

The National Park Service says there are 391 units in the National Park System. If you take a close look at how that number is derived, you won’t know whether to laugh or cry. Have the inmates taken charge of the asylum?

A Florida Keys National Park? Good Conservation or Florida Bail-out?

Officials in Monroe County, Florida, which includes the Florida Keys, are caught in a classic land management dilemma—how to manage growth in an orderly manner and pay for the high cost of protecting environmentally sensitive lands in an area that is ripe for development. One solution is a controversial proposal by local officials to ask the National Park Service to acquire some of the property.