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Upon Further Review – A Rare Photo Op

National parks are great places to take photos, and there are some opportunities for unusual images at the Big Thicket National Preserve in southeast Texas. But even after working there as a ranger for several years I was surprised one afternoon to witness the reported sighting of a large mammal not previously known to inhabit the area.

Stanley W. Abbott, Wizard of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Millions of motorists enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway every year, but most have never heard of Stanley W. Abbott. That’s a shame. Abbott was the young landscape architect who threaded the road through the mountains and made it a scenic-recreational masterpiece.

Clues Found in Search for Ginseng Hunter Who Went Missing in Shenandoah National Park

A pack of cigarettes, a hat, some keys, and a boot are among the few clues searchers have to go on in their hunt for a ginseng hunter missing in Shenandoah National Park for ten days.

George Washington Really Did Sleep at Longfellow National Historic Site

If you can prove that “George Washington Slept Here,” your house is Historic with a capital “H”. Washington really did sleep at the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House, the focal attraction of Longfellow National Historic Site. The park celebrates anniversary number 36 on October 9.

Don't Forget Buffalo National River When You're Looking for Fall Foliage

One of the relatively undiscovered gems in our National Park System is the Buffalo National River, located in the Ozarks of north-central Arkansas. The park is perhaps best known for canoeing, but that activity is usually most enjoyable in the spring and early summer, unless you enjoy the possibility of carrying your canoe more than paddling it.

Rock Falls Close Curry Village Lodgings in Yosemite National Park

Two rock falls from the face of Glacier Point -- one described as perhaps the largest ever seen -- have closed the lodgings in Curry Village on the floor of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park. While there were some injuries reported, fortunately no one was killed.

Valley Forge Development Gains OK

A bid by the National Park Service, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, and the National Parks Conservation Association to halt development of a privately run museum and conference center at Valley Forge National Historical Park has been denied by zoning officials in Pennsylvania.

Wyoming Congressional Delegation Pushing Interior Secretary To Move on Yellowstone Snowmobile Plan

Wyoming's congressional delegation, concerned about the winter economies of Cody and Jackson, have asked Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to, essentially, order Yellowstone National Park open to snowmobiling this winter.

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.