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Congressman Would Open More National Parks To Drilling

There are some units of the National Park System that allow oil and gas drilling, but very few. And that's wrong, believes a congressman from Texas.

Videos Offer A Plow Operator's View Of The Challenges Of Spring Road Openings In Parks

Millions of winter-weary residents of the Upper Midwest and Northeast hope they can soon put away their snow shovels for the current season, but in a number of national parks, the job of clearing snow from roads in preparation for the upcoming summer season is just getting underway. It's a mammoth job indeed, and these videos offer some interesting views from the cabs of the plows.

Yellowstone National Park, Montana To Explore New Bison Management Plan

The bison management plan that governs how Yellowstone National Park bison are managed when they leave the park could be revised under a proposal Park Service and Montana officials are exploring.

NPS Director Jarvis: National Parks Are Losing Relevancy With Americans

Recent political skirmishes involving the National Park Service, from calls for some parks to be returned to the states to the U.S. House vote to gut the Antiquities Act, are signs that the national parks are losing relevancy with Americans, believes Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.

Essential Paddling Guide: Minimize Your Paddling Impacts

Paddling starts out as a low-impact activity in the National Park System, but keep the following tips in mind to ensure you leave the lowest possible impact.

Making A Difference Through Hard Work With The Student Conservation Association

I had two job offers the summer before my junior year of high school. I chose the job that came with new boots.

Shenandoah National Park's Whiteoak Canyon Being Added To Old-Growth Forest Network

A slice of Shenandoah National Park, Whiteoak Canyon, soon will be added to the national Old-Growth Forest Network.

Traveler Housekeeping: Take A Minute To Get Caught Up With Us

Here it is the end of March, yet it feels like we've gone through at least six months of travails here at the Traveler.

Rebranding Logos For National Park Service Centennial Draw Criticisms

Initial returns on the logos being used to promote the National Park Service's centennial in 2016 have been pretty harsh, with one Facebook commenter saying they look "like a bland fish crashing down," and another saying a third-grade student could have done better.
Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How Book store clerks could have a difficult time displaying this book. Does it go under "photography" or under "travel"? You'll understand the quandary once you start turning the pages of this book, for you'll learn as much about Acadia National Park in general as you'll learn about how to get the best photos there.

Safety Concerns Prompt Closure Of Crumbling Carnifex Tunnel At Gauley River National Recreation Area

An abandoned railroad tunnel in the Gauley River National Recreation Area offers a real-world example of a dilemma faced by every park manager: how to balance convenience and existing uses with safety and limited dollars. The Carnifex Tunnel receives occasional use by the park staff and the public—mostly local residents—but an inspection by engineers found crumbling ceilings.

House Of Representatives Votes To Gut Antiquities Act

In a narrow vote described as a marker for perhaps "the single darkest day" for the National Park System, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved a measure that would gut the Antiquities Act that numerous presidents have used to set aside lands for the good of the country,

Reader Participation Day: Should Congress Restrict The President's Ability To Use The Antiquities Act To Create National Monuments?

As reported in yesterday's Traveler, a vote may be taken as early as today on a bill that would greatly restrict the power of U. S. Presidents to create new National Monuments via the Antiquities Act of 1906. Does the Act as originally written still serve a useful purpose, or are changes now called for?

Lawsuit Against Backcountry User Fee At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Can Proceed

A lawsuit challenging the backcountry user fee assessed at Great Smoky Mountains National Park can proceed, a federal judge has ruled.
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Washington Monument To Open To Public On May 12

Having endured, and survived, an earthquake, the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to open to the public for the first time in nearly three years on May 12.

Nearly Two Dozen National Parks Ban Sales Of Disposable Plastic Water Bottles

Nearly two dozen units of the National Park System have instituted bans against the sale of disposable water bottles, a move proponents say will greatly reduce trash.

House Of Representatives Asked To Dilute Antiquities Act

Acadia National Park. Grand Canyon National Park. Zion National Park. These parks, and dozens of other units of the National Park System, have been created through presidential decree. On Wednesday, though, the House of Representatives will be asked to approve legislation that would greatly dilute that power for future presidents.

Birding In The National Parks: The Hidden Gems Of Everglades National Park

I spend quite a bit of time talking about Everglades National Park, and with good reason. I doubt there’s a birder in the country who would rank it out of the top five national parks in the country for birding. It’s that good.

Rebranding Aimed At Building Toward National Park Service Centennial In 2016

A rebranding effort has been launched by the National Park Service to build public enthusiasm toward the agency's centennial in 2016.

Essential Park Guide, Spring 2014: Small Town Perks

West Yellowstone is one of the smaller gateway towns you’ll find in the National Park System...which isn’t such a bad thing.

Black Oystercatchers Risk Predation When They Leave Their Nests

Incubating eggs in the harsh coastal expanses of Kenai Fjords National Park and Preserve in Alaska is tough business to start with, and with predators on the prowl, it becomes even more difficult to rear a brood.

Zion National Park Records Second Base Jumping Fatality This Year

For the second time this year, a thrill-seeker has died at Zion National Park as the result of a BASE-jumping attempt that went awry.

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Honored For Dark Skies

The million-plus acre Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument that's squeezed between Grand Canyon National Park and the Utah border has drawn kudos for its wonderfully dark night skies.

Traveler's View: National Park Service Should Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth At Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park officials, rather than forcing private equestrians to pay a guide to lead them on trail rides, should see the marketing and PR value in having rangers saddle up to lead rides much as they lead hikes, for free.

Blue Ridge Parkway About Ready For Spring Opening

Barring a spring storm, facilities along the 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway will begin opening for the high season on April 1, with most facilities open by June 1.

Essential Paddling Guide: Can Hogs Be Farmed Safely Upstream Of Buffalo National River?

Often the health of our rivers, lakes, and streams in the National Park System is endangered by something we don’t immediately see. Such is the case in Arkansas, where a hog farm less than 6 miles upstream from the Buffalo National River poses an industrial threat to the river.

Land Of Caves, Keys, And Ancient Art

“Pirates used to hide in these keys,” Carlos, our guide, tells us as our boat swings behind a small, steep-sided island. Numerous forested islets dot the shoreline like floating haystacks. “English and French pirates hid in Samaná Bay to ambush Spanish gold ships leaving Santa Domingo. The 58 cays and inlets made perfect hiding places.”

Re-enactment Coming To Valley Forge National Historical Park

A glimpse into the past will be available to Valley Forge National Historical Park visitors next weekend during a re-enactment of the Continental Army's winter encampment there in 1777-78.

National Park-Scented Clothing? You Can Do That!

Ahhh, the sweet scent of national parks. You've had the chance to freshen your bathrooms with it, and now you can leave your clothes smelling park fresh!

Spring Plowing To Begin Monday In Grand Teton National Park

Though spring wildflowers are still a couple months off at Grand Teton National Park, work will begin in earnest Monday to open the Teton Park Road for visitors.