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Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site Could Use A Few Good Trees

Water provides the energy needed to drive the machinery at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, but without waterwheels to capture that energy, well, all that energy would be lost. To keep things running, the park site currently is working on building five new waterwheels by hand. What's missing, though, are some good trees. Large white oak trees, specifically, that can be fashioned into shafts for the waterwheels.

Study Documents Impacts Of Climate Change Across National Park System

Impacts of climate change on the National Park System are such that it is "no longer ecologically viable to manage resources solely within park boundaries," according to a study that found parks "are overwhelmingly at the extreme warm end of historical temperature distributions..."

Exploring The Parks: Musings From Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec has nothing to do with the Aztecs of Mexico and Central America. But it does have everything to do with Ancestral Puebloans. It may be one of many places people from Chaco moved to when Chaco was abandoned. Occupation here began in about the late 1000's and flourished until around 1130. By the late 1200's, this settlement was abandoned as so many others had been. As is the case elsewhere, no one knows why.

UPDATED: Threat Of Tropical Storm Arthur Leads To Closure Of National Park System Units

The prospect of Tropical Storm Arthur slamming into North Carolina's Outer Banks has prompted the National Park Service to close Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial at noon Wednesday.

Watching Wolves And Bears At Banff National Park

Are there wolves and bears at Banff National Park in Canada? You bet, as this video clearly shows. It was taken from a remote camera set up along the Bow Valley Parkway during a seasonal travel restriction. With humans out of the picture, the wildlife came into view.

Trails I've Hiked: Hamburger Rocks At Capitol Reef National Park

Some couples like to celebrate wedding anniversaries with a steak dinner at an up-scale restaurant. To celebrate our lucky 13th anniversary, my husband, Craig, and I decided to commemorate the special occasion with hamburgers instead - a hike to Hamburger Rocks in Capital Reef National Park, that is.

Going-To-The-Sun Road Expected To Be Open End-To-End This Weekend In Glacier National Park

Barring the unexpected -- a significant late June snowstorm -- the entire Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park in Montana should be open from West Glacier to St. Mary this coming holiday weekend.

Exploring The Parks: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, The Video

Hugging the coast of California, Golden Gate National Recreation Area might on first blush come across as a human-congested landscape, but there are places you can go that speak to the purely natural side of the park, as this video shows.

Birding In The National Parks: Odd Birds Showing Up In National Parks

I write this from the south shore of Lake Superior, not far from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Two days ago, while casually birding the lakeshore, my wife Sarah spotted a Black-crowned Night-heron. That’s an extremely unusual bird to find as far north as the Superior shore.

Celebrate Independence Day On The National Mall In Washington, D.C.

Perhaps the grandest Fourth of July celebration in the National Park System will be held in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall, where you can watch a parade, enjoy the Folklife Festival, listen to the U.S. Navy Band, and, of course, marvel at one of the largest fireworks displays in the country.

Essential Summer Guide '14: Mix History And Wilderness At Cumberland Island National Seashore

Cast across more than 36,000 acres, Cumberland Island National Seashore is, as its name implies, on an island, the largest of Georgia’s Golden Isles. Make the ferry boat crossing from St. Marys and you’ll discover history of those long ago enslaved here, blueblood manses, about 18 miles of waveswept beaches, and nearly 9,000 acres of official Wilderness.

Yosemite Grant Anniversary Used To Kickoff Mariposa Grove Revitalization

One-hundred-and-fifty years after President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant, the anniversary was used to launch an ambitious revitalization of the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park.

UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Consider Case Of Point Reyes National Seashore Oyster Company

An adverse ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, while disappointing, does not automatically signal the end of oyster farming at Point Reyes National Seashore, according to the owner of Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Exploring The Parks: Rendezvous at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site recently hosted its 32nd annual Fort Union Rendezvous that takes place each year during the third weekend in June. This year’s event commenced Thursday with Kids Day in the fort courtyard. Activities throughout the weekend included demonstrations of pottery making, gunsmithing, blacksmithing, bow making, flintlock firing, and frontier cooking. Muskrat skinning and brain tanning were offered for the strong of heart.

Sewage Spill Seeps Into Cave At Mammoth Cave National Park

Signs of an above-ground sewage spill that occurred at Mammoth Cave National Park back in May have been detected inside the cave system, but is not thought to be a threat to visitors.

Could Take Two Weeks Before Denali Park Road Operating Normally Following Flooding

It could take until mid-July before the entire Denali Park Road is operating normally in the wake of flooding that damaged the far western end of the 92-mile road, according to Denali National Park officials.

Search-And-Rescue Missions Cost National Park Service Nearly $4 Million In 2013

While the number of search-and-rescue missions conducted in the National Park System in 2013 dropped slightly from the previous year, the number of individuals never found jumped fourfold, to 56, according to the National Park Service's annual Search and Rescue Report.

150 Years Of Preservation: Yosemite And The Constitutionality Of National Parks

With the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant here, we should accept that Yosemite, not Yellowstone, was the birthplace of the national park idea.

Applicants Sought For 2014 @American_Latino Expedition

The call has gone out folks. Applications are now being taken for the 2014 @American_Latino Expedition, a contest designed to engage diverse audiences and inspire exploration and stewardship of America’s national parks, all the while highlighting American Latino culture, history, and contributions across the National Park System.

Search Under Way For Missing Float Trip Passenger In Grand Canyon National Park

A passenger on a float trip down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park went missing after falling from a ledge into the river at Havasu Rapids, or River Mile 157.

National Park Service Issues Guidelines Regarding New Mosquito-Borne Disease

A new, for the mainland United States, mosquito-born disease has been in the news lately, and the National Park Service has issued some background on the disease -- Chikungunya virus -- and how to deal with it.

More Than 100 Evacuated From Backcountry Lodge At Denali National Park In Face Of Flooding

A storm event that sent floodwaters and rockfalls across the Denali Park Road also has led to the evacuation of 103 guests and employees from a lodge in Denali National Park in Alaska.

Black Canyon Water Trail First National Water Trail In The Southwest

A 30-mile watery ribbon that flows below Hoover Dam in Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada has been designated a "national water trail," the first in the Southwest.

Western Snowy Plover Chicks To Temporary Close Beaches At Point Reyes National Seashore

A temporary beach closure is coming to Point Reyes National Seashore in California for the busy Fourth of July weekend so chicks of the western snowy plover, a threatened species, will have some solitude.

Enjoy The Wilderness Of Saguaro National Park Through This Video

With The Wilderness Act's 50th birthday being celebrated throughout the year, various units of the National Park System are taking pride in their backyard wilderness areas. In a new video produced by the National Park Service, the Saguaro Wilderness Area in Saguaro National Park is showcased.

Buffalo National River Rangers Resort To Canoe To Rescue Snakebite Victim

It's not often you hear about rangers resorting to a canoe to rescue visitors in need, but that's what happened the other day at Buffalo National River in Arkansas when word came of a snakebite victim in dire need of medical attention.

Heavy Rains, Flooding Close Denali Park Road In Denali National Park

Torrential rains, and the flooding and rockfall they produced, have forced closure of the Denali Park Road beyond the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park in Alaska.

Trails I've Hiked: Sipapu Bridge Trail In Natural Bridges National Monument

Often overlooked by visitors seeking memorable experiences at Utah's iconic "Mighty Five" national parks (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, and Zion), the lesser-known Natural Bridges National Monument showcases three stunning natural bridges: Sipapu, Kachina, and Owachomo.

Capitol Reef And 13 Other National Parks Receive Impact Grants From Disney Nature's Movie "Bears"

Capitol Reef and 13 other parks are awarded Impact Grants from Disney Nature's movie "Bears."

Cape Hatteras, Where The 'National Seashore' Concept Was Born

Sun, salt spray, and sand are the main ingredients for a traditional Outer Banks vacation. Here on the North Carolina coast, where barrier islands bare the brunt of the Atlantic Ocean, families have been coming for decades to enjoy not only those aspects of summer but some of the best fishing along the Atlantic coast.