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Second Black Bear Euthanized In Yellowstone National Park

For the second time this summer a black bear in Yellowstone National Park has been put down for developing too great a taste for human food. Park officials say the bear was killed after breaking into the backpacks of a "large group" of hikers.

Any Question About Who's Calling the Shots in Yellowstone National Park?

While the National Park Service might be an apolitical agency, it's nothing if not a hot property in the political world. So is it any surprise that a pro-business, anti-environment administration in the White House would have the final say over snowmobiling in the world's first and best-known national park?

Did Gusty Winds Cause a Fatal Climbing Accident at Grand Teton National Park?

Why did a man who had nearly three decades of experience teaching others to climb fall to his death in Grand Teton National Park? The only thing investigators can be sure of is that free solo climbing like George Gardner was doing leaves no appreciable margin for error or misfortune. This unattended death might have been caused by a gale force gust of wind.

At Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Things are Not Always as They Seem

A Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area visitor summoned police after spotting a group of armed men apparently getting ready to execute a handcuffed man. Quickly arriving on the scene, police officers arrested one guy and gave the others tickets and a stern lecture.
There are more than a handful of national parks that seemingly were dreamed up with thrill-seekers in mind. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is one of them, particularly if you like getting wet.

Texas Coast National Parks Brace for Hurricane Dolly

Two Texas Gulf Coast national parks have implemented plans to deal with the impacts of Hurricane Dolly, which is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon near Brownsville. Damage is expected to be minimal at Padre Island National Seashore and at Brownsville’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site.

National Park Quiz 12: The Fair Sex

Women’s achievements are underrepresented in the National Park System, but some parks have been dedicated for that purpose and some others include exhibits, statues, or other features honoring women. Take this week’s quiz and see if your left-brain thinking is up to speed. Answers are at the end. No peeking, please.

There’s a New National Park Service Website for Visitors with Disabilities or Special Needs

The National Park Service has launched a website for visitors with disabilities or other special needs. It’s a great new way to find information about accessible trails, vistas, programs, activities, and educational opportunities at the national parks.

Had a Good Laugh Yet Today? Congress Wants You to Believe that the Lower Taunton River is “Wild and Scenic”

The U.S. House of Representatives has decided that the urban-industrial lower Taunton River in Massachusetts should become part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. Lots of people think that calling this stretch of the Taunton "wild and scenic" is just about the most bizarre thing they've ever heard.

National Park Service Agrees, Conditionally, to Keep Yellowstone's Sylvan Pass Open For Snowmobiling

Despite internal concerns for safety and high costs for a small number of people, the National Park Service has agreed to provide winter access across Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone National Park. However, conditions tied to that access could make it easy for the pass to stay snow-bound as Yellowstone officials initially wanted.
Running rivers ain't always pretty, as this short video from Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area clearly shows.

Why Stop At Golden Gate National Recreation Area? What Other NRAs, Monuments, Etc., Should Be Renamed?

What's in a name? That's a good question in light of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's unsolicited bid to turn Golden Gate National Recreation Area into a "national park."

National Park Service Struggles to Restore and Protect Historic Sightlines at Manassas National Battlefield Park

The First Battle of Bull Run (First Manassas) was fought near Manassas, Virginia, on July 21, 1861. The Second Battle of Bull Run (Second Manassas) was fought in the same area August 28-30, 1862. Now officials at Manassas National Battlefield Park are fighting to restore the battlefield’s historic sightlines and protect them from encroaching development.

Happy Birthday to the National Park Service Arrowhead Emblem

The National Park Service’s arrowhead emblem was authorized on July 20, 1951. Like the ranger’s familiar “Smokey the Bear” Stetson hat, the Arrowhead is now an American icon. The origin and evolution of the Arrowhead is an interesting story.

Park History: The U.S. Life-Saving Service

Fierce winter storms and shifting shoals gave birth to the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," where thousands of ships have foundered since record-keeping began in the 16th century. Beginning late in the 18th century, rescuers began patrolling the East Coast in search of such wrecks.
Few rigors matched those endured by the men of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. They spent the harshest months of the year in remote coastal locations watching for ships that had run aground. Then, typically when the weather was worst, perhaps in the middle of a storm in the middle of the night, they had to row out to sea through the surf with hopes of saving lives.

Judge Restores ESA Protection for Wolves in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem-Updated

A federal judge has restored Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, rejecting the Interior Department's contention that the species is well on its way to recovery.
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Zion National Park is a Magnet for Canyoneers

Zion National Park has become a magnet for canyoneering enthusiasts. With more than four dozen remote and technical slot canyons feeding into Zion Canyon, the park is just about as good as it gets for practitioners of this rapidly growing extreme sport.
If you've ever spent any time fishing, you know how hard it is to reach down and grab a fish with your bare hands. Well, the wolves at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska are pretty gifted when it comes to fishing, as this National Park Service video reveals.

Glacier National Park Officials Again Voice Opposition to Railroad's Avalanche Blasting Proposal

Roughly a year after they first voiced their opposition to a railroad's plan to use bombs to defuse avalanche danger along the southern flanks of Glacier National Park, park officials are reiterating that opposition.

Visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Try Not To Breath the Air

High ozone levels have prompted Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials to issue an air pollution advisory for today and Saturday. So if you're visiting the park, you might want to ease back on your physical activity, especially if you already have respiratory problems.

Wildfire Victims Rescued at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Are Suspected Criminals

Three men and a teenager rescued from a wildfire at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area on Wednesday were in a closed area where a marijuana plantation had been spotted. Two undocumented Mexican nationals have been arrested and are scheduled to be deported. A third man is being treated at a burn center.

NPCA, TWS Presidents Meet With Canadian Ambassador To Seek Solution to Development in Flathead Valley

How environmentally sensitive is the Canadian government? Can the presidents of two of the United States' conservation groups convince the government not to allow development in the headwaters of the Flathead Valley that lies upstream of Glacier National Park and across from Waterton Lakes National Park?

Mammoth Cave Latest National Park to Land a Friends Group

There's another friends group coming to the National Park System. This one is in support of Mammoth Cave National Park.

Superintendents' Summit Raises Both Issues and Questions

Part pep rally and part nuts-and-bolts introspection. That's probably the best way to sum up the first day of the Superintendents' Summit that brought roughly 500 National Park Service personnel to a tony ski resort enclave in a national forest outside Salt Lake City.
Wildlife biologists in Alaska are concerned about the decline in harbor seal numbers at Glacier Bay National Park. In an ongoing study they are capturing seals to take biological samples and implant transmitters that hopefully will shed some light on why the overall population has been dropping.

National Park Quiz 11: Blue and Gray

The first major land engagement of the Civil War was fought 147 years ago this month. The ensuing four-year struggle entailed more than 2,000 battles or skirmishes and cost more than 600,000 American lives. This quiz tests your knowledge of Civil War national parks and the battles they commemorate. Answers are at the end. No peeking.

Proposed Redesignation of Golden Gate National Recreation Area to Golden Gate National Parks Worries Dog Walkers

Should rules meant to protect resources and visitors be less stringent if a National Park System unit is designated Recreation Area? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is spearheading a legislative campaign to have Golden Gate National Recreation Area redesignated Golden Gate National Parks. Bay Area dog owners oppose the proposed change, fearing that it would put an end to off-leash dog walking privileges they currently enjoy.

Study Claims National Park Service is Failing to Protect Biscayne National Park's Coral Reefs

The National Park Organic Act of 1916 directed the fledging National Park Service to, more than anything else, protect the resources of the growing National Park System. Sadly, a new report contends the agency is failing to do just that at Biscayne National Park, where coral reefs are facing "imminent" collapse.

Summertime: What National Parks Are On Your "Must Visit" List?

One-hundred-and-forty-five years had passed since Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was mortally wounded by "friendly fire" in the woods at Chancellorsville, and yet it might have been yesterday. Thick forest still hangs over the waning vestige of the Old Mountain Road where the general was riding, beyond the front lines, on the night of May 2, 1863, when members of the 18th North Carolina mistook him and his aides for a Union incursion.