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A Winter Visit to Grand Canyon National Park's Phantom Ranch

Grand Canyon; Owen Hoffman photo.
From the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, the first view of Phantom Ranch reveals that the trees, Fremont cottonwoods, do not know that it's winter.

Climate Change and the National Parks

Climate change slowly is changing the landscape of America’s national parks. As temperatures warm and storm traits alter, ecosystem change is anticipated and expected to carry a range of impacts.

NPCA Keeping An Eye on Utah Tar Sands Developments

U.S. Bureau of Land Management efforts to spur development of "tar sands" in Utah near several national park units are being watched by the National Parks Conservation Association.

National Park Status Proposed for Oregon, West Virginia State Parks

In what surely is an uncanny coincidence, there are proposals to turn state parks in Oregon and West Virginia that are built around waterfalls into national parks.

Great Basin National Park's Air Could Be Compromised By Proposed Power Plant

Great Basin National Park, which boasts the cleanest air of any park in the Lower 48, could lose that distinction if a coal-fired power plant is allowed to go on-line as proposed just 38 miles northwest of the park.
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Tiny Lizard That Calls Death Valley National Park Home Could Be Added to ESA List

A small lizard that skitters about Death Valley National Park might soon gain protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Tar Sands Development Could Impact Canyonlands National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Glen Canyon NRA

A natural resources juxtapositonal twist of fate has placed the spectacular Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in close proximity to an energy deposit whose extraction could sully the park units.

NPS Retirees Oppose Carrying Guns in National Parks

The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees sees no need to change gun laws in the national parks, saying that allowing the public to carry weapons in the parks could jeopardize the safety of visitors.

Conservation Groups Sue DOE To Halt Transmission Corridors Without Further Study

In a bid to protect endangered species as well as national park viewsheds and landscapes, a coalition of conservation and environmental organizations is suing the U.S. Department of Energy over its National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors plans for the Mid-Atlantic and Southwestern states.
NIETC_MidAtlantic_Area_Corridor_Map.pdf1.64 MB
NIETC_Southwest_Area_Corridor_Map.pdf1.49 MB

Do Professional Hockey And Yosemite National Park Belong Together?

Coming to the national park nearest you, professional hockey! OK, not every national park, just Yosemite National Park.

Park History: Wind Cave National Park

Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Wind Cave National Park preserves not only its namesake cave, but one of the last remnants of the mixed-grass prairie that once covered the majority of the Northern Plains.

Do Cougars Roam Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore?

A surprisingly steady flow of cougar sightings in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has park officials looking for the big cats, but so far they've managed to elude the searchers.
SLBE-Cougar Study.pdf1.19 MB

Will Spring Bring Gorgeous Wildflowers to Death Valley National Park?

Spring 2005 in Death Valley National Park gained venerated status among flower lovers for its incredible wildflower blooms. Those blooms --dubbed the "bloom of the century" -- were trigged by heavy fall and winter rains that dumped nearly 6.5 inches of moisture on Death Valley. So, with 2008 starting out stormy in the West, how will Death Valley's blooms be this spring?

Zion National Park's New Backcountry Management Plan Reduces Daily Traffic in The Narrows

It won't be quite so crowded in Zion Narrows under the new backcountry management plan adopted by Zion National Park.

National Park Service Retirees Outline 2008 Goals for Park Service

Science-led decisions. More principled leadership. A halt to fee hikes. Those are some of the things the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees would like to see from the National Park Service this year.

Segways in the National Parks: Do We Really Need Them?

Two Segway entrepreneurs have their sights on Yosemite and Sequoia national parks as the next frontier for these two-wheeled contraptions.

Death Valley's Bobcats Likely Lured In By Poor Food Handling at Inn

Two recent bobcat attacks at Death Valley National Park likely were spurred by poor food handling at the Furnace Creek Inn, according to park officials.

Lynx, Long Sought in Yellowstone National Park, Is Caught on Film

One of the most mysterious creatures of the boreal forest, the lynx historically has been tied to Yellowstone National Park. But in recent years, its existence in the park has been hard to document, tied only to a few paw prints and DNA coaxed from scat and hairs. Now park biologists have a photograph to add to their evidence.
The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (P.S.) I know, this doesn't sound like a park-related read, but it's based around the livelihoods of lobstermen who settled on and around Mount Desert Island more than a century ago.
You ever wonder where place names originate? I mean, Hog Key Campsite in Everglades National Park? And University Dock in Biscayne National Park? What were they thinking?

2007 Visitation Across National Park System Projected To Rise

Two years ago there were concerns that national parks were losing their pull over the traveling public. Today, though, National Park Service officials are bullish about visitation, pointing to gains at a number of parks, including Yosemite and Yellowstone.

Is The National Park Service Protecting Its Heritage in Santa Fe?

One of New Mexico's best and best-preserved historic monuments, the former Southwest Regional Headquarters of the National Park Service at 1100 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, is in jeopardy from the very ones who are entrusted with its protection.

World Heritage Report on Yellowstone National Park's Threats Called "Superficial"

A draft report Yellowstone National Park officials have prepared on threats to the park has been dubbed "superficial," and even park officials admit it's not overly comprehensive.
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Bobcats Attack Two at Death Valley National Park

Think of Death Valley wildlife and you think of....well, rattlesnakes perhaps. But the park has a population of bobcats, as a visitor and Furnace Creek resort employee learned recently when they were attacked by two of the felines.

Resolutions and the National Parks: What Will You Do?

Resolutions are end-of-the-year stuff. We take stock of what we've done the past 365 days and vow to make changes in the coming year. With that in mind, perhaps some of those resolutions should involve the national parks.

2007's Top National Park Stories

Politics stalked the national park system throughout 2007. From snowmobiles in Yellowstone to off-road vehicles in Big Cypress, it seemed natural resources and careful stewardship were trumped too often.

Rangers Rescue Skier Lost in Olympic National Park

After a night in the cold a skier who became lost in a blizzard in Olympic National Park was rescued Sunday afternoon by rangers who slogged through 3-4 feet of snow along Hurricane Ridge to reach him.

Association of National Park Rangers: Parks Should be Viewed in a National Context

Judging from the lobbying that revolves around the national parks, it's easy to see that local interests view the parks as local treasures, not the national jewels that they are. At the Association of National Park Rangers, President-elect Scott McElveen would like to see that change.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Studying Interpretive Options for Moccasin Bend

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (better known as Chick/Chatt) is the nation’s first park to commemorate a battle. Now, it might have a chance to better explain its Native American history as well.

What Will 2008 Bring the National Park System?

2007 is just about history. 2008, though, is still unvarnished, full of hope and promise. With that in mind, what will the new year bring to the national park system? Here's some wishful thinking....