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Court Documents Show Resort Illegally Maintained Trail In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Documents entered into a court case over the backcountry fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park confirm that a private resort outside the park boundaries cleared and maintained a trail inside the park for a number of years.
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A Great Winter Escape: The Willow Public Use Cabin At Kenai Fjords National Park

When you absolutely, positively, need to get away for a winter adventure, look north to Kenai Fjords National Park and its Willow Public Use Cabin.

Photography In The National Parks: Katmai Or Lake Clark National Parks, Which Is Best For Bear Photography?

So you can't decide between Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park for your bear viewing photography? Rebecca Latson weighs in on comparisons between the two.

Plenty To Do At Cape Lookout National Seashore This Fall And Winter

Summer's warm temps might be gone, but there's still lots to do at Cape Lookout National Seashore on the North Carolina coast. Here's a look at some ranger-led programs on the calendar.

Shenandoah National Park Preparing To Deal With Chronic Wasting Disease In Deer

With the arrival of chronic wasting disease in Shenandoah National Park deer seemingly imminent, park staff are working on amending its plan for dealing with the disease to allow for the culling of deer to try to limit the spread of the disease.

Family Fun Fest Coming To Biscayne National Park For 15th Season

Winter typically is the best season to visit south Florida's national parks, thanks to the cooler, dryer weather. And if you're heading down there in the coming months, be sure to check out the Family Fun Fest activities that will be offered at Biscayne National Park through the winter months.

Rocky Mountain National Park Considering Changes To Trails Damaged By September '13 Flooding

Every now and again, nature rises up and lets you know you didn't build something in the right place, or sturdy enough. At Rocky Mountain National Park, that message came through clearly in September 2013 when torrential rains spawned massive flooding that erased parts of some trails. Now park officials are wondering how best to reroute and repair those trails.

Grand Canyon National Park Proposing Increase In Fees To Help Pay For Repairs, Maintenance

Need evidence that Congress isn't fully funding the national parks? In their proposal to raise entrance fees, Grand Canyon National Park officials say the higher fees would be put to use, in part, on "repair and maintenance of park facilities" as well as "restoration and rehabilitation of visitor service buildings."

Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Confident There Will Be No Lapse In Concession Services

Dave Uberuagua could be viewed as a poker player facing the slim prospects of filling an inside straight draw. The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park doesn't like, or agree with, the analogy, but in less than two months concession services on the South Rim of his park will be shuttered unless he can do in that period what the National Park Service has failed to accomplish for three years: negotiate a concessions contract.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Adopts Five-Year Strategic Plan

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which does yeoman's work when it comes to helping the National Park Service oversee its namesake trail, has adopted a five-year strategic plan intended to lead to better protection and management of the trail.

Winter's Retreat In Yosemite National Park

A thin ribbon of Yosemite National Park asphalt that during summer can be backed up with traffic enjoys its quiet season from mid-November through April, and often into May. That’s a long, wonderful period when snows muffle sound and block wheeled-traffic on a long stretch of the Glacier Point Road.

Chiricahua National Monument Does Away With Entrance Fees

No, that's not a typo. Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona has done away with entrance fees.

Wolf Hunt Under Way At Grand Canyon National Park

The possibility that a gray wolf is roaming the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to quickly approve an effort to capture the animal and test its DNA to confirm whether it is, or is not, a full-blooded gray wolf, not a Mexican wolf and not a hybrid.

Valley Forge National Historical Park Offers Interesting Options For Veterans Day Activities

Veterans Day will be observed by special programs at numerous locations around the country on November 11, and Valley Forge National Historical Park will take in interesting approach next Tuesday when park staff, volunteers, and veterans will present America's military history from the perspectives of a variety of conflicts including the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II, and Vietnam War.

Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change

A dozen days spent in national parks in Alaska this summer helped high school students from Ohio learn a little bit more about climate change up close. Their experience was part of the first “Climate Change Academy,” an immersive, comprehensive climate change course offered through the National Park Service.

Trails Forever Rock Stars And The Stairway To Heaven At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an enormous outdoor playground with 800-plus miles of trails stretching across its 500,000+ acres. As you can imagine, those trail miles require quite a bit of upkeep.

Deadline Looming For Concessions At Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim

Barring a temporary agreement, mass layoffs stand to cripple concessions operations at Grand Canyon National Park on December 31, shuttering hotels and dining rooms, ending mule rides and bus tours, and canceling some memorable New Year's Eve celebrations on the South Rim.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Plan To Restore Road Overrun By Lava Not Without Ecological Hazards

A proposal to build an emergency access route across a lava-covered section of Chain of Craters Kalapana Road at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is not without hazards to the environment in the form of "potentially ecosystem altering" invasive species such as fire ants and coqui frogs.

Tour Fort Pulaski National Monument By Lantern And Candles

You can help keep a 152-year tradition going by attending the traditional Confederate Nog Party at Fort Pulaski National Monument and taking part in night-time tours of the fort by candlelight and oil lamps.

UPDATE: Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks Proposing Sweeping Changes In Fees

Yellowstone National Park officials, seeking to cover more of their bills, are proposing sweeping changes in their fees, from higher entrance fees to backcountry user fees. If all the proposals were instituted, it would generate roughly $3 million for the park, which currently spends about $4 million a year in existing fees on projects ranging from campground upgrades to road repairs.

Draft Report On Recognizing National Park Philanthropy Calls For Logo Placements, Naming Opportunities

National parks long have been largely devoid of overt advertising via logos and sponsorships, but that could change as the National Park Service approaches its centennial in 2016.

Sequoyah: Inventor Of The Cherokee Writing System

Among individuals associated with the Cherokee and their forced journey to a land they didn’t consider home, none was more influential than Sequoyah, the Cherokee who gave his people a system for recording and reading their language.

Trail Ridge Road At Rocky Mountain National Park Closed For Winter

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park was closed for the winter Tuesday, marking the latest date since 2005 that it remained open to wheeled traffic.

National Park Calendar Of Events Flows Over In November And December

Looking for something to do in the National Park System in November and December? Check out this listing of activities, from Andersonville National Historic Site to Yoemite National Park.

Talk Of $30 Million Fiber Optic Network At Yellowstone National Park Renews Debate

Should the wired world end at a national park's entrance gates? That's a controversial question, one that has spurred a petition drive against a wired National Park System and which is generating concern over the enduring sanctity of the parks.

Birding In The National Parks: The Birds No One Seems To See

I’ve spending an awful lot of time thinking about the birds no one sees. That’s not something birders, or anyone, ponders often. We like to think about our lists, talk about the birds we’ve seen and the ones others have seen that we just missed. We don’t talk about the birds that no one ever sees, mostly because we don’t know anything about them.

Sweating The Trail Details In The National Parks: Maintaining Rocky Mountain National Park Trails

Sweat and muscle for trail work in Rocky Mountain National Park comes, in part, in the form of Conservation Corps provided through the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.

Next Time You Visit Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park...

The next you find yourself in Vermont to visit Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, be sure to spend a little time checking out Woodstock. And to help you on your exploration of the town, pick up the 32-page New Birth of Freedom: A Walk Through the Civil War Home Front in Woodstock, Vermont, at the park.

Legal View: Utah Has No Basis To Order Federal Government To Turn Public Lands Over To The State

The state of Utah, which has given the federal government until year's end to turn over roughly 30 million acres of public lands, has not legal basis to make such a claim, according to a legal analysis of the issue.
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Essential Winter Guide '14: Winter Doesn't Have To Be An Off-Season

When it comes to construction skills, male Anhingas are slackers. Oh, they’re good at pulling together nesting materials, but that’s about it. Instead of turning the sticks, twigs, and leafy greenery they collect into a nest for their mates, they stash the materials in trees and let the females build the actual nest.