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Arches National Park Searching For Solution To Parking Problems At Delicate Arch Trailhead

If you've ever tried to find a parking spot at the Delicate Arch Trailhead in Arches National Park, you know there's not enough space to meet demand. But how should the national park address the problem?
The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition Today is March 11, a date North American birders have been looking forward to for quite some time. This is the publication date for the second edition of the Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley. Let the quibbling begin.

Gettysburg Park Advisory Commission To Meet In April

Gettysburg National Military Park’s Advisory Commission will meet in early April to provide an update on the Museum and Visitor Center, battlefield landscape rehabilitation, the development of a park fire management plan, and other park projects and to provide a citizens' open forum.

Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee Wants Your Thoughts

The agencies entrusted with managing federal lands within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are asking the public to help them determine which ecosystem issues should be the focus in the future.

C&O Canal Trust, C&O Canal National Historical Park Receive ACHP Chairman’s Award For Canal Quarters Program

Canal Quarters, an innovative program that preserves and provides public use of historic lockkeepers’ houses along the 184.5-mile Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, has received the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation.

Essential Paddling Guide: Colorado River’s Flows Threatened By Growing Demands, Drier Climate

“Running on empty” unfortunately is a very apt description of the Colorado River Basin, which long has had its water overcommitted. Today, the vast watershed that stretches from the mountains of Colorado to the Gulf of California and helps nourish some 30 million residents in the Southwest and Mexico is mired in a long-running drought that threatens to dramatically recast the already-arid region.

Exploring The Parks: A Day At Buck Island Reef National Monument

From the top of the observation tower
Buck Island Reef National Monument, off the coast of Christiansted in St. Croix, the US Virgin Island is an island paradise. Snorkel, hike,watch birds and drink rum punch.

Annual Bison Reduction At Yellowstone National Park Ends With 600 Hunted, Culled

The annual reduction of bison from Yellowstone National Park has ended, with an estimated 600 of the iconic animals removed from the park's herds via hunting or culling.

National Park Service Proposing Hunting Restrictions In Alaskan Units

The National Park Service, responding to the state of Alaska's liberalized hunting seasons for predators, is proposing to shorten the hunting seasons in some of its units in the state.

Rare Killer Whale Skeleton From Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve Goes On Public Display

In the summer of 2005 a killer whale calf was found dead in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and the discovery led to an unusual opportunity. Very few complete killer whale skeletons are known to be on display anywhere in the country, and now, after an impressive cooperative effort, the articulated skeleton has gone on public display near the park.

The Sounds Of Austria's National Parks

"Sounds Like Nature" provides a novel, and fanciful, listen to Austria's national parks.

Ramsay Cascades Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Temporarily Closed

Storm damage to a footbridge that crosses Ramsey Prong in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will force closure of the Ramsey Cascades Trail into late April.

Snowpack Points To Bodacious White-Water Rafting Season In Southwestern National Parks

With March typically one of the snowier months of the year in the Rocky Mountains, the coming summer float season on rivers through Dinosaur National Monument, Canyonlands National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park will be something to rave about.

More Than 400 Stream Miles In Grand Teton, Yellowstone Added To Wild And Scenic River System

One of the West's great rivers is the Snake, which forms in Yellowstone National Park and flows on through Grand Teton National Park. While it's reputation is known, now more than 400 miles of the tributaries that feed the Snake's headwaters are being protected as part of the national wild and scenic river system.

Grizzly Bears Stirring In Yellowstone National Park

Spring can't be far off, as grizzly bears are starting to stir in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, a development that hikers, skiers, and snowshoers should take note of.

Railroad Receives Permission To Do Avalanche Control At Glacier National Park

That booming sound you hear near the southern boundary of Glacier National Park could be from explosives used to do avalanche control above the tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks.

Wildfire In Shenandoah Caused By Illegal Campfire

A wildfire that flared up in Shenandoah National Park was caused by an illegal campfire that wasn't doused, park officials say.

Authorities Looking For Who Stole Historic Glass Window From Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Wanted: A very meticulous thief who managed to take a 4-foot-by-1-foot window from a historic cabin in the Elkmont Historic District in Great Smoky Mountains National Park without breaking a pane.

Burl Thieves Prompt Nighttime Road Closure At Redwood National And State Parks

National parks face plenty of challenges from crooks determined to steal everything from cacti at Saguaro National Park to ginseng from the Blue Ridge Parkway, but a growing problem at Redwood National and State Parks takes plant thievery to a whole new level. Poaching of burls from redwood trees is destroying the huge trees, and had led to the nighttime closure of a road in the park

Essential Paddling Guide: Sea Kayaks And Sea Caves Of Channel Islands National Park

Channel Island Outfitters can lead you through the caves and down into the kelp forests of Channel Islands National Park, a remote and isolated realm that is home to a unique faunal assemblage.
Philanthropy and the National Park Service National park partners -- friends groups and cooperating associations -- are integral to the health of the National Park System in these days of economic malaise and political dogfighting. But is the National Park Service properly leveraging, or even monitoring, those groups? Not according to a book examining park philanthropy.

Voyageurs National Park Receives $150,000 Grant From Key Partner Organization

The importance of partner organizations to National Park Service areas becomes increasingly important every year in the face of ongoing budget challenges, and Voyageurs National Park offers an excellent example of such support. The Voyageurs National Park Association has announced a three year Landmark Grant that totals $150,000 in assistance for a variety of needs.

Reader Participation Day: What Deviations From National Park Standards Have You Seen?

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Readers Participation Day. The National Park Service has many standards in its interactions with visitors. Have you seen deviations from them? Do they bother you?

Where Will Spring Find You In The National Park System?

Where will you turn up in the National Park System this spring? Our friends at Eastern National have the following suggestions for you to consider.

Congress Passes Wilderness Bill For Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Halfway To Withdrawing Lands Near Glacier National Park From Leasing

With a simple voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation to set aside 32,500 acres of official wilderness at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and to further protect Glacier National Park from oil and gas exploration.

President's FY15 Budget Proposal For National Park Service Requests Slight Increase

President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget contains a slight, $55 million increase for the National Park Service, though that number could swell to more than $650 million if Congress goes along with the president's vision.

Photography In The National Parks: Telling A Story With Your Photos

The photographs you take while visiting a national park tell a story to your viewers, with or without accompanying words, as explained in this Big Bend tale by Rebecca Latson.

The Power Of A 4-Year-Old: Connecting Grand Teton National Park Visitors

A 4-year-old whose love for Grand Teton National Park was instilled in him by visits there with his grandfather has managed to connect a stream of park visitors through a journal he left in a bear box donated in his name.

National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity

How far the national parks have come, from being described in the 19th century as unproductive wastelands to get congressional approval to now being described as economic engines that are behind nearly $27 billion in business.

Essential Paddling Guide: Everglades, Biscayne National Parks' Treasures Need More Protections

You have to get wet to truly appreciate Biscayne National Park in South Florida. Gazing out across Biscayne Bay, and beyond Hawk Channel into the Atlantic Ocean, you can take in the expanse of the park’s surface, but none of the wonders that lurk beneath.