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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.

New Maps Promote Lake Mead National Recreation Area's "Accessible Wilderness"

Lake Mead National Recreation Area has just released a set of six maps that describe "self-guided adventures that range from quick trips by car, to peaceful raft trips down the river to a four-wheel-drive backcountry trip to Lake Mead." What makes these maps unique is the fact they're being used to promote the park's nine wilderness areas.

"To Conserve Unimpaired...", Unless Told Otherwise By Congress

Students of National Park Service history are well-familiar with the National Park Service Organic Act, particularly the section of it that reads that the agency's primary mandate is, "....to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein..." But there should be a caveat inserted, one that permits the agency to look away from that mandate.

To Wire, Or Not To Wire, The National Parks, That Is The Question

Should the National Park Service work to see 4G coverage extended to as much of the National Park System as possible? Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility doesn't believe that should happen, and is behind a petition drive to have that idea spiked before we find visitors experiencing the parks in the palms of their hands, and not by using all their senses.

Lockhouses Along Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park Open For Celebration

Next weekend offers you a great chance to check out the lockhouses along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal that sheltered the lock keepers back when the canal was a key transportation route.

Drinking Water Advisory Issued At Grand Canyon National Park

Usually when you hear "don't drink the water" advisories, a third-world country comes to mind. In this case, it's for hikers in the backcountry of Grand Canyon National Park.

UPDATED: National Park Foundation Head Resigns, Yellowstone Superintendent To Take Job Temporarily

Neil Mulholland announced his resignation Friday as president and chief executive officer of the National Park Foundation, a surprise development that comes just as the Foundation is entering a "critical phase" for fund-raising keyed to the National Park Service Centennial in 2016. Replacing him on a temporary basis was Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk.

Judge Asked To Reconsider Certain Aspects Of Big Cypress National Preserve Addition Lands Ruling

A coalition of conservation groups that came out on the short end of a ruling pertaining to off-road vehicle use in the Addition Lands section of Big Cypress National Preserve has asked the judge to reconsider four aspects of his decision.

Dinosaur National Monument Proposes Doubling Of Entrance Fee

Fees to enter Dinosaur National Monument are proposed to double under a structure dictated by the National Park Service headquarters in Washington.

Wind Cave National Park Bison Provide Stock For Five Preserves

Healthy bison herds at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota are sowing their genes through a program with The Nature Conservancy that operates bison preserves in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Illinois.

Conservation Groups Say Gray Wolf Spotted On North Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park

Nearly 20 years after gray wolves were returned to Yellowstone National Park, conservationists believe a "disperser" has found its way to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and is looking to carve out a home range.

Guest Column| Defending The Science That Explains Climate Change

Adam Markham, director of climate impacts for the Union of Concerned Scientists' Climate and Energy Program and a co-author of the report “National Landmarks at Risk," has written the following rebuttal to Dr. Daniel B. Botkin's column on climate change and his thoughts on what is, and isn't, driving it.

Mystery Photo Revealed: It's The Old Man In The Lake!

Travelers to Crater Lake National Park could tell the Old Man of the Lake when they spotted it.

Many Yellowstone National Park Roads About To Close For Winter To Wheeled Traffic

With October nearing an end, so are your days for driving your own vehicle into Yellowstone National Park.

Twenty-One-Year-Old New York Woman Named As Suspect In "Creepytings" Vandalism In Western Parks

A 21-year-old New York woman, Casey Nocket, was identified Wednesday by the National Park Service as the prime suspect involved in painting images on rock outcrops in at least eight Western national parks.

Instagramming Park Vandal Is Just The Latest To Hit The National Parks And Show-Off Their Crimes

A carefree New Yorker who left acrylic calling cards on the landscape of at least 10 national parks is just the latest vandal to "show-off" her work via Social Media channels. Another scofflaw recently entered a guilty plea to illegal behavior in Yosemite National Park that he, too, showcased via Instragram, a form of self-promotion that provided investigators with the clues they needed to land a conviction.

Big Bend National Park's "Good Neighbor Day" A Success Despite Remote Location

Finding ways to get students to parks is an ongoing challenge, especially with school budgets for field trips facing cuts in many areas. Those difficulties are even greater in places like Big Bend National Park, since it's many a mile to the nearest town. Thanks to help from partner organizations, a recent "Good Neighbor Day" at Big Bend attracted a nice crowd, and many of those attending were first-time visitors.
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon In 1983 the Glen Canyon Dam was poised to fail, but high waters through the Grand Canyon led three veteran boatmen to attempt a speed-run down the Colorado River under a full moon.

Photo For Social Media Goes Awry And Ends In Rescue At Yosemite National Park

Whether you use social media or still rely on old fashioned snapshots, you've probably seen—and perhaps participated in—a picture of a group doing something slightly goofy during trip to a park. Occasionally, such attempts for an unusual pose go awry, and that was the case recently at Yosemite National Park. The end result was a painful injury and litter carry out for the subject of the photo.

Photography In The National Parks: Don't Let The Weather Get You Down

In Yellowstone National Park today the wind was blowing cold air, snow and rain into my face as I stood in Lamar Valley and watched as the “new” Lamar Canyon pack, two adults and six pups, made their first public appearance in their valley. The pack visited an old carcass, ran, played and hunted a 7-point bull elk.

Higher Entrance Fees Proposed For Cape Cod National Seashore

Proposed entrance fees floated by Cape Cod National Seashore officials, if approved, would boost the cost of driving into the seashore in your car by one-third. The rise would be even steeper if you came in on foot or bike or on a motorcycle.

Energy Saving Projects Implemented In National Parks In Greater Washington, D.C., Region

The National Park Service is investing $29 million in 81 individual energy efficiency and water conservation projects at national parks throughout the greater Washington region. This unprecedented commitment to reducing energy use and generating energy from renewable sources is the largest to date among the nine bureaus in the Department of the Interior.

It's Physics: Why Smaller Backpackers Can Carry Heavy Packs

Physics seems to have an answer for just about everything. How else could you explain why smaller backpackers can carry rather large backpacks?

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Honored By NPCA

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk, who was able to end years of litigation over a winter-use plan for the park, has been honored by the National Parks Conservation Association for his achievements during a nearly four-decade career with the National Park Service.

Horse Group Agrees To Maintain Some Trails At Mammoth Cave National Park

A horsemen's organization in Kentucky has stepped up to help maintain trails at Mammoth Cave National Park.

Guest Column|Climate Is Changing, And Some Parks Are Endangered, But Humans Aren't The Cause

For those of us who love our national parks and are confronted daily with media, politicians, and pundits warning us of a coming global-warming disaster, it’s only natural to ask what that warming will mean for our national parks. This is exactly what the well- known Union of Concerned Scientists discuss in their recent report, National Landmarks at Risk: How Rising Seas, Floods, and Wildfires Are Threatening the UnitedStates’Most Cherished Historic Sites.

Fire At Flight 93 National Memorial Destroyed Hundreds Of Valuable Items, Many Others Saved

A fire of undetermined cause that swept through three buildings at Flight 93 National Memorial earlier this month destroyed hundreds, if not thousands, of valuable items, including personal items recovered from the crash scene.

RV Village At Lake Mead National Recreation Area Named One Of Most Scenic In America

When it comes to outstanding scenery and RV campgrounds, it's hard to beat the views from the RV Village at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada.

150th Sand Creek Massacre Remembrance Event At The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

This November 29 marks the 150th year since the Sand Creek Massacre was carried out. On that fateful day, regiments of Colorado (U.S.) Volunteer Cavalry attacked a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho village along the Big Sandy Creek. The surprise attack resulted in the deaths of approximately 200 men, women and children. Those who lost their lives will be remembered as part of the commemoration activities planned at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site throughout the day.