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President Obama's FY2016 Budget Request Includes $3 Billion For National Park Service

President Obama's budget request for the 2016 fiscal year seeks $2.6 billion for the National Park Service, an increase of $55 million from current funding levels. That request seeks hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure needs, such as renovations to the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park and for safety, efficiency, and access upgrades to the visitor's center at Gettysburg National Military Park.

A New Look Is Coming To The Traveler...

A new look is coming to National Parks Traveler, one that mobile phone users will rejoice over!

Your Two-Minute Break To Enjoy Wildlife Along The Moose-WIlson Road In Grand Teton National Park

Watch the unique wildlife and scenery of the Moose-Wilson corridor in action! Grand Teton National Park managers are studying the resources of the corridor as part of an effort to plan for its future.
Ponderosa: Big Pine of the Southwest They are one of the iconic trees found in parts of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain states. You can’t miss their massive stature and warm, red trunks when you’re out on a hike in the national parks.

Another "Off-Season" Rescue At Rocky Mountain National Park

The winter season may not be as busy as the summer in terms of total visitation at Rocky Mountain National Park, but the scaled-down "off-season" staff has stayed plenty busy with rescues. The past week brought a multi-day search for a hiker on an ill-advised attempt to cross the park via Trail Ridge Road; that effort was followed yesterday by the rescue of a climber after a fall in the park's backcountry.

The World's Largest National Park Is "Not Your Typical National Park"

The nation of Greenland only has one national park...but when a park has this many superlatives, one is probably enough. The world's largest national park covers more territory than all but 30 entire countries, and features dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife. However, due to its relative inaccessibility, it is not a national park in the traditional sense, and a visit to Greenland National Park requires plenty of advance planning.

Application Period Opens For Non-Commercial River Trip Permits At Grand Canyon National Park

Today marks the opening of the application period for the permit lottery for 2016 Noncommerical River Trip launch dates at Grand Canyon National Park. Applications will be accepted online through noon Mountain Standard Time on February 24.

2nd Annual Essential Guide To Paddling The Parks

Flat water. Whitewater. Tranquil pools and rising tides. All this and more abounds in the National Park System’s water world. Though often described as “more than 84 million acres” of landscape, the system also embraces endless miles of streams, lakeshore, and ocean front. It’s a watery landscape you can explore for half-a-day, or for the rest of your life.

Bobwhite Quail Recovery Project Under Way At Pea Ridge National Military Park

Efforts are under way at Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas to rebuild habitat for bobwhite quail, a grasslands bird that has suffered from declining habitat nation-wide.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument Reopens To Visitors

Rainbow Bridge National Monument, which had been closed to most visitors for trail repairs, fully reopened Friday.

General Management Plan For Ozark National Scenic Riverways Approved By National Park Service

A plan to manage the Ozark National Scenic Riverways for the next two decades has been approved by the National Park Service, though some elements might not immediately be implemented.

How Bears Can Help Change Vegetative Landscapes In National Parks

Whether you believe wolves can have an impact on the course of rivers in Yellowstone National Park or not, there is evidence that bears can impact the vegetation of a landscape, simply by eating.

Blizzard Of '15 Takes Out Nauset Light Beach Staircase At Cape Cod National Seashore

Well, time again to order a new set of beach access stairs for Nauset Light Beach at Cape Cod National Seashore. The staircase, which was replaced in 2013 after a winter storm, was taken out by the "Blizzard of '15," according to Seashore Superintendent George Price.

UPDATE: New Yorker Who Thought He Could Hike Across Trail Ridge Road In Rocky Mountain National Park Missing

A New York man who thought he could hike across Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park in the middle of winter was found Thursday and airlifted to a hospital.

Tennessee Group Moves To Conserve More Than 100 Acres Within Obed Wild And Scenic River

A non-profit group in Tennessee has acquired more than 100 acres within the border of Obed Wild and Scenic River with the intent to preserve them from development.

Rare Fox Spotted In Yosemite National Park

In a stroke of luck, a remote, motion-triggered camera in Yosemite National Park has captured a Sierra Nevada red fox out for a winter's day stroll in what is believed to be the first sighting of the rare carnivore in nearly a century.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Moves To Implement Higher Entrance, Campground Fees

It's going to cost a bit more to get into Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, and camping fees are going up as well.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Seeking "Memories" For Exhibits On St. Thomas Townsite

In 1856 Mormon settlers established the small town of St. Thomas, Nevada, at the confluence of the Muddy and Virgin Rivers. After the construction of Hoover Dam, the town was inundated by the rising waters of Lake Mead in 1938. Now a prolonged drought and lower lake levels have once again revealed the site of St. Thomas, and the staff at Lake Mead National Recreation Area is looking for help developing interpretive information about the former town.

Grand Teton National Park Crews Clean Up Spray-Paint Vandalism In Homestead Cabin

An historic homesteader's cabin at Grand Teton National Park that had been vandalized by someone armed with cans of spray paint has had the image removed, though more work needs to be done to restore the weathered patina nearly 100 years of exposure had created.

Time To Join Grand Teton National Park Rangers For A Snowshoe Stroll

Cross your fingers for clear skies over Grand Teton National Park this coming Saturday, for park rangers are planning to lead a moonlight stroll. Along with Saturday's planned outing, a Taggart Lake snowshoe walk is scheduled during the day on Saturday, February 7, as a part of Jackson Hole Winter Trails Day celebrations.

U.S. Code Might Allow National Park Service To Ignore Trademarks Of Lodge Names

Efforts by concessionaires to capitalize on the names of such iconic lodges as The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park and the El Tovar Hotel in Grand Canyon National Park might prove to be pointless under a section of the U.S. Code.

Birding In The National Parks: Rusty Blackbirds, Where Have You Gone?

We all know about the more charismatic of the endangered and threatened bird species. Trail closures in Acadia National Park and Big Bend National Park remind us that Peregrine Falcons nest on cliffs in parks across the country. Piping Plovers are diminutive shorebirds that bring outsized responses of both appreciation and consternation when their nesting causes beach closures in the national seashores along the Atlantic.

Shenandoah National Park Officials Tweak Proposal For Higher Entrance Fees

Are current entrance fees at Shenandoah National Park reasonable? Not if Shenandoah is to continue as a "world-class park," according to Superintendent Jim Northrup.

Montana Man Found Dead On Yellowstone National Park Ski Trail

A Montana man out for a cross-country ski in Yellowstone National Park apparently died of hypothermia, park officials said Monday.

Body Of Hiker Missing In Olympic National Park Found

The body of a Washington man who went missing in Olympic National Park just before Christmas has been found and recovered.

Part Of Inner Gorge Of Grand Canyon National Park To Become "Construction Zone" For Several Months

Hikers, and even river runners, could run into a construction zone on the floor of Grand Canyon National Park during the coming months as work is performed to replace a section of the Trans-Canyon Pipeline that brings water to the park.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways GMP Raises Questions Of Political Pressures

A much-awaited General Management Plan for Ozark National Scenic Riverways, one that in its draft stages drew calls for the park to be given to the state of Missouri, reflects political pressures, not the best environmental protections for the Riverways, according to one observer.

Assateague Island National Seashore Turning 50 This Year

Add Assateague Island National Seashore to your list of birthday cards to send out. The seashore, which sprawls across parts of Maryland and Virginia, turns 50 in September.

President Obama Proposing Wilderness, Wild And Scenic River Designations For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

President Obama, in a move certain to generate controversy, is pushing for the country's largest wilderness designation to be bestowed on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Additionally, the Democrat wants four rivers -- the Atigun, Hulahula, Kongakut, and Marsh Fork Canning -- to be added to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Multiple Wildfires Plus Rescue Test The Staff And Cooperators At Buffalo National River

The past week was an especially busy one for park staff and cooperating agencies at Buffalo National River. Dry winter weather set the stage for four responses to wildfires, including multiple fires on the same day, and just to keep life interesting, those incidents overlapped with a call for help when a rider was injured after a fall from a mule on a backcountry trail.