A $25,000 grant has been contributed by the National Park Foundation to a fire relief fund set up to help those affected by the deadly Chimney Tops Fire that swept Great Smoky Mountains National Park last November.
Parks in the News
The crush is on at Mount Rainier National Park, where nearly 6,000 backcountry permit applications have been filed for the coming season, with nearly half of the applicants seeking to hike the entire 93-mile-long Wonderland Trail.
Winter's weather has caused some damage at the Log Slide Overlook at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, forcing park staff to close the lookout for the immediate future until repairs can be done.
While roadkills have impacted the number of mountain lions in and around Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California, those are offset at times by the arrival of kittens. This week the park staff has announced a new litter of at least one kitten, though there's concern the parents are related.
The first phase of a multi-year research project to reduce the prevalence rate of Chronic Wasting Disease found in the elk population at Wind Cave National Park was recently completed with seven tons of meat sent to a food bank.
One reason the National Park Service has such a hard time reducing its maintenance backlog is the fact that very little stands still in a national park environment. At Yosemite National Park in California, for instance, slippage that damaged a section of the Big Oak Flat Road has kept crews working, and maintenance costs escalating, since late February.
You've long been able to follow the path of great white sharks through the seas, and now you can add black bears wandering about Yosemite National Park to your tracking pastime.
Plowing operations are under way at Glacier National Park, where crews are working to clear the Going-to-the-Sun Road of the winter's snowfall. Once that work is done, construction on parts of the iconic parkway could create some delays for travelers this summer.
18th Century "Sampler" Returned To Chatham At Fredericksburg And Spotsylvania National Military Park
A "sampler" begun by young Martha “Patsy” Fitzhugh before her death in 1793 has returned, Chatham, the place of its creation. It’s likely the sampler has not been at Chatham since the Fitzhugh family moved away from the house in 1798. The sampler will be on display at Chatham at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park for the next three months.
Three new hiking trails at Cabrillo National Monument, including one that links the tidepools to the visitor center, are part of a Trails Management Plan under review at the San Diego park.