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Glacier records busiest summer ever
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Glacier National Park is on track to set a new annual visitation record before the year is up after welcoming more than 1,985,000 visitors to the park this summer. The Daily Inter Lake reports (http://bit.ly/2cygtHn ) the National Park Service released figures Thursday that show Glacier ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Glacier National Park National Park Service Going-to-the-Sun Road Logan Pass Environmental impact statement Lake McDonald Jackson Glacier
Why was Philly trash dumped in South Jersey wildlife refuge?

-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | New Jersey National Park Service Courier-Post South Jersey Philadelphia Camden New Jersey Black-and-white films Abuse
Brecksville Dam demolition the focus of public hearing tonight in Peninsula (photos)
The public will receive its first look this evening at what the Cuyahoga River will look like after the Brecksville Dam is removed next year or the year after. PENINSULA, Ohio - The public will receive its first look this evening at what the Cuyahoga River will look like after the Brecksville Dam is removed next year or the year after. The open house will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Happy Days Lodge, 500 West Streetsboro Road (Ohio 303) just East of Peninsula. The presentation is sponsored by the Ohio EPA and the National Park Service. Conservationists and friends of the Cuyahoga River generally support the dam demolition plan and the environmental benefits the plan will bring to the water quality and wildlife habitat in the river. No organized opposition is expected. "We're excited," said Pam Barnes, a spokeswoman for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "This is really a good thing for the river." "This project is exactly what we need for the Cuyahoga," said Peter Bode, watershed coordinator for Cuyahoga River Restoration. "It is ridding a major barrier for our migratory species to spawn upriver ... and nothing but a positive for the ecology of the region." Any grumbling about the dam's removal likely will be limited to steelhead trout anglers who enjoy casting their lines into the base of the dam's spillway, where the game fish congregate, unable to proceed upstream. "That is the shooting-fish-in-a-barrel place to be," said Jane Goodman, Cuyahoga River Restoration's executive director. "But it's a small dam. Most people don't even know it's there. I don't expect anyone except the steelhead anglers to have any objections." The EPA and parks officials will present the results of an environmental assessment conducted on the eight-foot tall, 183-foot long dam which spans the river just north of the Station Road bridge trailhead along the Towpath Trail. The assessment identifies an ecological restoration strategy to improve water quality while preserving the Ohio and Erie Canal's cultural integrity as a National Historic Landmark. The EPA and national park officials have proposed completely removing the dam, thus restoring the river to its natural flow conditions. They plan to install a pump to supply as much as 13 million gallons of water a day to the adjacent canal. By removing the dam, state environmentalists would move a step closer to returning the Cuyahoga to a free-flowing river, leaving the 57-foot high Gorge Dam between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls as the only impediment from its source in Geauga County to its mouth at Lake Erie. Removing the Gorge Dam, however, could cost as much as $70 million.
73 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga River Ohio and Erie Canal Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park Lake Erie Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio National Park Service
400 acres donated to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park has grown by 400 acres, officials announced Wednesday. This is the largest expansion in close to seven decades.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Yosemite National Park National Park Service John Muir National park
Yosemite expanding by 400 acres
The Trust for Public Land purchased Ackerson Meadow and donated it to the national park.
-1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | National Park Service Yosemite National Park National park Plant
Arundel's 'Ranger Vince' back on familiar turf for Defenders Day
You can take the ranger out of Fort McHenry, but you can't take the love of the fort out of the ranger. Anne Arundel County native Vince Vaise — best known by his fans as the ever-enthusiastic "Ranger Vince" — might no longer officially work in Baltimore after 27 years, but he can't stay away. ...
175 points by Baltimore Sun | The Star-Spangled Banner Fort McHenry Anne Arundel County Maryland Francis Scott Key War of 1812 Battle of Baltimore National Park Service United States
Officials: Yosemite National Park to add 400 acres of meadows, forest in largest expansion in decades
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Officials: Yosemite National Park to add 400 acres of meadows, forest in largest expansion in decades.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Yosemite National Park Weather National Park Service Mariposa County California Sierra Nevada Madera County California Yosemite Valley John Muir
Yosemite announces biggest expansion in 70 years, adding new meadows and forest land
In the biggest expansion in 70 years, Yosemite National Park officials announced Wednesday the addition of 400 acres to the park. The addition features wetlands and a grassy meadow surrounded by tall pine trees on rolling hills that are home to endangered wildlife.  Ackerson Meadow is located along...
23897 points by Los Angeles Times | Yosemite National Park Great Grey Owl National Park Service Sierra Nevada National park John Muir Pine
Officials: Yosemite National Park to add 400 acres of meadows, forest in largest expansion in decade
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Officials: Yosemite National Park to add 400 acres of meadows, forest in largest expansion in decades.
1 points by The Washington Times | Yosemite National Park National Park Service Mariposa County California Sierra Nevada Madera County California Yosemite Valley John Muir National park
Montana DEQ requests more information on mining application
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Montana environmental officials have once again asked a company for more information about its plan to mine for gold on the border of Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2bTsFAK ) that the Department of Environmental Quality has asked Crevice Mining Group LLC to ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Yellowstone National Park Bozeman Montana Montana Gallatin County Montana United States National Park Service Yellowstone River National park
50 state secrets to visit around the USA
How well do you know your own state, or the rest of the union?        
-1 points by Arizona Republic | Yosemite National Park Park State park Black Hills National Park Service
Missing hiker found alive after 5 days in national park
A Central New York man who spent five days lost in the Colorado wilderness has been found alive, according to reports. Bryan Skilinski was discovered in “relatively good health” after enduring some 120 hours lost in deep snow after becoming disoriented on Feb. 11 while hiking through The Great Sand Dunes Park in Southwestern Colorado,...
713 points by New York Post | National Park Service New York Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Health Dunes Colorado Health care Dune
National parks are free Monday for Presidents Day
National parks across the nation, including the six in Colorado, will be free Monday in celebration of Presidents Day
4 points by The Denver Post | National Park Service Bureau of Land Management National Public Lands Day National park Conservation in the United States Appalachian Trail Zion National Park Bryce Canyon National Park
Ice climbing festival celebrates slippery slopes
Annual Michigan Ice Fest returns in Alger County and along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Climbing Ice climbing Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Mountaineering Rock climbing National Park Service Alger County Michigan Bouldering
Free entry to national parks and forests on Presidents Day
If you don’t have plans for Presidents Day, maybe it’s time to make some. National parks and national forests that charge entrance fees will be free to all on the Monday holiday. That means you save $25 at Joshua Tree National Park and $30 at Yosemite National Park, for example. And, in the local...
45 points by Los Angeles Times | National Park Service Death Valley National Park Yosemite National Park National park Pacific Crest Trail John Muir Mojave Desert Sequoia
Yosemite ‘firefall’ illuminates waterfall to glow like lava (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
The incredible Yosemite ‘firefall’ phenomenon has struck again, and with astounding results. The anomaly takes place once a year in February, but isn’t guaranteed every year as it needs exactly the right conditions to fall into place first. Read Full Article at RT.com
508 points by Russia Today | Yosemite National Park El Capitan Yosemite Valley Mariposa County California Half Dome Sentinel Dome John Muir National Park Service
‘Firefall’ phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite’s El Capitan
Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California’s Yosemite National Park, where every February the setting sun draws a narrow sliver of light on a waterfall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava.
-2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Yosemite Valley Yosemite National Park El Capitan National Park Service Sierra Nevada Glacier Point Mariposa County California Light
'Firefall' phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite's El Capitan
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California's Yosemite National Park, where every February the setting sun draws a narrow sliver of light on a waterfall to make it glow like a…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Yosemite National Park Yosemite Valley Fresno California El Capitan Mariposa County California National Park Service Sierra Nevada Glacier Point
Park service plans more paddling access to Potomac in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Park Service says it plans to expand public access for kayaking and rowing on the Potomac River in the District of Columbia's Georgetown neighborhood. The agency said in a statement this week it has approved a plan for the phased development of 42,000 square feet ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Washington D.C. National Park Service Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Potomac River Alexandria Virginia West Virginia Virginia Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Why is Chuck Grassley tweeting at Donald Trump?
Iowa's senior senator tried to draw Trump's attention to the issues of government transparency and democracy in Russia.
234 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate President of the United States White House Chuck Grassley National Park Service Melania Trump Arlen Specter Bill Clinton
Colorado’s public lands are boosting local economies
As citizens, government officials and business owners grapple with the value of public lands, one things holds true: Federal designation of an area as a national park or monument can help the local economy. The two newest national monuments in Colorado are buoying the communities that surround them.
794 points by The Denver Post | National park National Park Service Colorado municipalities Bureau of Land Management Archuleta County Colorado Colorado Salida Colorado Federal lands
New photo shows ‘beautiful, resilient’ Harriet Tubman
A previously undocumented photograph has emerged from the ether of history, showing the Underground Railroad "conductor" in her younger days...       
35546 points by USA Today | Underground Railroad Slavery in the United States Harriet Tubman Abolitionism American Civil War National Park Service Dorchester County Maryland Kate Larson
Bison sent to slaughter over Montana tribes' objections
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has started shipping hundreds of wild bison to slaughter for disease control as a quarantine facility that could help spare many of the animals sits empty because of a political dispute.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Yellowstone National Park American Bison Montana National Park Service Billings Montana United States National park Yellowstone River
Yellowstone allows campfires again
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Campers in Yellowstone National Park can enjoy campfires again. The National Park Service on Wednesday lowered fire restrictions that prohibited campfires since last week because of extreme fire danger. However, the park has seen cooler temperatures and some rain this week. Campfires are now ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | National Park Service Yellowstone National Park Fire Washington D.C. National park Wyoming Camping Fort Yellowstone
Santa Monica middle school reopens after possible norovirus exposure
A Santa Monica middle school reopened Monday after being ordered closed late last week after a potential norovirus outbreak, officials said. John Adams Middle School officials on Friday canceled classes and closed the campus for cleaning after dozens of students came down with symptoms akin to...
12 points by Los Angeles Times | Yosemite National Park High school National Park Service Epidemiology Gastroenteritis Crane Flat
‘Nature is the great equalizer’: A black couple’s road trip discovering the national parks
A few years ago, a dear friend and I traveled to the Grand Canyon — a trip we'd talked about taking for a decade before we actually made it happen. It was my third visit to the copper-colored wonder of the world, but my friend had never been. I grew up with parents who drove us all over the United...
596 points by Chicago Tribune | National park Yellowstone National Park National Park Service Yosemite National Park Black people Race Ohio and Erie Canal Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Yellowstone visitor suffers fatal fall into boiling-hot acidic geyser
A man who was dissolved in a scorching-hot acidic geyser while visiting Yellowstone National Park during the summer had been trying to find a place to bathe when he accidentally fell into the spring. Read Full Article at RT.com
1020 points by Russia Today | Yellowstone National Park Temperature National Park Service Celsius Absolute zero Fahrenheit Boiling point Thermodynamic temperature
National park photo ops: Head for the very back to snap a photo of this Alaska train
The Alaska Railroad delivers hundreds of visitors a day in Denali National Park & Preserve. The long, domed train is best photographed from the last car while it stretches and curves along the track. At Alaska's Denali National Park, the peak moments come wild and high » ALSO National park photo...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | National Park Service Photography Alaska Mount McKinley United States Denali National Park and Preserve Alaska Range Bureau of Land Management
Hiker who fell into Yellowstone hot spring 'dissolved overnight'
The body of a hiker who who fell into a hot spring at Yellowstone Park was never retrieved because it "most likely dissolved overnight."
564 points by Daily News | National Park Service Geyser Yellowstone National Park Water Fahrenheit National park Hot spring Spring
This girl is going blind — but she wants to see the world first
A little girl who survived a liver transplant six years ago may soon lose function in another organ. Ashley Watson, 12, of Mill Creek in Washington is expected to go blind in two years – but not before she completes an adventure-filled eyesight bucket list she devised with her supportive family. Doctors believe that Watson’s...
1410 points by New York Post | Eiffel Tower National Park Service Liver Zion National Park Paris Yellowstone National Park Gustave Eiffel New Year
Man's death in Yellowstone hot spring explained
An Oregon man who died after falling into a boiling, acidic spring in Yellowstone National Park in June, was trying to ‘hot pot,” or soak in one of the park’s thermal pools, according to a report on the accident.          
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Water Hot spring Yellowstone National Park Spring National Park Service Geyser Volcano Geysir
Garth Brooks, others join National Christmas Tree lineup
WASHINGTON (AP) - Country and folk rock have been added to the musical lineup for this year's lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The National Park Service announced Thursday that country singers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood and folk-rock band the Lumineers will be part of the festivities Dec. 1. ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Washington D.C. Herbert Hoover Grammy Award winners White House Calvin Coolidge Rock music National Park Service United States Secretary of the Interior
Report: Ore. man who died in Yellowstone hot spring was trying to 'hot pot'
An Oregon man who died after falling into a boiling, acidic spring in Yellowstone National Park in June, was trying to ‘hot spot,” or soak i...       
11350 points by USA Today | Water Hot spring Yellowstone National Park Spring National Park Service Geyser Volcano Geysir
National park photo ops: In case of emergency, break glass - or just take a picture
Sometimes the best compositions just happen. While bouncing along on an old tour bus in Denali National Park & Preserve in Alaska, I looked over at a friend who was dozing off. He was bored, and I was looking for pictures. The graphics of the emergency exit were calling to me and waiting for the...
28 points by Los Angeles Times | Mount McKinley National Park Service Alaska Photography Denali National Park and Preserve Focus Aperture Alaska Range
Where's the love? Isle Royale among least-visited national parks
Isle Royale National Park is beautiful and wondrous - but only attracts just more than 18,000 people per year        
1491 points by Detroit Free Press | Isle Royale National Park National Park Service Upper Peninsula of Michigan Lake Superior Michigan Isle Royale Great Smoky Mountains National Park Grand Canyon National Park
What about DAPL? Obama administration cancels oil & gas lease on native land in Montana
The Blackfoot are breathing a sigh of relief as the federal government canceled oil and gas exploration on sacred land bordering their reservation in Montana. Nationwide protests are pressuring Washington to do the same with the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read Full Article at RT.com
1097 points by Russia Today | National Park Service Montana Native Americans in the United States Sioux Glacier National Park South Dakota Blackfeet North Dakota
Body pulled from Colorado River may be missing river guide
Authorities at Grand Canyon National Park say a body has been pulled from the Colorado River and it's believed to that of a missing guide from a commercial trip ...
1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Arizona Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon Coconino County Arizona National Park Service Colorado River Mohave County Arizona Tusayan Arizona
Washington, Barry statues get shine back in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The National Park Service is putting the shine back on to two much-photographed statues of George Washington and Commodore John Barry outside Independence Hall.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | National Park Service United States Navy John Barry United States American Revolution National Register of Historic Places Washington Continental Navy
America’s best train journeys, ranked
You’ll cross lofty trestles, swoop through long tunnels and snake alongside rivers.         
1833 points by Arizona Republic | Grand Canyon Amtrak Rail transport National Park Service Colorado River Arizona Coast Starlight Narrow gauge railway
Where's the love? Isle Royale among the least-visited national parks
Isle Royale National Park is beautiful and wondrous - but only attracts just more than 18,000 people per year        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Isle Royale National Park National Park Service Upper Peninsula of Michigan Lake Superior Michigan Isle Royale Great Smoky Mountains National Park Grand Canyon National Park
Federal contracts in N.H. through Sept. 15
M.E. Latulippi Construction Inc. of Ashland won a $309,982 federal contract set aside for small business from the U.S. Forest Service for the construction and reconstruction of various timber roads. The place of performance will be at the Pemigewasset District at the White Mountain National Forest,...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Grand Coulee Dam National Park Service United States Department of Defense Thrust bearing Washington United States Bureau of Reclamation Bearing Federal government of the United States
Documents detail government damage of Trail of Tears
COKER CREEK, Tenn. — The U.S. Forest Service has ripped up a portion of the Trail of Tears in the Appalachian Mountains, reopening wounds for Native Americans who consider sacred the land where thousands of their ancestors died during their forced migration westward.
16 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Cherokee Tennessee United States Forest Service Native Americans in the United States National Park Service Muscogee Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Cherokee Nation
Isle Royale among least-visited national parks
Isle Royale National Park is beautiful and wondrous - but only attracts just more than 18,000 people per year        
1491 points by Detroit Free Press | Isle Royale National Park National Park Service Upper Peninsula of Michigan Lake Superior Michigan Great Smoky Mountains National Park Isle Royale Grand Canyon National Park
Yellowstone National Park: 10 tips to make the most of your visit
With more than 3,472 square miles to see, it's good to start your trip with a plan.         
-1 points by Arizona Republic | Yellowstone National Park National Park Service Rustic National Park Service Old Faithful Inn Old Faithful Geyser Geothermal areas of Yellowstone National park Lewis Lake
Ohio legislators want Underground Railroad site designated national monument
Congress members from Ohio want the John P. Parker house, a stop on the Underground Railroad, designated as a national monument. WASHINGTON D.C. - A group of Congress members from Ohio want the National Park Service to designate the Cincinnati-area house of a former slave and abolitionist as a national monument. The Ripley home where John P. Parker operated a busy Underground Railroad stop is already a museum and National Historic Landmark. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Columbus-area Democrat Joyce Beatty have sponsored legislation that would require the National Park Service to incorporate the facility into the park system. Doing so would mean the John P. Parker House wouldn't depend on local funds to operate.   In addition to helping more than 900 people escape slavery, Parker ran an iron foundry and recruited soldiers for the two Ohio Civil War regiments of United States Colored Troops. In a letter sent to the National Park Service last week, Brown, Beatty and Democrats Marcia Fudge of Warrensville Heights, Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and Tim Ryan of the Niles area say Parker's homestead "is the only remaining Underground Railroad station owned by a former slave." "Today, the site looks as it did in the mid-nineteenth century," their letter says. "Including the Parker House within the NPS would appropriately honor an extraordinary person of color during a painful, but important chapter of our nation's history while educating and inspiring today's generations and generations to come." Brown's office says the National Park Service's midwest regional office is surveying the property to gauge its suitability to become a park service unit. A photo posted by @eiratansey on Aug 29, 2015 at 8:31am PDT
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | National Park Service United States Ohio Democratic Party Slavery in the United States Washington D.C. Congressional Progressive Caucus American Civil War
8 of the most memorable drives in the West
In national parks throughout the West, rangers and traffic engineers work long hours to nudge travelers out of their cars and onto trails — or at least onto shuttle buses and other less polluting alternatives. But the dramatic roads that the National Park Service carved out in the early 20th century...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | National Park Service Yosemite National Park Yellowstone National Park National park California Yosemite Valley Sierra Nevada United States
Here's what I found on America's favorite country road, the Blue Ridge Parkway
Here’s how not to start a road trip. First, at the Alamo rental car counter at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport just over the line from Washington, D.C., discover that your driver’s license is missing. Search and swear for two hours. Then find it in your left shoe. Second, when the Holiday...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Blue Ridge Parkway Blue Ridge Mountains Shenandoah National Park North Carolina Skyline Drive National Park Service Blue Ridge Music Center Galax Virginia
Bill would make site where Civil War began a U.S. park
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the first black senator from the deep South since Reconstruction, is proposing that the designation        
-1 points by The Detroit News | South Carolina American Civil War National Park Service United States Confederate States of America Southern United States United States Declaration of Independence Charleston South Carolina
US House approves expanded acreage for Fort Frederica
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - The U.S. House has approved a planned expansion of the Fort Frederica National Monument on the Georgia coast. Georgia's founder, Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, established Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island in 1736. It's now a national monument site operated by the National Park ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Senate Washington D.C. National Park Service Georgia Brunswick Georgia Fort Frederica National Monument Democratic Party United States House of Representatives
With new trail, Flight 93 memorial a pilgrimage site for bicyclists
STONEYCREEK, Pa. — The aesthetics needed no ceremony.
150 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | United Airlines Flight 93 September 11 attacks Somerset County Pennsylvania Shanksville Pennsylvania Stonycreek Township Somerset County Pennsylvania Todd Beamer National Park Service Flight 93 National Memorial