National Park Service

How Ryan Bundy sees the West
How Ryan Bundy sees the West
The Bunkerville standoff case portends a trial over federal authority in the region.
Bundy trial delayed as the defense hammers on feds
Bundy trial delayed as the defense hammers on feds
Defense wants more transparency on surveillance footage and shredded documents.
The jury for key Bundy trial in Las Vegas has been selected
The jury for key Bundy trial in Las Vegas has been selected
Prospective jurors faced questions on mass shootings, conspiracy theories and more.
A Q&A with former Colorado National Monument head Joan Anzelmo
A Q&A with former Colorado National Monument head Joan Anzelmo
The retired Park Service superintendent stands by her controversial decision not to allow a major bike race in the monument, and continues to be passionate about preserving landscapes.
Stitching habitat together across public and private lands
Stitching habitat together across public and private lands
Migrating animals can't read "no trespassing" signs, so it’s up to human beings to try to find ways to connect wildlife corridors that crisscross public and privately owned lands.
The year 2011, in apocalyptic weather events
The year 2011, in apocalyptic weather events
Fire and flood, snowstorms and droughts, downburst winds and desert haboobs -- 2011 brought incredibly wacky weather to the West.
Did the Park Service bow to pressure from Coca Cola on its bottle ban?
Did the Park Service bow to pressure from Coca Cola on its bottle ban?
A former Grand Canyon National Park superintendent believes that corporate pressure may have undermined a proposed ban on disposable water bottles in the park.
The Forest Service discriminates against poor kids
The Forest Service discriminates against poor kids
A new Forest Service policy that requires commercial guiding licenses for groups of hikers and campers effectively excludes small nonprofits that bring inner-city kids to the wilderness for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Western game wardens go after poachers
Western game wardens go after poachers
Overstretched game wardens like Colorado's Tom Knowles rely on tips from hotline informants to catch elusive poachers.
In national parks, where are all the fossils?
In national parks, where are all the fossils?
The National Park Service is surveying its holdings to find out which parks have fossils in order to manage them better.
Killing for conservation in national parks
Killing for conservation in national parks
Getting weeds out of the national parks is an endless war that can never be won, but many Park Service employees are willing - and happy - warriors.
The National Park Service's Preferred Alternative map.
The National Park Service's Preferred Alternative map.
The Park Service offers a plan to ease the conflict over Grand Canyon overflights.
Park Service finally drafts a solution to conflicts over canyon flights
Park Service finally drafts a solution to conflicts over canyon flights
The Park Service offers a plan to ease the conflict over Grand Canyon overflights.
State trust lands at a glance
State trust lands at a glance
The West's state trust lands form a complex patchwork, and each state manages them differently.
A misguided investigation ends an era in Arizona
A misguided investigation ends an era in Arizona
Over-zealous federal agents destroyed the unique atmosphere of the Navajo Reservation’s Hubbell Trading Post.
Rethinking national parks and wilderness
Rethinking national parks and wilderness
William Tweed takes a loving but critical look at the National Park Service in Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks.
Debating Preservation in the Southwest's Spanish Missions
Debating Preservation in the Southwest's Spanish Missions
Archaeologists debate how best to preserve Arizona's crumbling missions – and sometimes ask if it’s time to let them die.
Ranger danger?
Ranger danger?
HCN investigates whether violence against National Park Service employees is increasing.
Eggstraction
Eggstraction
A California condor chick hatches in Pinnacles National Monument, the first one born there in a century.
Our national parks: Another idea
Our national parks: Another idea
In 1832, artist George Catlin came up with the idea of a system of "nation's parks" to preserve human cultures and wildlife and scenery.
Whose Valles Caldera is it?
Whose Valles Caldera is it?
The beautiful Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico is run by a closed corporation that excludes the public, overcharges visitors and now is seeking to profit from development.
Parks for the people -- not profit
Parks for the people -- not profit
Sen. Dianne Feinstein ignored the public when she tried – and failed – to set up a special deal for a privately owned oyster company at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore.
What we got here is a failure to collaborate
What we got here is a failure to collaborate
Wilderness advocates think Jonathan Jarvis is a good choice to head the National Park Service, but critics say he badly mishandled an oyster farming controversy in California.