National Park Service

The Blackfeet Nation is trying to open its own national park
The Blackfeet Nation is trying to open its own national park
Members of the Blackfeet Nation want tourists to understand how the story of Glacier National Park is really the story of their nation.
Growing urban coyote populations are feasting on pets
Growing urban coyote populations are feasting on pets
A study of coyote scat found the animals are attracted to fruit in gardens, where they are also finding cats and dogs.
How a tiny endangered species put a man in prison
How a tiny endangered species put a man in prison
The Devils Hole pupfish is nothing to mess with.
Preserving the westward way
The National Park Service wants to preserve the wagon ruts, campsites, graves and scenery along 13,000 miles of historic trails in the West.
Keeping Glacier Park intact
The Park Service has completed a new General Management Plan that will guide resource management in Glacier National Park for the next few decades.
An overall poor attitude
A Park Service team conducted an "oversight review" of Petroglyph National Monument that cited "communication and morale" as big problems for employees.
We're the good guys
In her own words, Petroglyph National Monument Supervisor Judith Cordova defends her record on the job.
'We were created to serve all'
Chief ranger Scot McElveen says local people should not receive preference in a natural resource owned equally by all citizens.
'It didn't need to be saved'
Longtime Death Valley resident Janice Allen believes the area is not helped by its designation as a national park.
So much land, so little money
Park enemies in Congress reduced the budget for the new Mojave National Preserve to one dollar - an extreme example of the way Congress often creates parks and monuments but is reluctant to provide any money to support them.
'By and large, they're heroes'
Death Valley Park Superintendent Dick Martin says the park rangers are heroes.
'They're just too rigid'
Longtime park volunteer Reuben Scolnik says the park officials are good people but too rigid.
'I'm really embarrassed'
Local resident Kathy Goss is disillusioned by the way environmentalists pushed the Desert Protection Act.
'Humans aren't that bad'
Local resident Jim Macey believes park status has actually harmed Death Valley.
'The more protection we have, the better'
Death Valley environmental specialist Dick Anderson defends the Desert Protection Act as necessary to save wild lands.
The last weird place
Eccentric desert rats and clean-cut park rangers sometimes meet in a culture clash over how to manage one of the hottest, driest and strangest places in North America - Death Valley National Park.
Officials seek the "complete' Canyonlands
Canyonlands Superintendent Walt Dabney has proposed to more than double the park's size by redrawing its boundaries along natural features.
Yellowstone soft on safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Yellowstone National Park for violating safety regulations for its employees.
Fees feed volunteers
Beleaguered by budget cuts, the Park Service is trying to use increased user fees to create volunteer programs like the Public Lands Corps, to help with trail building and other maintenance projects.
Scientists get a free ride
Rocky Mountain National Park officials are getting a lot of flak for permitting a crew of soil scientists to helicopter their way into a wilderness study area.
Next: Grand Teton International?
In Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park officials and environmentalists are battling airline representatives who want to expand the runway at the Jackson Hole Airport, which is located inside the park.
Congress drags its feet on Baca Ranch deal
Congress is slow to act on the chance to purchase and protect New Mexico's Valles Caldera - also known as the Baca Ranch.
Extinct volcano is up for grabs
Northern New Mexico's Valles Caldera is for sale, and many think the world's largest extinct volcano ought to become the nation's next national park.
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