National Park Service

What does wilderness sound like?
What does wilderness sound like?
A photographer and audio researchers document the soundscapes of remote national parks in Alaska.
In Yosemite, two deaths raise concerns about social media
In Yosemite, two deaths raise concerns about social media
A recent study documented 259 fatalities worldwide caused by people taking selfies.
Interior is undoing a legacy of national park stewardship in Alaska
Interior is undoing a legacy of national park stewardship in Alaska
Unethical killing of bears and wolves is not responsible wildlife management.
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.
A lively memoir out of the National Park Service
Bill Everhart's "Take Down Flag & Feed Horses" offers a refreshing view of life with the National Park Service, especially in Yellowstone National Park.
Capulin Volcano National Monument
The National Park Service invites the public to help plan the management of Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeast New Mexico.
Feds sue a Utah county for building a road in a national park
Garfield County faces a trespassing lawsuit, filed by the Department of Interior for unauthorized road construction on the Burr Trail in Capitol Reef National Park.
Climbing ban upheld at Devils Tower
A judge upholds the right of the National Park Service to ask rock climbers to stay off Wyoming's Devils Tower during June, when Native Americans hold religious ceremonies.
Groups sue over microbes
The National Park Service is being sued by three environmental organizations for allowing private "bioprospecting" in Yellowstone National Park and backing off from its mandate to protect the park's resources.
The Park Service takes a hard look at itself
Park historian Richard West Sellars is not flattering when he examines the history of the Park Service in his book "Preserving Nature in the National Parks."
Is the Park Service too timid?
Some say the Park Service is overreacting in closing some areas of Mount Rainier National Park to visitors to protect them from possible mudslides.
Our national movie stars
Some say the National Park Service needs to start charging fees for all the filming that is done in the nation's parks and national monuments.
Greens differ over plan to expand national park
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance surprises some by its opposition to the expansion of Utah's Arches National Park.
Yellowstone's 'geyser guy' was one of the park's best friends
An elegy for Yellowstone's "geyser guy," Rick Hutchinson, profiles a geologist who loved the park so deeply that his friends still feel his spirit there.
Devils Tower may get a second name
Some Wyoming residents object to Superintendent Deborah Liggett's talk of renaming Devils Tower to something less offensive to Native Americans who regard the site as sacred.
Yellowstone cutbacks bring out the politicians
Yellowstone Park Superintendent Mike Finley's closure of campgrounds and museums because of budget problems leads to irate responses from Wyoming politicians.
Strapped parks look for money
National parks feeling the budget squeeze look for corporate financial help.
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