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June National Park News

Posted By: James Morrissey

June National Park News - 06/06/11 01:30 AM

June 5th, 2011.

Cuyahoga National Park News:
Park to revamp Visitor Center
Cuyahoga Valley National Park has just received a major grant from the National Scenic Byways Program to develop new exhibits for Canal Visitor Center, replacing exhibits that are approaching 20 years old.
http://www.tallmadgeexpress.com/news/article/5044841
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Misc. National Park News:
Maine's next national park? Roxanne Quimby is changing minds about her vision for 70,000 acres of northern Maine
Nearly 20 years ago, after Restore: The North Woods unveiled its plan for a 3.2-million-acre Maine Woods National Park, Roxanne Quimby became an immediate fan.
http://www.sunjournal.com/state/story/1038305
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Trail Ridge Road close to opening, but not quite ready for primetime
Trail Ridge Road, that iconic high mountain roadway in Rocky Mountain National Park, is not yet ready to open to vehicles after a very snowy winter and spring.
http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20110604/UPDATES01/110604002/-No-heading-

RMNP and Estes Park continue to lure visitors
Most undeterred by snow, fuel costs
On Wednesday afternoon, under the pale sunshine cascading over the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, Derek Campbell and Jen Churey of Boston, Mass., ambled through downtown Estes Park taking in the sights.
http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20110605/BUSINESS/106050311/RMNP-Estes-Park-continue-lure-visitors?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
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Rogue Valley National Park (Almost)
Rouge Valley to become national park
A large piece of greenery on the eastern borders of Toronto has finally been slated to become a national site after decades of lobbying from politicians and nature lovers.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/06/03/toronto-rouge-park.html
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Yellowstone Park looks for balance in new winter plan
There are some proposals that didn’t make the cut of winter activities allowed in Yellowstone National Park, such as building a monorail system to glide over the snowbound terrain, or an extreme off-road snowmobile course.
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-an...3e0cba3943.html
Posted By: James Morrissey

6.6.2011 National Park News - 06/06/11 06:01 PM





Glacier National Park News:
Plowing Of Sun Road in Glacier National Park: One Step Forward, Two Back At Times
When you look at the difficulties crews at Glacier National Park have each year opening the Going-to-the-Sun Road for summer traveler, you really have to appreciate the skills and tenacity of the men who built the road back in the 1920s and 1930s.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...-back-times8256
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Smokies entrance road closed at night this week
The Elkmont entrance road at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closed to motor vehicles and pedestrians every night through June 12.
http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2011/jun/06/bc-tn-smokies-road-closed/?features&travel
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Misc. National Park News:
Calling All Pee Wee Rangers To the National Parks
Is your young-un too young to get involved in the National Park Service's Junior Ranger program?
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2011/06/calling-all-pee-wee-rangers-national-parks8255
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Man Falls At Rocky Mountain National Park
Arizona Tourist Injured On Trail Near Quzel Falls
An Arizona tourist was taken to the hospital after falling on a trail near Ouzel Falls at Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday.
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/28136647/detail.html
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Man falls 2,000 feet in Grand Teton National Park
Park officials say a man is recovering from serious injuries after falling about 2,000 feet in Grand Teton National Park.
http://www.kgwn.tv/Global/story.asp?S=14842104
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Posted By: James Morrissey

6.7.2011 National Park News - 06/07/11 08:32 PM




Acadia National Park News:
Acadia National To Receive $1.7 Million From LWCF to Seal Deal On 39 Acre
Acadia National Park soon will grow by 39 acres thanks to federal Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars that will enable the Park Service to acquire the acreage near the Lower Hadlock Pond.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...al-39-acres8269
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opens for season
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National park opened today, Monday, June 6 at 10:15 a.m. for the season. his year, park snowplow operators faced many challenges while clearing the road; encountering the most snow they have seen this late in the season for thirty years.
http://www.skyhidailynews.com/article/20110606/NEWS/110609975/1079&ParentProfile=1067

Mountain run-off creates spectacular sights
Without a doubt, most of you know about the concern for severe flooding around the state of Colorado. Albeit dangerous, the intense flow of water is creating some pretty spectacular sights. (Note Video)
http://www.9news.com/news/local/article/201895/346/Mountain-run-off-creates-spectacular-sights?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|t
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Shenandoah National Park
Wet condition minimize gypsy moths in Shenandoah National Park, no spraying this year
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/w...sJKH_story.html
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Cattle drive planned in Grand Teton National Park
Authorities say the annual cattle drive in Grand Teton National Park will cause some minor traffic delays this weekend.
http://www.ctpost.com/default/article/Cattle-to-cause-brief-delays-in-northwestern-Wyo-1413162.php

Changing winter use in yellowstone
Park Service open to different ideas
Yellowstone National Park managers say the public comments they receive in the coming month will change how they decide to manage the park’s winter snowmobile and snowcoach traffic.
http://www.powelltribune.com/news/item/8383-changing-winter-use-in-yellowstone

Judge: Hazing of Yellowstone Bison Can Continue
Saying that hazing bison back into Yellowstone National Park via helicopter is better than the alternative -- having the state of Montana kill them -- a federal judge denied a request to halt the practice, at least on a temporary basis.
http://www.yellowstoneinsider.com/201106...an-continue.php

Amid snowy spring, visitor numbers in Yellowstone down significantly
The number of people visiting Yellowstone National Park is down substantially so far this year compared to last year's record numbers.
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/s...stone-Visitors/

Yellowstone East Entrance Now Open Full-Time
Improving road conditions in the Sylvan Pass and the decreased chance of snow slides are causing Yellowstone National Park officials to open the East Entrance for travel 24 hours a day.
http://www.yellowstoneinsider.com/201106...n-full-time.php

Grand Teton National Park sees more vehicle-animal crashes
Mark Gocke drove north on U.S. Highway 89 toward Moran in the early morning 10 years ago in the late fall. It was late November, and Gocke hoped to station himself for elk hunting before the morning sunlight lit the valley.
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-an...06c6d8cf98.html
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Posted By: James Morrissey

6.9.2011 National Park News - 06/09/11 09:30 PM


Denali National Park News:
Park Service Changes Tack About Denali Road Lottery Applications
The National Park Service backtracked Tuesday when it announced it will accept entries for the annual Denali Road Lottery by phone and mail.
http://www.ktva.com/home/outbound-xml-fe...-123480874.html
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Firefly show takes stage in Smokies
4 more nights left in peak viewing
You only have four more nights to watch the synchronous fireflies in the Elkmont section of the national park.
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20110609/NEWS/306090028/Firefly-show-takes-stage-Smokies?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage
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Misc. National Park News:
Protection of wolves in Maine debated
A federal proposal to remove wolves in Midwestern states from the Endangered Species Act is causing alarm in Maine among wildlife advocates who fear the delisting also could end legal protections for wolves in the Northeast — if they exist, that is.
http://bangordailynews.com/2011/06/08/outdoors/protection-of-wolves-in-maine-debated/
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
First pine beetle effect study for Colorado conducted by CU-Boulder
Hydrologic effects on the Colorado environment due to mountain pine beetles is no longer speculative, thanks to a 3 year long CU-Boulder study led by Evan Pugh, a geological sciences doctoral student.
http://www.examiner.com/science-news-in-...d-by-cu-boulder
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park News:
Elk reduction gearing up for second season
Sportsmen and women will notice some changes in the elk reduction at Theodore Roosevelt National Park when the program goes into its second year this fall.
http://www.bismarcktribune.com/news/local/article_84b84970-920d-11e0-8b4d-001cc4c03286.html
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Yellowstone National Park News:
Environmentalists, snowmobile advocates voice opinions on Yellowstone winter use proposal
Deciding how the world's first national park should be used during the winter has long been a contentious issue, and Wednesday evening that tradition continued as environmentalists, snowmobile advocates and community members congregated to voice their opinions on the park's newest idea.
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/new...1cc4c002e0.html

Keeping an eye on Yellowstone's supervolcano
When next 'big one' will be is anyone's guess — but you don't want to be here
It's no mere doomsday pseudoscience: The Yellowstone supervolcano really could be the end of us all. When the Yellowstone Caldera — the name of the national park's geographic structure, which roughly translates as "caldron" — blows its lid, much of the continental United States will get covered in a blanket of ash.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43329798/ns/technology_and_science-science/
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Posted By: James Morrissey

6.10.2011 National Park News - 06/10/11 09:13 PM


Big Bend National Park News:
BBNP to temporarily close some roads, campsites
As part of an upcoming rock crushing and surfacing project, Big Bend National Park will close a few backcountry roads in the near future.
http://www.alpineavalanche.com/news/article_9f69c8de-92a3-11e0-a26c-001cc4c03286.html
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Everglades National Park News:
Volunteers clear Everglades trails
Fourteen volunteers braved the hardships of the southern Everglades last Saturday to clear overgrown trails at Everglades National Park, reports Cerisa Swanberg, the park’s assistant volunteer coordinator.
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-06...eer-coordinator
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Grand Canyon National Park News:
Firefighters Extinguish 2 Human-Caused Fires Near Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon firefighters are reminding visitors about fire risks after having to put out two separate human-caused fires on Tuesday.
http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/local/flagstaff/human-caused-fires-grand-canyon-6-8-2011
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Cattle drive planned in Grand Teton National Park
Authorities say the annual cattle drive in Grand Teton National Park will cause some minor traffic delays this weekend.
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-news...-123377368.html

Everglades biologist leaving for Yellowstone post
The top biologist at Everglades National Park is leaving to take over the scientific division at Yellowstone National Park.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/10/2260307/everglades-biologist-leaving-for.html#ixzz1OuRO12kV
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Zion National Park News:
Zion National Park launches volunteer program
Zion National Park has launched a weekly, drop-in volunteer program to allow the public to help improve the park.
http://www.westport-news.com/news/article/Zion-National-Park-launches-volunteer-program-1418368.php
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Posted By: James Morrissey

6.14.2011 National Park News - 06/14/11 08:10 PM



Denali National Park News:
Missing Alaska musher found alive
Veteran Alaska dogsled musher Melanie Gould was found alive, 11 days after she disappeared, one of those who searched for her says.
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/06/1.../#ixzz1PHbZ6anz
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Glacier National Park News:
Plowing continues in Glacier, more services open
Some more services are available for visitors to Glacier National Park with officials reporting that there are now over 90 miles of road open.
http://www.kpax.com/news/plowing-continues-in-glacier-more-services-open/

Son wants peak in Glacier National Park named after father
he son of a former Glacier National Park guide and trails supervisor is asking the U.S. Board of Geographic Names to name an unnamed peak in the park after his father.
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/45bb33f792f145e3be147efe7ef8c7f4/MT--Glacier-Peak-Naming/
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Misc. National Park News:
Parks Canada turns 100: Which is your favourite national park?
On May 19, Parks Canada will celebrate its 100th birthday. The world's first national parks service, Parks Canada has been caretaker of some of the most spectacular and expansive national parks on the planet.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/201...ml#igImgId_8062
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Olympic National Park News:
New Olympic National Park quarter to launch
A new quarter honoring Olympic National Park will launch in Port Angeles on Tuesday. The Peninsula Daily News says the U.S. Mint and the National Park Service has a ceremony planned for 11 a.m. at the Port Angeles City Pier.
http://www.masoncountydailynews.com/news/news-page/8450-regional-news-for-61211
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Rocky Mountain National Park still struggling with heavy snows, road blockages
Rocky Mountain National Park officials today said they don't expect to clear snow from Old Fall River Road in time for its traditional July 4 weekend opening.
http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20110613/LOVELAND0102/306130006
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Yellowstone visitation down
Warm weather is returning to West Yellowstone and Yellowstone Park visitors are coming back, too. However, the return of both has been a little sluggish.
http://www.westyellowstonenews.com/news/article_b9639bf8-9559-11e0-aede-001cc4c002e0.html

Grizzly struck by car in Yellowstone Park
An adult male grizzly bear has been killed after being hit by a car in Yellowstone National Park.
http://www.westyellowstonenews.com/news/article_ef490742-955b-11e0-8d4a-001cc4c002e0.html
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Zion National Park News:
Zion National Park Announces Weekly Drop-in Volunteer Program
Zion National Park will begin a weekly volunteer program for the public. This program provides visitors and local residents with the opportunity to complete projects that improve the park’s appearance, enhance visitor experiences, and contribute to resource management efforts.
http://www.kcsg.com/view/full_story/1400...e=home_stories4
Posted By: James Morrissey

6.16.2011 National Park News - 06/16/11 05:24 PM


Carlsbad Caverns
Wildfires prompt evacuations at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Wildfires burning for nearly two weeks in Arizona and New Mexico have threatened several historical sites, the latest being Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, where a small wildfire caused officials to close the site and evacuate visitors this week.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspa...ew-mexico-.html
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Glacier National Park News:
Glacier workers trying to plow ahead on Sun road
Mother Nature is making tourists wait and plow crews work to get Glacier National Park's famous Going to the Sun road open for the season.
http://www.kpax.com/news/glacier-workers-trying-to-plow-ahead-on-sun-road/
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Fireflies, Following Their Leader, Become a Tourist Beacon
Lynn Faust remembers the old days of firefly season here.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/us/16fireflies.html
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Mount Rainier National Park News:
Rainier rangers didn't search Wednesday for man
Climbing rangers did not search Wednesday for the remains of an Olympia Man who is presumed dead after a weekend climb went wrong, climbing ranger Brian Hasebe said.
[quote][/quote]http://www.theolympian.com/2011/06/15/1688477/rainier-park-official-unable-to.html#ixzz1PScSru9F
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Bad weather equals fewer visitors
Park visits off double-digits in May
Poor May weather, and record snow in the high country, not only kept Trail Ridge Road from opening on time over the Memorial Day weekend, it also cut into the number of people visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. With 156,767 people tallied in May 2011, visits were down over 18 percent from the same time last year, when 192,490 were counted. Visits for the year are off nearly seven percent, at 439,407 this May, compared to 471,081 during the same time last year.
http://www.eptrail.com/ci_18271458
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Posted By: James Morrissey

6.17.2011 National Park News - 06/17/11 08:50 PM

Acadia National Park News:
Picnic adds delight to trip on horseback
A horseback ride through majestic scenery in Maine calls for a delectable lunch that's as beautiful as the setting.
http://detnews.com/article/20110617/OPIN...k#ixzz1PZIU4nDB
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Carlsbad Caverns:
Caverns employees react to Loop Fire scenario
It was business as usual on Wednesday night at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, but there is view different.
http://www.currentargus.com/ci_18296167
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Misc. National Park News:
Free admission to national parks June 21
The National Park Service is offering free admission Tuesday to more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.
http://www.daytondailynews.com/lifestyle...21-1187304.html
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Mount Rainier National Park News:
Washington state man feared dead on Mount Rainier
A climber attempting to reach the 14,410-foot peak of Washington state's Mount Rainier was overcome by hypothermia and probably slid 2,000 feet to his death, national park officials said on Thursday.
http://www.the33tv.com/sns-rt-us-rainier-deathtre75f7hx-20110616,0,7485999.story
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Olympic National Park News:
Another mountain goat threatens in the Olympic; last year's death recalled
A Shelton man's encounter with an aggressive mountain goat in Mason County on Tuesday was the first such run-in in the Olympic Mountains since a mountain goat killed a Port Angeles man near Hurricane Ridge in October, Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest officials said.
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/articl...ast-years-death
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Popular access road to RMNP, national forest backcountry to stay closed through July
Blaming the high snowpack and bark beetles, the U.S. Forest Service is keeping one of the most popular backcountry access roads to Rocky Mountain National Park, two campgrounds and three wilderness areas closed until mid-summer.
http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20110616/UPDATES01/110616020/Popular-access-road-RMNP-national-forest-backcountry-stay-closed-through-July?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
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Sequoia National Park News:
Emergency rescue at Sequoia National Park
A Squaw Valley hiker had to be rescued this week at Sequoia National Park after falling through a snow bridge into the icy cold creek below, park authorities said. The woman, 52, was found by hikers three hours later suffering from hypothermia, but was able to walk away from the scene.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspa...nter-cold-.html
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Yellowstone National Park News:
A 33-year-old man died Thursday after he was knocked off of a raft into the Yellowstone River a mile north of Gardiner.
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-an...paign=hottopics
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Posted By: James Morrissey

06.20.2011 National Park News - 06/20/11 03:57 PM

Acadia National Park News:
Acadia National Park plans expansion on MDI
With the help of some nonprofit organizations, the park is planning to grow on Mount Desert Island by more than 50 acres, according to a park official.
http://bangordailynews.com/2011/06/18/news/acadia-national-park-plans-expansion-on-mdi/?ref=latest
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Bryce Canyon National Park News:
Going dark: Bryce Canyon to host national astronomy meet
Long before recorded history, humans gazed at the night sky and marveled at its mystery, a fascination that has grown as technology improved humans’ ability to penetrate the galaxies.
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52019765-78/bryce-canyon-national-dark.html.csp
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Grand Canyon National Park News:
Overdue hiker rescued in Grand Canyon
William (Billy) Driscoll was found Saturday as the National Park Service and the Coconino County Sheriff's office, with the assistance of the Department of Public Safety, made plans to ramp up search efforts.
http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20110619/NEWS01/106190323/Overdue-hiker-rescued-in-Grand-Canyon-

National Park Service wants to further restrict flights over Canyon
The National Park Service wants to cut the annual number of tourist flights over the Grand Canyon by 30 percent, one of several proposals aimed at reducing aircraft noise heard on the ground.
http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/arizona/article_c0d24c62-9af0-11e0-8e46-001cc4c03286.html
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Misc. National Park News:
National parks free on Tuesday
The National Park Service is offering free admission Tuesday to more than 100 national parks to mark the first day of summer.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015371022_nationalparks20.html
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
RMNP to be filled with bicycles Monday\
The 2011 Bicycle Tour of Colorado will be traveling through Rocky Mountain National Park Monday, Rocky Mountain National Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson advises.
http://www.reporterherald.com/news_story.asp?ID=33383
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Yellowstone to conduct safety checks on commercial vehicles throughout the summer
Yellowstone National Park rangers and state and federal transportation officials will be conducting safety checks of commercial vehicles and operators traveling in the park throughout the summer.
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/1...rcial-Vehicles/

Grand Teton rangers warn of dual danger of avalanches and runoff from records snow
Grand Teton National Park rangers are warning visitors to be wary of the dual danger of avalanches and spring runoff from the up to 60 feet of snow that fell in the mountains this winter.
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/s...hes-and-Runoff/
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Posted By: James Morrissey

06.21.2011 National Park News - 06/21/11 09:25 PM

Acadia National Park News:
MDI bus system adds Ellsworth route
The seasonal bus system that provides free rides on and around Mount Desert Island during the summer has plans to add stops in Ellsworth to its schedule this summer.
http://bangordailynews.com/2011/06/20/news/hancock/mdi-bus-system-adds-ellsworth-route/?ref=latest
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Glacier National Park News:
More of Glacier NP opens, get in free to mark summer
Folks can get into Glacier National Park for free on Tuesday to mark the first day of summer.
http://www.kaj18.com/news/more-of-glacier-np-opens-get-in-free-to-mark-summer/

Glacier National Park Embarking on Long-term Grizzly Bear Study
Without doubt, Glacier National Park is in the heart of one of the wildest ecosystems in the lower 48 United States -- the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. But how wild is it when it comes to grizzly bears? A new study will help answer that question.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...-bear-study8347

Glacier National Park Begins New Grizzly Bear Study
Glacier National Park is entering in to a new long term study analyzing the trends of the grizzly bear population in the northern continental divide. Bait stations, automated cameras, and traps will all be part of it which is why park officials are asking guest to keep out of such areas if passing by a clearly marked grizzly study location.
http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/28290190/detail.html

Where will grizzly bears roam?
Wildlife Conservation Society scientist assessesconservation value of 1.3 million acres of roadless public land in Montana's Crown of the Continent Ecosystem
The independent assessment, written by WCS Senior Conservation Scientist Dr. John Weaver, is a compilation and synthesis of the latest information on these species – and how climate change may affect them – from 30 biologists in the region and from nearly 300 scientific papers. In addition, Weaver spent four months hiking and riding horseback through these remote roadless areas to evaluate their importance for conservation.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-06/wcs-wwg062111.php
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Grand Canyon National Park News:
Temporary Ban Extended on New Uranium Mines Near Grand Canyon
The Obama administration extended a ban on new uranium mine stakes around the Grand Canyon by six months, and said it supports a 20-year ban on new claims, federal officials said Monday.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304070104576398020446857428.html
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Trail Ridge Road closure delays bike tour
Participants in the 2011 Bicycle Tour of Colorado are on standby in Estes Park this morning, June 20, waiting to hear if Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park will open.
http://www.skyhidailynews.com/article/20110620/NEWS/110629999/1079&ParentProfile=1067

Colorado in line for another burst of winter weather
The first day of summer is Tuesday, but winter weather isn't done with Colorado just yet.
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_18312071
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Yellowstone takes winter use debate to the Web
Those who want to weigh in on the proposed Yellowstone National Park winter-use management plan but don’t want to travel to one of the public meeting sites can still voice their opinions.
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-an...0c6b6503d0.html
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Zion National Park News:
Chimani Launches Zion National Park App for iPhone and Android
Available for free for a limited time (Android version only 99 cents). The app offers a 45 minute audio tour of the Zion Canyon, a high-resolution GPS-enabled map, constantly updated ranger led activities, shuttle bus schedule, and over 70 photos.
http://www.benzinga.com/press-releases/1...d#ixzz1Pwoq2POH
Posted By: James Morrissey

06.22.2011 National Park News - 06/22/11 06:00 PM



Grand Canyon National Park News:
Grand Canyon and Mount Hood 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin Release Dates
he final 2010-P America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins will feature Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.
http://www.silvercoinstoday.com/
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
More than $463,000 raised for trail improvement fund at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Friends of the Smokies organization says cash gifts and pledges total more than $463,000 for a new trail improvement fund in the national park.
http://www.wreg.com/news/sns-ap-tn--smokiestrailimprovement,0,3933793.story
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Olympic National Park News:
Park rangers kill aggressive elk in Hoh Rain Forest campground
An adult female elk was shot and killed June 20 by an Olympic National Park ranger in the Hoh Rain Forest of west Jefferson County.
http://www.ptleader.com/main.asp?SectionID=36&SubSectionID=55&ArticleID=29476
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Snow falling in Colorado mountains
Winter weather has returned to Colorado, just a day before summer officially begins.
http://www.necn.com/06/20/11/Snow-fallin...5724821d13be58a

Snow in RMNP nearly puts brakes on bicycle tour
Standing next to Trail Ridge Road on Monday, Michael Burron of Philadelphia found himself a bit incredulous to the scene playing out in front of him.
http://www.9news.com/sports/article/204161/295/Snow-in-RMNP-nearly-puts-brakes-on-bicycle-tour
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Posted By: James Morrissey

6.23.2011 National Park News - 06/23/11 08:12 PM

Glacier National Park News:
Rotary International students make treasured stop at Glacier Park
For the three dozen Rotary International students who circumnavigate the United States by train each year, Glacier National Park always ranks high on the list of memorable stops.
http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-reg...l#ixzz1Q8Efxm21

WCS study calls for more wilderness
Some 3.3 million acres of land is protected in 18,000 square miles that make up the U.S. portion of the spectacular Crown of the Continent in Montana.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20110623/LIFESTYLE05/106230315/WCS-study-calls-more-wilderness?odyssey=nav|head
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Grand Canyon National Park News:
OFFICIALS PAN US MINING DECISION
Ban on seeking uranium seen by some as harming economy
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a six-month emergency withdrawal Monday that ropes off about one million acres of uranium-rich lands in northern Mohave County to new mining claims and exploration — a measure that has some elected officials in Arizona and Utah up in arms.
http://www.havasunews.com/articles/2011/06/22/news/doc4e017a9d61651170179341.txt
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Dept. of Interior-run lands pump $620 million into Tennessee economy
With about 5,000 of the jobs in rural parts of the state, Tennessee ranks tenth in the nation among states benefitting from rural jobs supported by Interior programs, according to a new report from the Dept. of the Interior.
http://www.volunteertv.com/news/headline..._124376819.html
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Shenandoah National Park News:
Shenandoah National Park marks 75 years with celebration
Shenandoah National Park turns 75 years old this year.And as part of the yearlong celebration, park officials are hosting a rededication ceremony Saturday at Big Meadows along Skyline Drive’s milepost 51 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
http://www2.starexponent.com/news/2011/j...tio-ar-1128158/
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
No tent camping in 3 campgrounds near Yellowstone
Gallatin National Forest managers, on recommendations of grizzly bear experts, have banned tent camping at three campgrounds near Yellowstone National Park, including one where a Michigan man was mauled to death last July.
http://www.ajc.com/travel/no-tent-camping-in-985566.html

Wildlife advocates look to reduce collisions in North Fork corridor
By the looks of it, the carcass has been here for months, slowly receding into the soft spring soil to become a pile of bones, teeth and hide.
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-an...l#ixzz1Q8ER1ahN

Pronghorn late during annual Wyoming trek
A heavy snowpack has delayed the annual, 6,000-year-old spring migration of most of a herd of pronghorn antelope in western Wyoming, causing wildlife biologists to wonder about the ramifications on females and their offspring.
http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/articl...p#ixzz1Q8FKFzSA
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Posted By: James Morrissey

6.24.2011 National Park News - 06/24/11 03:03 PM

Bryce Canyon National Park News:
Bryce Canyon hosts annual Prairie Dog Day
Bryce Canyon National Park is celebrating the unique and important role of the Utah prairie dog with a day long celebration Saturday.
http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20110623/NEWS01/106230327
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Denali National Park News:
Air, ground search finds hikers tired but OK
Two hikers were located just outside Denali National Park and Preserve at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday after an air and ground search that involved 35 to 40 searchers. The hikers' condition was described by the National Park Service as "tired, but uninjured."
http://www.adn.com/2011/06/23/1933511/air-ground-search-finds-hikers.html#ixzz1QCpXkzjP
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Glacier National Park News:
Glacier Institute Looks to Expand in 28th Year
As the Glacier Institute heads into its 28th year of providing outdoor education for kids and adults in national forests and parks, the non-profit is looking to upgrade and expand its popular programs.
http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/glacier_institute_looks_to_expand_in_28th_year/23578/
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Grand Canyon National Park News:
U.S. extends uranium moratorium for 6 months
The federal government on Monday extended for six months a moratorium on new uranium mining claims in a million-acre buffer zone around the Grand Canyon as it awaits the conclusions of a study of potential environmental harm to the region.
http://www.bendbulletin.com/article/20110622/NEWS0107/106220340/
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Mesa Verde National Park News:
Toxic tentacles of mercury
Element’s levels monitored at Vallecito, Mesa Verde, Pagosa Springs
Researchers at the Mountain Studies Institute are part of a team taking soil and lake-sediment samples here this summer to better understand the far reach of toxic mercury in our ecosystem.
http://durangoherald.com/article/20110624/NEWS01/706249915/-1/s
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Mount Rainier National Park News:
Chinook Pass reopens, east side of Mount Rainier
The Washington Transportation Department reopened Chinook Pass Thursday, about a month later than it typically takes to clear snow from the 5,430-foot-high pass on Highway 410 between Enumclaw and Naches.
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Ch...p#ixzz1QCpnVCdO
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Yellowstone National Park News:
No tent camping in 3 campgrounds near Yellowstone, including 1 where bear killed man
Gallatin National Forest managers, on recommendations of grizzly bear experts, have banned tent camping at three campgrounds near Yellowstone National Park, including one where a Michigan man was mauled to death last July.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/n...dShH_story.html
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Posted By: James Morrissey

06.28.2011 National Park News - 06/28/11 05:59 PM


Everglades National Park News:
Environmentalists want FPL out of Everglades National Park
On Wednesday residents and environmental activists encouraged the National Park Service to purchase the tract of land FPL owns in the Everglades, rather than trading for a parcel further east.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/23/2281325/environmentalists-want-fpl-out.html#ixzz1Qav4rX57
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Glacier National Park News:
Glacier NP officials hope to announce Sun road plan
Plowing and rehabilitation work continues on the Glacier National Park's famed Going to the Sun Road and right now, park officials say that's there's just no telling when the snow will be cleared.
http://www.kaj18.com/news/glacier-np-officials-hope-to-announce-sun-road-plan/
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Grand Canyon National Park News:
Repairs and Renovations in Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park, managed by the Department of Interior’s National Park Service, is using about $18 million in Recovery funds for 15 projects, ranging from preserving trails to making park facilities more energy efficient. Intended beneficiaries include not only sight-seers and hikers, but also a Native American tribe living on Grand Canyon National Park land.
http://rismedia.com/2011-06-26/repairs-and-renovations-in-grand-canyon-national-park/
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Volunteers can play park ranger Monday in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/06...l#ixzz1QauGBuMT
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Yellowstone National Park News:
Road in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley washed out
A road in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley has been closed after some 30 feet were partly washed out by high water.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/...BQmH_story.html

Washout temporarily closes Yellowstone road
Crews are working to repair a section of road in the northeast section of Yellowstone National Park that has been damaged by high water, according to the National Park Service.
http://www.wyomingbusinessreport.com/article.asp?id=58400
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Yosemite National Park News:
Rare bighorn sheep face new pressures from lions
On the easternmost edge of this expanse of glacial granite, far from tourist haunts, a tiny lamb rams his mother's udder then flutters its tail when milk starts to flow.
http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_18352822

First fire for summer in Yosemite National Park
Dry lightning and even lightning associated with thunderstorms is a larger problem in spring and summer in the back country wilderness of Yosemite National Park.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/308461#ixzz1QauwiS7q
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Zion National Park News:
Dixie State College research team studying Zion National Park frogs
A research team from southern Utah’s Dixie State College is studying the relationship between a fungus and frogs in Zion National Park.
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52084881-78/zion-frogs-fungus-park.html.csp
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Posted By: James Morrissey

06.29.2011 National Park News - 06/29/11 08:22 PM




Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
JFK flights delayed because of sex-starved turtles crossing runway to get to breeding grounds
A pack of sex-starved turtles shut down a Kennedy Airport runway Wednesday by crossing the tarmac to get to their seasonal breeding grounds.
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011...l#ixzz1QhEjXyNb
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Misc. National Park News:
What's ailing America's national parks?
As president of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Tom Kiernan is, not surprisingly, a fan of Ken Burns' documentary, "The National Parks: America’s Best Idea," but he'd like to add an addendum.
http://overheadbin.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/06/27/6958910-whats-ailing-americas-national-parks
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Mount Rainier National Park News:
Rock and snow avalanche tear down Mount Rainier
A large rock and snow slide is photographed on Mount Rainier, originating above the Nisqually Glacier and traveling nearly two miles. Read more about the rock and snow avalanche in this story. See more pictures of the devestation in this photo gallery.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/picturethis/2015454245_pt_rainier_avy.html
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Savor The Gifts That Are Grizzly Bear 399 & Clan in Grand Teton National Park
What’s the value of a grizzly bear? For far more people than not, few things in this age of avatars surpass the thrill of seeing a grizzly bear family in its native element.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...tional-park8372
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Posted By: James Morrissey

06.30.2011 National Park News - 06/30/11 05:37 PM


Glacier National Park News:
Aggressive Mountain Lion Spotted In Glacier National Park
Visitors to the Lake McDonald area of Glacier National Park are being warned to watch out for an aggressive mountain lion.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...tional-park8384

Going-to-the-Sun Road may open later than ever
Only twice in the history of the Going-to-the-Sun Road has the scenic drive in Glacier National Park opened for the season after July 4.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20110630/NEWS01/106300303/Going-Sun-Road-may-open-later-than-ever?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage
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Grand Canyon National Park News:
Grand Canyon’s North Rim to Celebrate Western Arts Day
Western Arts Day, an annual celebration of Grand Canyon National Park's history and culture, will be held at the North Rim Saturday, July 9, 2011.
http://www.oldwestnewwest.com/2011062953...n-arts-day.html
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Mammoth Cave National Park News:
Mammoth Cave National Park Cracking Down on Crime and Asking for Help
Mammoth Cave National Park rangers are cleaning up the park and asking for the public's help. Park rangers say you can help them solve crimes and even make money doing it.
http://www.wbko.com/news/headlines/Mammo..._124745769.html
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Misc. National Park News:
That Grand Teton National Park Ranger Is Juan Ibanez (Note, I placed this here vs Grand Teton/YSNP Section as well)
Earlier this month we ran a story about an anonymous Grand Teton National Park ranger who seemingly went out of his way to assist a young father and his three sons during a fishing outing in the park. Well, we now know whom that ranger is.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2011/06/grand-teton-national-park-ranger-juan-ibanez8379

Study: America's National Parks Keep Falling Apart
We can't even keep our national parks from falling apart, according to a new report this week from the National Parks Conservation Association.
http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/06/30/study-americas-national-parks-keep-falling-apart/#ixzz1QmXRfjNV
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Mount Rainier National Park News:
Mount Rainier National Park opens for summer activities
The road to Sunrise, located on Mt. Rainier's northeast corner, will open Friday, July 1, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, and there are plenty of summer time activities to enjoy.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/re...al_park_op.html
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
SkyWest stopping Salt Lake service at YRA
SkyWest Airlines, which has made two flights daily to Salt Lake City from Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, plans to discontinue that service after Sept. 6.
http://www.powelltribune.com/news/item/8471-skywest-stopping-salt-lake-service-at-yra

Spraying for Mountain Pine Beetle to Begin on Yellowstone and Gardiner Ranger Districts
The Gallatin National Forest will be applying insecticides in recreation sites on the Yellowstone and Gardiner ranger districts over the next few weeks to treat pine trees susceptible to the mountain pine beetle. The current mountain pine beetle epidemic, which has heavily affected pine trees throughout southwest Montana, is impacting numerous trees within popular recreation areas on the Forest.
http://www.kbzk.com/news/spraying-for-mo...nger-districts/

Game & Fish: Grizzlies Expand Their Ranges in Wyoming.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced on Wednesday that it has documented grizzly bears in some new areas this spring, as bear populations continue to grow and individual bears expand their ranges. Brian DeBolt, bear biologist for the Game and Fish, said there have been unusual movements of grizzlies this spring.
http://kowb1290.com/game-fish-grizzlies-expand-their-ranges-in-wyoming/
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