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#15681 - 06/01/08 02:33 AM National Park News - May 2008
James Morrissey Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Part I - Acadia through Death Valley

Acadia NP
New law helps Maine national park
AUGUSTA, Maine—President Bush has signed legislation that will benefit Acadia National Park through more land purchases and efforts to reduce traffic.

Acadia Plans Cleanup, Beech Mountain Hike
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK - To celebrate the 40th annual National Trail Day, the public is invited to participate in events planned for Saturday, June 7.

Mount Desert Island Power to Improve
LAMOINE — Electrical service on Mount Desert Island is expected to be more reliable with Bangor Hancock County Reliability Project.

Eco-resort Proponents to Make Their Case at Winter Harbor Meeting
WINTER HARBOR — Who are these guys?
That's among the questions swirling around a proposed “conservation community” that calls for development of 3,200 acres in Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro that abut Schoodic Point.

Banff National Park
Banff switches to hybrid buses
Officials hope tourists will leave vehicles at hotels

National Bison Range turns 100
MOIESE, Mont. – The National Bison Range at Moiese is widely known as a hot spot for wildlife watching, and less known for its role in saving a species from
extinction 100 years ago.
Big Bend NP
Renovations completed at Big Bend NP's main visitors' center
PANTHER JUNCTION -- Expansion and renovation work has been completed at the Panther Junction Visitors' Center, the central headquarters for Big Bend National Park. The expansion features a larger display area and book store at the visitor's center, which had been very small andd not conducive to handling tourist traffic throughout heavier operating days at the park.

Death Valley National Park
Dig at Manson ranch ends; no bodies found
PANAMINT SPRINGS -- Inyo County sheriff's
investigators ended their search Wednesday for human remains at a remote Death Valley National Park ranch used in 1969 as a hide-out by Charles Manson and his

Playing in the Parks
In Death Valley, only a true duffer finds water in the desert. Twice.
At sea level, a golf ball struck squarely by an average player could travel about 220 yards by air and 25 more on the roll. In the thin air a mile above sea level, that same ball might fly 230 yards and roll 30. Bring the scenario 200 feet below sea level and, well, all sorts of things happen.

Furnace Creek solar grid soaks up Death Valley sun
DEATH VALLEY -- A golfer playing the 17th hole at the Furnace Creek course with a horrendous slice could almost hit one of the photovoltaic panels that will soon be producing solar power.

Everglades National Park
Smoky Conditions Linger as Wildfires Rip Through Everglades in South Florida
MIAMI — There's a slight chance for rain in central and South Florida, areas where firefighters have been battling dozens of wildfires for days.

Everglades on Fire: Why One of the Wettest Areas in the Country Went Up in Flames
It's hard to believe, now that it's been overrun by 7 million residents and 7 jillion strip malls, but southern Florida was once America's last frontier. As late as 1880, the census recorded just 257 residents in a county covering most of the region because most of the region was a watery wilderness called the Everglades. Mapmakers weren't sure whether to draw it as land or water. Politicians dismissed it as uninhabitable swampland. Explorers described it as a "godforsaken" and "hideous" and "abominable" morass, "suitable only for the haunt of noxious vermin, or the resort of pestilential reptiles."
Manhattan, New York, NY Pet Photographer

#15682 - 06/01/08 02:35 AM Re: National Park News - May 2008 [Re: James Morrissey]
James Morrissey Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Part II: Glacier through Great Smoky National Park:

Glacier National Park

Expect delays on Sun Road
The Going-to-the-Sun Road is undergoing rehabilitation as part of a multi-year project overseen by the Federal Highway Administration in partnership with the National Park Service at Glacier National Park.

Crowning achievement
Conference explores backbone of the world" Update: This conference that had been scheduled June 6 has been postponed until September, according to organizer Rick Graetz.

Ranger at Glacier National Park recently honored http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2008/05/21/news/state/40-topranger.txt
KALISPELL - You name it, Gary Moses can do it. earch-and-rescue missions, catching grizzly bears, mountaineering, scuba diving, law enforcement, paramedic work, firefighting

Grand Canyon

102-year-old Grand Canyon shop to close - New regulations doomed store, proprietor says
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - At a time when tourists visited the Grand Canyon in stagecoaches, they did their souvenir shopping at a tent set up by a man named John George Verkamp.

Couple missing in Grand Canyon found safe
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A couple from Utah missing in the Grand Canyon for at least five days have been found alive.

Grand Canyon tourist's death-defying leap (You have to see this one)
This is the heart-stopping moment a photographer leapt between two rocky outcrops over the Grand Canyon. Outrage over plans to extract uranium ore from the Grand Canyon

A Mayfair mining company has caused uproar with plans to extract uranium from the Grand Canyon prompting one official to ask how Britons would react if an
American company went to drill at Stonehenge.

Grand Teton National Park
Meeting explores transport alternatives for Yellowstone
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK - Attendees of the Yellowstone Business Partnership's annual meeting in May arrived in a novel fashion: They came by bus.

Grand Teton monitoring Gros Ventre River's eroding bank
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING The superintendent of Grand Teton National Park says park staff and federal highway officials are keeping a close eye on a section of eroding river bank that's near a road inside the park.

Wyoming's Museum of Wildlife Art seeks more humans The 51,000-square-foot facility is the best-kept secret in Wyoming, which is precisely the problem.
The National Museum of Wildlife Art -- a low-slung, reddish flagstone building hugging a hillside along the highway north of this ski town -- was designed to
fit in with its surroundings. The 51,000-square-foot museum succeeded better than expected.

Wolf killed near park
A poacher killed a wolf in Bridger-Teton National Forest east of Moran Junction in April, and state officials are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Great Smoky National Park
Cataloochee elk numbers may top 100 this year http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/2008...p_100_this_year
The Smoky Mountain elk herd, once facing dire odds, could witness its best year yet in 2008, researchers say.

Rainbow warriors
Kill-off part of plan for brook trout survival in Smokies
In a week, Lynn Camp Prong will be the most fished stream in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Hughs: Firefly spectacular doesn't mask Elkmont eyesore
There were no amber waves of grain, but the spacious skies and purple mountain majesties made us glad not only to be alive but to be alive in the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park on a beautiful spring afternoon.

New Hiking Resource:
Manhattan, New York, NY Pet Photographer

#15683 - 06/01/08 02:35 AM Re: National Park News - May 2008 [Re: James Morrissey]
James Morrissey Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Part III - Misc. Park News through Mt. Rainier:

Misc. Parks

The Hiker's Guide to North America's Best National Parks
Luxury Adventure Vacations for Hiker's of All Levels

Young Americans losing touch with nation's natural wonders
THE GOOD news is that millions of Americans visit their national parks every year. The bad news is that so few of the visitors are young. Our national treasures - Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and all the rest, from Acadia to Zion remain extremely popular tourist destinations, prompting legitimate concerns that we're loving our parks to death.

National park visitors may get to carry concealed firearms
A proposed change in federal gun rules would allow people to carry concealed firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges in states where such weapons are
permitted. The proposal is now open for public comment.

Where the Crowds Aren't: Less-Visited National Park Gems
Abandon all hope, ye who drive to Yellowstone this summer. Most of the park's 3.1 million annual visitors don't leave their cars, giving rise to a local phenomenon: the wildlife jam. A stray bear or bison can instigate bumper-to-bumper congestion worthy of an L.A. freeway at rush hour.

Mount Rainier

Snow delays openings at Mount Rainier
Warmer weather has arrived, but parts of Mount Rainier National Park are still covered with lots of snow. Places that would normally open this month will not be
open for a few more weeks or longer, and visitors should expect snow at higher elevations even in areas open to the public.

Outstanding Volunteers Honored By National Park Service
WASHINGTON, DC th The sixth annual George B. Hartzog, Jr. Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service were presented on May 8 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, and Take Pride in America® recognized the tremendous contributions of Dr. Jennifer Dow, the Flight 93 Volunteer Ambassadors, and the Mount Rainier National Park Volunteer Program.

Lake Washington Survey Reveals Diverse Fish Population
May 18--The results of a survey taken on Lake Washington revealed the huge urban basin is alive with a wide variety of fish.

Foothills towns want to complete mountain loop http://www.thenewstribune.com/331/story/373271.html
There are more views of Mount Rainier than drivers can possibly glimpse from the state’s current circuit of scenic byways.
Manhattan, New York, NY Pet Photographer

#15684 - 06/01/08 02:36 AM Re: National Park News - May 2008 [Re: James Morrissey]
James Morrissey Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Part IV - Olympic through Rocky Mountain National Parks:

Olympic National Park
Storm's Damage Still Lingers on Olympic's Staircase
The popular Staircase Road into Olympic National Park remains closed, despite efforts to repair damage from the December storm, according to park officials.

More folks going camping to save money? Hard to tell, parks officials say
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Are sky-high gas prices and a shaky economy making the North Olympic Peninsula's parks and campgrounds an attractive option for the first weekend of summer?

Enjoying nature's splendor in Seattle
In early June of 2006, I had the privilege of spending a few days in and around Olympic National Park which is west of Seattle, Wash.

Explore natural wonders of Olympic National Park
A nature's paradise of world-class trails, glacier-capped peaks, mossy rainforests, wild ocean beaches, waterfalls, lakes and rivers and a variety of flora and fauna. Roads provide access to the outer edges of the park, but the heart of Olympic is

Rocky Mountain National Park
Artists find inspiration in-residence
Six artists have been selected for the summer 2008 Artist-in-Residence Program at Rocky Mountain National Park. Artists will be provided with a creative, contemplative environment in which to generate artistic works and share their talents with the public.

$9M settlement reached to fix damages to Rocky Mountain National Park
Water Supply and Storage Co. has agreed to pay $9 million for damages to natural resources in Rocky Mountain National Park five years ago.

A guide to watching wildlife - From hummingbirds to moose, Colorado has 'em. Here's
how to find 'em.
The sky is an incredible blue, the snow is melted (or melting) and the wildflowers are opening in a symphony of color. Today's the unofficial start of summer in Colorado, a great time to get out and watch wildlife.

Record gas prices keeping some people home
With gas setting new records daily, some people are choosing not to travel this weekend to save money. Triple A says there will be a one percent decrease in the number of families going away for the weekend because of high prices. So how much more will it cost the average family?
Manhattan, New York, NY Pet Photographer

#15685 - 06/01/08 02:36 AM Re: National Park News - May 2008 [Re: James Morrissey]
James Morrissey Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Part V: Saguaro through Yellowstone National Park:

Saguaro National Park
Wire fence riles residents Continental Reserve neighbors object to it; park
service says it's policy
Residents in the Continental Reserve area in southwest Marana are upset about a barbed-wire fence the National Park Service recently began installing where Saguaro National Park West borders the neighborhood.

Federal land exchange scrutinized
Two multimillion-dollar properties on the Phoenix-Scottsdale line were part of a federal land swap under renewed scrutiny because of Arizona Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign.

Prescribed fire may burn Wednesday in Avra Valley
A 160-acre prescribed burn is planned this Wednesday on city of Tucson land in Avra Valley, according to a release from Saguaro National Park.

Shenandoah National Park
Hitting the trail with Fido
Explore the great outdoors with your canine companion There's no question that America's great outdoors is a paradise for pets. From flower-carpeted mountain
sides to spectacular waterfalls and panoramic vistas, there are so many wonderful pet-friendly hiking trails to discover.

Popular Park Assesses Parking Options
Parking could soon be hard to come by at one of Central Virginia's most popular hikes. Shenandoah National Park officials are considering building a new parking lot for Old Rag Mountain and you have until the end of the month to give them your suggestions.

Yellowstone NP
Just how Faithful depends on rain, snow, scientists say
Just in time for summer, a Silicon Valley scientist may have helped answer a question that puzzles millions of Western tourists every year: What makes Old Faithful so faithful?

Woman falls through trail into hot water at Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo.The National Park Service says a hiker burned her leg and ankle when she fell through a dirt trail into a pool of 170-degree water at Yellowstone National Park.

MT Stockgrowers Assoc. upset over bison management
Members of the Montana Stockgrowers Association say that the Montana Board of Livestock has failed to properly manage bison on the western edge of Yellowstone National Park, which has resulted in increased risk of brucellosis spreading from Bison to cattle.

Wyo. Republicans adopt platform at convention
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Republicans have adopted a plank to their state party platform supporting year-round access over Sylvan Pass.

Bison to be hazed into Yellowstone as ranchers go to court
BOZEMAN, Mont. The Montana Department of Livestock says it will haze up to 100 bison from private property into Yellowstone National Park, after cattle ranchers Wednesday asked a state judge to order the animals' removal.

Yellowstone teaches us a lesson about bears
Those of us old enough to remember when a gallon of gas, lead included, was 25 cents probably also remember the bears of Yellowstone National Park.
Manhattan, New York, NY Pet Photographer


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