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June National Parks News #16204
07/01/08 03:51 AM
07/01/08 03:51 AM
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James Morrissey Offline OP
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Acadia NP

Acadia National Park shines once you get past Bar Harbor
It's safe to say that most people who visit Acadia National Park on Mont Desert Island in Maine never find the true heart of this beautiful place.

Penobscots' powwow bears repeating
INDIAN ISLAND, Maine - Wrapping up a week of intertribal meetings on Indian Island, the Penobscot Nation hosted a spirited weekend powwow, open to the public - the first of what is expected to become a yearly cultural celebration on the reservation near Old Town. http://bangornews.com/news/t/news.aspx?articleid=166482&zoneid=164

Banff National Park
Green and getting greener
Banff looks at new ways for people and animals to share the park's crowded valleys

Cougar warnings posted in Banff
BANFF, Alta. — Residents of a town in Banff National Park are being warned to be on the lookout for cougars.
Some of the big cats have been spotted in the area in the last week.

Grizzly deaths a concern in National Park
BANFF, Alberta - Sow grizzlies are dying in Banff National Park at a rate that is concerning wildlife biologists. The park has an estimated 60 female grizzlies, but a large number have died in the Lake Louise area — most commonly after coming into conflict with humans.
Death Valley National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Base jumper injured in Canyonlands National Park
MOAB — It took authorities six hours to rescue a Kansas man who broke his leg while attempting to base jump in Canyonlands National Park

Death Valley National Park

Triple-digit temperatures abound in county
RIVERSIDE – While some coastal visitors in Los Angeles and Orange counties Saturday complained of highs in the 80s and 90s, parts of Riverside County roasted at temperatures of 105 and higher Saturday afternoon.

Death Valley is full of life for a close-to-home vacation
With the high price of gas squeezing household budgets, many families will be spending their vacations closer to home. Fortunately, there are many wonderful vacations destinations only a tank of gas away. Places where you can build those wonderful vacation memories with loved ones. So starting today, we offer picks for places that will have you saying "Tanks for the Memories."

Xanterra Constructing Tourism Industry's Largest Solar Pv System In Death Valley National park and resort concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts has just completed one of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems in the United States. Covering five acres of Southern California’s Death Valley National Park – a 3.3 million-acre park that is the sunniest place in the country – the one megawatt (MW) system will generate more than one-third of the total annual electricity needs of Xanterra’s operations in Death Valley, including the historic Furnace Creek Inn, Furnace Creek Ranch, Furnace Creek Golf Course, employee offices and housing.

Denali National Park

Denali National Park rangers seek missing hikers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The National Park Service has launched a search for two women missing on what was supposed to be a short backpacking trip in Denali National Park.

Flat visitor season anticipated in Alaska thanks to high price of gas
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — With runaway fuel prices, it's somehow fitting that Jim and Wilma Fowler's Airstream Safari sports a green sign, "Alaska or Bust," on the back window of the 7.6-metre travel trailer.

Visitors Center Opens In Denali National Park
The public is now able to visit the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park which opened this month. The center resides on Denali Park Road, 66 miles from the park entrance, looks out on the Alaska Range, said park officials.

Everglades National Park
Finally, a good deal on Florida swampland
In the long, shady history of Florida swampland deals, this is by far the most promising - a plan to buy U.S. Sugar Corp. for $1.75 billion and incorporate its 292 square miles into a long-overdue restoration of the Everglades.

Conservation Groups Plan Legal Action to Prevent the Extinction of the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, Jun. 30 -/E-Wire/-- The Center for Biological Diversity, Florida Biodiversity Project, and Natural Resources Defense Council today notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that they will challenge the agency’s failure to adequately protect the critical habitat of the highly endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow.

Florida Board Votes to Move Forward With Everglades Restoration Plan
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ Despite the fears of rural communities of a body blow to their economies, the South Florida Water Management District gave unanimous approval Monday to the blockbuster plan for acquiring U.S. Sugar and using the company's land to help restore the Everglades.

Everglades National Park seeking tour boat operation bids
Everglades National Park soon might have a new tour-boat operator for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park map being unveiled
A map of Glacier National Park and the surrounding areas will be presented to the public Tuesday on Canada Day.

On the road again: Glacier National Park - and Felicite McDonald - celebrate day 75 years ago when a highway climbed to the sun Felicite McDonald talks about being at the dedication of Going-to-the-Sun Road in 1933 while at a ceremony celebrating the road's 75th year on Friday at Lake McDonald in Glacier Park. McDonald was 10 years old when she took the long trip from Arlee to Logan Pass, a trip that ended tragically in an accident for those traveling in another truck.

Grand Canyon

As popularity of Skywalk grows, so does Grand Canyon rivalry
LAS VEGAS - Clare Cornick and Pat Pascale boarded the SweetTours charter bus from the Marriott Grand Chateau time-share just after sunrise, bound for their first peek into the Grand Canyon.

New mining claims banned in region around Grand Canyon National Park
A House committee today invoked rarely-used powers to ban new mining claims on about a million acres adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park.

New train ride in Grand Canyon National Park
The Coconino Canyon Train — a 90-minute train ride that originates in Grand Canyon National Park and travels on tracks built in the 1800s — quietly started service Monday. About 75 visitors took a spin that day to see some of the rugged Southwest landscape, a spokeswoman said.

Emergency Protections Enacted for Grand Canyon; Interior Department Petitioned for Immediate Action on Uranium
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA, Jun. 27 -/E-Wire/-- The Committee on Natural Resources voted 20-2 Wednesday in favor of a resolution that requires Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne to enact emergency protections from uranium development across 1 million acres of federal public lands surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton marks biggest addition since 1950
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Rockefeller family and National Park Service this weekend will quietly mark the single largest expansion of Grand Teton National Park since 1950 — the donation of nearly two square miles of property at the park's south end.

Injured climber, 16, rescued by helicopter in Grand Teton
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) - Rescuers used a helicopter to pluck an injured 16-year-old climber off Teewinot Mountain in Grand Teton National Park.

Wyoming's legendary set
THE Grand Tetons held sway over me for 20 years — before I set ever eyes on them.
Peaceful, photogenic Grand Teton National Park lures fans of `Shane,' the 1953 homesteader's tale, which was filmed here. Signs of the western can still be seen.

Wyoming's Geological Landscape Subject of Talk at Grand Teton National Park
Research from two geological basin landscapes is the topic of the popular summer seminar series Thursday, June 19, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Great Smoky National Park
Toyota's Million Dollar Donation Enhances Environmental Education at Great Smoky Mountains National Park GATLINBURG, Tenn., June 26, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- TM | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- Toyota and Great Smoky Mountains National Park have partnered to foster environmental education through Toyota's contribution of $1 million and three hybrid vehicles to America's most visited national park. In support of raising environmental awareness, the donation will enhance and develop a variety of new science education initiatives for K-12 students, teachers and families to encourage careers in science and service-learning opportunities.

Smoky Mountains Park unveils 75th anniversary site
ASHEVILLE, N.C.—The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has unveiled an interactive Web site giving viewers a virtual tour of activities planned to celebrate the park's 75th anniversary.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials await invasive ash beetle
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A little green beetle has killed millions of ash trees in Michigan and the bugs may be spreading south. http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/06/great_smoky_mountains_national.html

Misc. Parks
National meeting of park officials draws fire
By JIM DRINKARD – Jun 9, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the National Park Service will gather next month at a private resort in the Utah mountains for a summit meeting that some career officials say feels more like a $1 million exercise in political promotion.

Possible gray wolf seen on northern NM ranch
SANTA FE – A possible gray wolf has been sighted on a ranch in northern New Mexico, raising the prospect that wolves may have migrated into the state from the Northern Rockies where they were reintroduced more than a decade ago.

Mount Rainier
Two Meetings to Center on Rainier’s Carbon River Road
ENUMCLAW -- Two public scoping meetings will be held on June 30 and July 1 to discuss future plans for the Carbon River Road in Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier bio-toilet a stinky token of friendship
How would you do like to do your business on a $70,000 toilet?

Pack extra care if heading to Mount Rainier National Park
Snow continues to fall in the upper elevations at Mount Rainier National Park. More than 16 inches of snow fell Tuesday at Paradise. So far this year, 947 inches of snow has fallen at Paradise. That’s just shy of 79 feet of snow.

Olympic National Park
Roosevelts to be portrayed, commemorated at Quinault Lodge
QUINAULT — Both of the former President Roosevelts will be portrayed chatting about conservation and Olympic National Park at Lake Quinault Lodge this weekend.

Officials from Olympic National Forest say that repairs on Forest Service Road 24 are nearly complete and the road is expected to be open as far as the Bear Gulch picnic area by June 30.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Hiker, 66, killed in fall at RMNP
A 66-year- old hiker from Fort Collins is dead after a fall in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park undergoing eco-alteration
Northern Colorado’s crown jewel is a few years from its first century, but a new era is already beginning for Rocky Mountain National Park.

Saguaro National Park
Fires char Coronado, Saguaro park lands
Firefighters fought and monitored several fires Sunday in the Coronado National Forest and Saguaro National Park.

Kids get steeped in desert lore in junior-ranger camp
A three-day junior-ranger day camp offers a brief outdoor education for children between ages 6 and 11 who want to learn about Saguaro National Park East and about becoming a park ranger.

Shenandoah National Park
Park officials worried by EPA-proposed regulation
Shenandoah National Park officials are concerned that a proposed regulation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could weaken park air-quality rules.

Capture Butterflies on Film
Shenandoah National Park will be hosting a “Butterfly Photography and Identification” seminar on July 12. As the park comes alive with a spectacular array of butterflies in mid-summer, here is the chance to learn from experts the best ways to identify and “capture” butterflies through photography.

Yellowstone NP
Boy injured by bison in Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo.—A 12-year-old boy from Pennsylvania was hospitalized after he was flipped into the air by a bull bison at Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone requires blood test for horses
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Owners of horses, mules and burros will need to show proof that the animals have been tested recently for Equine Infectious Anemia before they can bring the animals into Yellowstone National Park.

State vets: Yellowstone must eradicate brucellosis
HELENA, Mont. – State veterinarians from Montana, Idaho and Wyoming say cattle will continue to be plagued by a livestock disease as long as it remains prevalent in regional wildlife.

Suit Opposes Elk Feeding in Wyoming
Environmentalists filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in an effort to stop a federal wildlife refuge in Wyoming from continuing its longtime practice of feeding wild elk. They say such feeding could lead to or worsen an outbreak of chronic wasting disease in the large wildlife populations around Yellowstone National Park.

Re: June National Parks News [Re: James Morrissey] #16205
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Tony Bynum Offline
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nice work james!!!!!!!!!

Re: June National Parks News [Re: Tony Bynum] #16206
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Thanks James
I always look forward to the park news

"I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight."
Re: June National Parks News [Re: Don Edwards] #16207
07/03/08 01:04 PM
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James Morrissey Offline OP
James Morrissey  Offline OP
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Thanks, everyone for the feedback. The Parks News section of the newsletter is the hardest part - by a long shot. It takes a lot of time to cull through the articles and pick ones that are both interesting and current.

In the next incarnation of NWP (i.e. updated forum software), one of the things I would like to do is create our own news section...much like the gear sites...however aimed at the Parks.


Re: June National Parks News [Re: James Morrissey] #16208
07/04/08 12:54 PM
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James Morrissey Offline OP
James Morrissey  Offline OP
Carpal Tunnel

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Some months ago, when I did the newsletter, I broke it up into its individual parks through multiple posts in a thread. Was this easier for people to read? My one gripe with the newsletter is its format.


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