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National Park News - March 2009 #20885
03/01/09 05:10 PM
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Deleware Water Gap National Recreation Area News:
Delaware Water Gap park ready for stimulus funds
The National Park Service says it's ready to spend millions of dollars from the massive economic stimulus package on improvements at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Everglades National Park News:
Plans for Everglades waters have some common elements
A long-anticipated suite of alternatives for managing the marine waters of Everglades National Park over the next 20 to 30 years has been released, and none includes additional no-fishing zones.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park News:
Great Smoky Park marks 75 years
The 75th-anniversary celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is under way.

Misc. Parks News:
Northward Ho (Not about just one park...)!
Alaska's splendor may never be this cheap again
Jean Tyrell tested her footing as she stepped from the tiny bush plane and out into Alaska's Ruth Amphitheater, a tabernacle of granite, snow and ice.

Florida's coral reefs: A plan to protect them
A few miles from the southeast Florida coast, at a depth of crushing pressure and frigid temperatures, lies an eerie world of snowy coral, undiscovered forms of life and rock towers thrusting through ink-dark water.

Alaska's Predators Under Fire Within National Park Lands
Bears and wolves threatened by increased hunting in national preserves
The nation's leading voice for the national parks, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), has asked the Alaska Board of Game to stop manipulating populations of brown bears and wolves in federally-run national preserves, which the state is now doing to artificially increase moose and caribou numbers for hunting.

Outside the US/Canadian National Parks System:
Northwest national park awakens
Walking at Xaghra il-Hamra is one of nature's best attractions. The majjistral, the fresh wind that blows from the northwest, is very welcome as it brings with it a feeling of wellbeing. One of the best views in our islands can be gained near the tabletop edge of the park's sheer cliffs, which provide a bird's eye view of wild terrain below with rolling rockscape stretching out behind.

Kruger National Park News:
Walk in the park for SA
South Africa’s Davis Cup players are unlikely to find the Macedonians tough nuts to crack.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore News:
Snowshoe hikes on Saturdays continue at park
The popular Saturday afternoon snowshoe hikes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will continue into March as long as snow conditions permit, according to National Park Service officials.

Yellowstone National Park News:
Silent Beauty: Yellowstone In Winter Makes For Hardy Trip
The bone-chilling cold of a Wyoming winter has tightened its icy grip on Yellowstone National Park. The bison, conserving heat and energy, stand perfectly still in the meadows, up to their bellies in snow.

Yosemite National Park News:
Yosemite roars into winter action
The park's snowy landscape is the place to be for skiers, ice skaters and snowshoers.
Yosemite National Park may be known for its towering granite cliffs and booming waterfalls, but when temperatures drop and snow falls, the park becomes a winter wonderland.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park News:
Valley View: Edgar Farm available for lease through Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Countryside Conservancy
f you're ready to make a career change into farming for a living and want to stay close to urban conveniences, the 35-acre Edgar Farm at the corner of Hathaway and Canal Roads in Valley View may be the farm for you.

Everglades National Park News:
Miami to Memphis — My Top Ten Insights
So without further ado, here are my Top Ten insights from Miami to Memphis …

Wading birds vanishing in Everglades National Park
It seems even Mother Nature is going through a recession.

Grand Canyon National Park News:
At Canyon, new fears of air pollution
There isn't much to Seligman, Arizona.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park News:
While five adults watched and talked from a grassy area at Spence Field, the boys decided to see if they could sneak up on the old folks and maybe give them a start. Three of the boys went one direction. Dennis, six days short of his seventh birthday, went another.

Great Smoky Mountains celebration under way
The 75th anniversary celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is under way.

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park News:
Oregon historical park to restore tidal wetland
The Lewis and Clark National Historical Park plans to restore the 33-acre Otter Point area to a tidal wetland, requiring about 300 pounds of native grass seed.

Misc. National Parks News:
If ever there was a time for deals, it's now
With more than 40 cruise ships plying Alaskan waters this season, the competition is heating up -- and that means lower prices.
It's the same story everywhere, only maybe more so in Alaska: Travel companies there are discounting like mad to lure visitors to America's northernmost state.

Mount Rainier National Park News:
Firsthand lessons in the wilderness: Teens trek for computers
The prospect of adventure - and free computers - lured 18 South Sound teenagers to hike 20 miles through Mount Rainier's backwoods this weekend.

Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Reservations over at Glacier Basin

Theodore Roosevelt National Park News:
Park Elk meetings wrapped up
Six public meetings have wrapped up to get comments on how to control the elk population in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and park officials say they're pleased with the process.

Yellowstone National Parks News:
Spring plowing begins on Yellowstone roads
Maintenance crews have begun plowing roads in Yellowstone National Park as the park prepares to open for automobile traffic in the spring.

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Everglades National Park News:
South Florida economy gets boost from Everglades restoration funds
Conceived during the boom times of the late 1990s, the multibillion-dollar restoration of the Everglades has emerged as a key means for South Florida to weather the recession.

'Bridge to nowhere' OK'd for Everglades
Project buried in spending bill
A provision buried inside Congress' giant spending bill would overturn a federal court order, discard part of environmental law and reject an Indian tribe's plea, forcing the government to build a bridge in Everglades National Park that a federal judge has declared "a complete waste of taxpayer dollars."

Everglades funds could bring 'hundreds' of jobs
Advocate says $183.4 million in Everglades funds for projects will create hundreds of jobs
New federal money for the Everglades was announced Monday with a new twist, as two members of Congress emphasized the impact the funding could have on South Florida's ailing economy.

Journey through the Everglades: Part I
When planning to travel through swamps, marshes, or river grass, one needs usually two things: time and patience. With both securely on my side, I set out to experience the natural life that exists in Florida’s greatest ecosystem, and most prominent National Park, the Everglades.

Glacier National Park News:
No More Glaciers in Glacier National Park by 2020?
It's an oft-repeated statistic that the glaciers at Montana's Glacier National Park will disappear by the year 2030.

Grand Canyon National Park News:
California Condor release at Vermillion Cliffs
This spring and summer, when you visit Grand Canyon National Park, you may catch a glimpse of one of Arizona's four new residents—endangered California condors from Oregon and Idaho.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park News:
Sen. Alexander to play piano at Smokies concert
GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Sen. Lamar Alexander plans to play the piano with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Misc. National Park News:
Animals & Money: Blowing big money on blowing away predators (Editorial)
Now that Obama is in control of the government, one of the big priorities of animal advocates -- even bigger than getting the Obama family a shelter dog -- is the elimination of the USDA's Wildlife Services Department, which spends $117 million a year in a Sisyphean quest to exterminate predators.

This kid has seen it all
Miles Todaro, a 12-year-old at East Hampton Middle School, has a passion for the National Park Service.

Debate over economic stimulus priorities hits Park Service
The economic stimulus package sent $750 million to the National Park Service -- and is sparking debate over the agency's priorities.

Outside the US/Canadian Parks System:
The Flooding's Finished at Karijini National Park
While most thoughts of Australia this month have been on the fires burning in Victoria, the opposite kind of natural disaster has been causing chaos in the northern parts of the country, with large areas of Queensland and Western Australia being hit by cyclone-induced floods.

Vote for Komodo park, govt appeals
The government has called on citizens to vote online to get the famed Komodo National Park onto the prestigious New Seven Wonders of Nature list.

Jeremy Thompson Finds Gorillas In His Midst
Nothing prepares you for seeing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat from just feet away. They are simply magnificent creatures and scarily like us.

Fire strips national park of 10000 ha greens
Mumbai A major fire suspected to have been triggered by tribal people residing within the forest area on Monday charred about 10,000 hectares of forest in the heart of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).

Theodore Roosevelt National Park News:
What to do with Elk
According to a National Park Service release, elk were reintroduced `to restore the extirpated native species and a missing component of the Badlands ecosystem and to enhance visitor experience.` They`ve done well. Now, park officials are evaluating what to do with the overwhelming elk population.

Yellowstone National Park News:
Yellowstone elk population up slightly
A survey conducted of the northern Yellowstone elk population shows a slightly higher number of elk in the area compared to the three previous winters, but, overall, the long-term trend indicates abundance has decreased significantly since wolf restoration, according to a news release from Yellowstone National Park.

West Yellowstone snowmobiler seriously injured in crash
A West Yellowstone man was hospitalized over the weekend after he fell from his snowmobile and was struck by another on the Two Top snowmobile trail.

Spring plowing begins in Yellowstone National Park
Maintenance crews have begun plowing roads in Yellowstone National Park as the park prepares to open for automobile traffic in the spring.

Submit your photos of Yellowstone for the Winter Photo Festival by March 6
Share your favorite winter photos of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem during a Winter Photo Festival at 7 p.m. on March 11 in West Yellowstone.

Zion National Park News:
Road Trip to Chicago (and back)
Because It's About Time You Got to Know the Good Ol' U.S. of A.
Sure, jetting off to a foreign country is glamorous and all, but all the true adventurers are staying in the states this spring break. So grab a few friends, load up the most reliable car you can find with road-trip essentials (U.S. map, cash, camera and extra memory stick, sleeping bags, tent with rain tarp, hiking clothes, casual clothes, night-out clothes, lots of water and a large bag of potato chips for later) and get the hell out of La Jolla.

Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks
There aren't many places in the world where the forces of nature have come together with such dramatic results as in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. From arid desert and desolate canyons to pine-covered peaks and awe-inspiring rock formations, these two parks -- located about 85 miles apart in colorful southern Utah -- offer some of the American West's most beautiful scenery, along with almost unlimited opportunities for hiking, camping, and other outdoor experiences.

Re: National Park News - 03/4/09 [Re: James Morrissey] #20888
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Acadia National Park News:
The Right Place in Time: Skiing Acadia National Park
When John D. Rockefeller, Jr. started building the 57-mile network of carriage roads on Mount Desert Island in 1913, I am quite sure he did not have cross country skiing in mind. Long, long before that, the island's incredibly varied geologic history, including periods of erosion and sedimentation, plate tectonics, volcanic eruption, and glaciation, shaped the dramatic landscape that we see there today.

Oceanfront campground elicits no bids at Gouldsboro auction
Local lobster dealer Dana Rice was the top bidder Tuesday in a foreclosure auction for a 2-acre wharf property where he has run his waterfront business for several years.

Outdoor Journal
Rare Bird Alert
No surprises among the true standouts in this week's report: TUFTED DUCK, KING EIDER, NORTHERN HAWK OWL and VARIED THRUSH.
Arches National Park News:
Park service approves grant for Moab trails work MOAB, Utah (AP) - The National Park Service will give $100,000 to help connect trails near Moab with Arches National Park.

Big Bend National Park News:
Paralyzed man paints with his mouth.
Hopes art career will help restore mobility
SPICEWOOD, Texas (KXAN) - In April 2000, Jared Dunten , 26, and a friend approached the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. After a couple of tough hiking days in the park's Chisos Mountains, a bath was in order. Dunten grabbed a bar of soap and headed for the water. He knew better; he really did know better, and he admits to having enjoyed a couple of beers. Maybe that is why. Maybe it is not.

Everglades National Park News:
Shark Valley's big attraction is gators
A 15-mile paved cycling path, no traffic, with fresh air, wildlife and alligators

Crist: 'The Future Is Now'
And for Florida's beautiful environment, the future is now.

Glacier National Park News:
Welcome to ______ National Park
Glacier National Park to go glacier-free a decade early
National Geographic News reports the oft-repeated statistic that the glaciers at Montana's Glacier National Park will disappear by the year 2030 is being revised.

Grand Teton National Park News:
The Buzz: A phantom, maybe, but no menace
Jackson Hole, Wyo-Certain well-known mythical creatures are said to haunt corners of the world, inevitably eluding those who seek to prove their existence. Yet a phantom animal some believe they have seen in Jackson Hole is, unlike Sasquatch or Nessie, at least a known species.

Conservationists want more lynx habitat
But recent designation of 39,000 square miles is a drastic improvement, groups say.
Key areas of lynx habitat in the Greater Yellowstone Area were missing from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designation last week, according to conservation groups.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park News:
Ticket information for cades cove outdoor concert
The sounds of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will flow through the coves and hollows of Cades Cove at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13, with a variety of classical compositions during an outdoor concert as part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park diamond anniversary celebration.

Misc. National Park News:
We can grow our economy and preserve the environment,' Obama says at Interior
President Obama marked the Interior Department's 160th anniversary today with an enthusiastically received visit to announce he was restoring the role of federal biologists in endangered species decisions.

America's most visited tourist attractions
Call it a coincidence, but in the historic election year of 2008, the home of the Liberty Bell cracked the Forbes Traveler list of America's Most Visited Tourist Attractions.

Trappers help keep wildlife, ecosystemsin balance (Editorial - again, editors note...we publish everything.)
The quest to preserve wild plants, animals and places is one of the more pleasant and challenging of humankind's responsibilities. That goal is shared by all of us. In America, despite our critics, it's one we've accomplished in admirable fashion.

Outside the US/Canadian Parks System:
In Congo, With Rebels Now at Bay, Calm Erupts
BUKIMA, Congo — Jean-Marie Serundori’s eyes light up when he sees his old hulk of a friend Kabirizi.

Fires, dead bamboos plague Borivli national park
MUMBAI: Repeated fires at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivli have left officials flummoxed and a dead bamboo plantation is adding to the problem.

Yellowstone National Park News:
Count of Northern Yellowstone elk rises
BILLINGS (AP) — The Northern Yellowstone elk herd has grown but the number of calves remains one-half to one-third of what wildlife managers would like to see.

Stimulus Exposes National Parks Priorities
National parks will get $750 million from the economic stimulus package--but how should they spend it?

National Park News - 03/5/09 [Re: James Morrissey] #20889
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Lots of news today - and some of kept me riveted. Hope it does the same for everyone else!


Cuyahoga National Park News:
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad announces canned food drive
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) is excited to announce a canned food drive March 14 and 15, 2009, to benefit both the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Cleveland Foodbank.

Everglades National Park News:
Loxahatchee refuge workers train to catch pythons
WEST OF BOYNTON BEACH - Biology staff at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, west of Boynton Beach, will attend a training session this afternoon to learn how to safely capture and handle exotic pythons.

Grand Canyon National Park News:
Will the real Grand Canyon West please stand up?
Trademark lawsuit pits tribe vs. Las Vegas developer
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK — The tribe that lives at Arizona’s top tourism destination is locked in a lucrative lawsuit over whether a competitor infringed upon one of its most important trademarks.

Grand Canyon Railway spring break deals
Love a train ride? Ready to see the Grand Canyon? Families can do both and take advantage of Grand Canyon Railway's spring break deals.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park News:
Outdoors: Getting to know the Smokies up close
The 900 Miler Club
I recently finished hiking all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That makes me the 248th member of the 900 Miler Club.

Misc. National Parks News:
A Travel Writer's Visit: Wish List
People always ask me how I decide where to go. v I read, I see movies, I stare at maps, I dream. v And in doing so, I arrived at these 10 places that are tops on my list for 2009.

Committee says no to Mount St. Helens national park
An advisory committee on the future of Mount St. Helens is recommending that Congress keep the mountain in the hands of the U.S. Forest Service instead of converting it to a national park.

Lynx Protected Habitat Expands by 37,000 Square Miles
Critical habitat for the Canada lynx, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, has been expanded by about 37,000 square miles by order of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Outside the US/Canadian Parks System:
New footage shows rare rhinos in Indonesia
JAKARTA (AFP) — New infra-red footage released Thursday captures hitherto unseen images of elusive Javan rhinos, the most endangered mammal in the world with less than 60 individuals believed to remain alive.

Cobra wraps around man driving car
PRETORIA, South Africa, March 4 (UPI) -- A South African man says he and his wife remained calm as a nearly three-foot-long cobra wrapped itself around his leg as he was driving his car.

National Park to ban jarveys over dung issue
Jarveys who do not use ‘dung catchers’ are to be banned from Killarney National Park from June, in a new clampdown aimed at cleaning up the park. However the jarveys are arguing that there is no legal basis for the measure, which is due to take effect from June 8th, at the height of the tourist season.

Yellowstone National Park News:
Conservationists want more lynx habitat
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Conservation groups say more parts of the Greater Yellowstone Area in Wyoming and Idaho could be set aside for lynx habitat.

Yosemite National Park News:
Small rock slide falls on highway outside Yosemite
State transportation officials have reopened all lanes of a main highway leading into Yosemite National Park after clearing several tons of rock and debris from the road.

National Park News 03/6/09 [Re: James Morrissey] #20890
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Acadia National Park News:
Earmarks for Maine cash in at $21 million
A spending bill full of pet projects has drawn criticism, but Collins and Snowe call the funding 'appropriate.'
The $410 billion spending bill debated by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday includes about $21 million for some 45 projects in Maine, ranging from potato research to buying land for conservation.

Assateague National Park News:
Assateague names superintendent
Acting Superintendent Carl Zimmerman announced the selection of Patricia "Trish" Kicklighter as the new superintendent of Assateague Island National Seashore. Kicklighter succeeds Scott Bentley, who became superintendent at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in San Antonio.

Big Bend National Park News:
Scenic Big Bend canyon is easy float for rafters
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas – Garry slipped his raft into the slender entrance to Santa Elena Canyon as easily as a key into a lock. Adana followed, and then Mike. Our three-raft flotilla had begun an overnight trip last October through the most spectacular and most accessible canyon on the Rio Grande.

Denali National Park News:
From a Alaska Conservation Alliance press release:
Alaska's largest conservation coalition is now on record supporting a hydro project and a gasline routing option through Denali National Park. "This is all part of recognizing how we get to 50% renewable energy by 2025 and relying on natural gas as the 'bridge' fuel", notes Kate Troll, Executive Director of Alaska Conservation Alliance (ACA).

Everglades National Park News:
Armed with hooks, tongs and a snake bag, biologists at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge spent Thursday learning how to catch Burmese pythons.

Grand Canyon National Park News:
Go Beyond the Grand Canyon for View
If you're looking for jaw-dropping scenery, northern Arizona has more than its share of vistas, whether you're up for a strenuous hike or prefer to stay in your car.

Alternative Spring Break at Grand Canyon National Park
Even Grand Canyon National Park is getting in on the spring break action this year. Beginning on March 15, 2009, two groups of college students will spend a week of their spring break volunteering at Grand Canyon National Park.

Haleakala National Park News:
Nature Conservancy Adds Land to Maui's Haleakala National Park
The Nature Conservancy has donated 34 acres of land in east Maui to the National Park Service, which officials say will be used to create a "gateway" to the Kipahulu portion of Haleakala National Park.

Misc. National Parks News:
Let nature be the solution
A few years ago, several dozen gray wolves were reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park. It was part of an Interior Department effort to keep down excess deer and elk populations, and to restore a natural predator to a habitat where it once roamed free.

Mt. St. Helens: National Park Or National Monument?
A draft report from an advisory committee is recommending that Mt. St. Helens National Monument remain under the management of the U.S. Forest Service and not be designated as a national park.

Outside the US/Canadian National Parks System:
Bombay HC free to decide on national park encroachment: SC
MUMBAI: In a significant development, the Supreme Court on Thursday said it will not interfere with the judgments passed by the Bombay high court
on the removal of illegal encroachments in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

South Africa sets up Garden Route national park
CAPE TOWN, South Africa: South Africa has established a new national park along its southern coast to boost tourism in one of the most visited parts of the country.

New national park unveiled in Knysna (note: there is a vaguely off-color ad on this page..that is a values statement, so open at your own risk. Most folks would not mind, I don't think...just be aware)
A Garden Route National Park (GRNP) has been established in Knysna, the Department of Environmental Affairs said on Friday.

Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Hiking News: Comments welcome on Bear Lake Road project
Half of Bear Lake Road at Rocky Mountain National Park has been fixed, now officials at Rocky Mountain National Park want to fix the rest of it.

Yellowstone National Park News:
Thank goodness for tourism, a $2 billion industry
Back in the 1990s, members of the Wyoming Travel Commission, including Cheyenne's Jim Hearne, Jackson's Clay James, Lusk's Gene Kupke, others and me, promoted a unique goal for state tourism revenue.

Yosemite National Park News:
Yosemite's famed Ahwahnee Hotel may get massive seismic overhaul
Yosemite National Park's historic Ahwahnee Hotel, a landmark destination with stunning views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point, could be closed for up to two years under a proposal by park officials to ensure it will survive a major earthquake.

National Park News 03/7/09 [Re: James Morrissey] #20891
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A bit of interesting news today. Two critters seemed to dominate everything - pythons and wolves. Take a look below...

Banff National Park News:
Around the Mountains: 3 wolves in Banff killed on highway
Three wolves have been struck and killed this winter on the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park.

Everglades National Park News:
Nestled in the Everglades, a Cold War Relic
At the height of the Cold War, antiaircraft missiles stood at the ready in Florida's swamplands, protecting the South from a potential Soviet nuclear bomber attack launched from Cuba.

LETTER TO EDITOR: Bridge to Everglades revival
The article " 'Bridge to nowhere' OK'd for Everglades" (Page 1, Tuesday) fails to adequately address the importance of Tamiami Trail bridging to reviving America's Everglades.

Burmese Pythons: Invading a South Florida swamp near you
I hate snakes. Let's get that out in the open right now. And I really don't like the idea of giant, Southeast Asian pythons roaming around free in the Everglades, let loose because some guy decided he couldn't handle it for a pet.

Grand Canyon National Park News:
The Grand Canyon - Impressively Grand!
One of the most popular sites for Hollywood westerns, the Grand Canyon is more than just a great cleft carved through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It is one of the most natural wonders of the world, where nature has proved the power of water over all other elements on earth. As research released in 2008 suggests, that over 17 million years ago the Grand Canyon was created by the Colorado River.

Grand Canyon spring break lodging discounts for good grades

Misc. Parks News:
Obama in no rush to ban guns in national parks
Bush era rules » Interior chief says president respects right to arms
President Barack Obama has rolled back eleventh-hour Bush administration rules on oil and gas leases, oil-shale development and offshore drilling, but the new White House hasn't budged on one policy: allowing guns in national parks.

Outside the US/Canadian Parks System News:
The Complete Guide To: Big-cat safaris
Lion, tiger, cheetah or leopard, nothing compares to the thrill of seeing these fabulous felines in their natural habitat, says Harriet O'Brien

The one and only
Switzerland has only one national park - but what a park it is.
In the summer months it's refreshing to be in the great outdoors; but there is great outdoors, and there is extraordinary outdoors. Top of the list of extraordinary outdoor experiences is the Swiss national park (nationalpark.ch). It's the biggest conservation area in Switzerland and one of the best-protected natural environments in Europe. The Alpine landscape remains much the same as it was 5,000 years ago, thanks to the banning of hunting, tree felling, meadow mowing or any other human activity deemed to interfere with nature.

Low birthrates spell doom for world's rarest rhino
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Time and space are running out for the Javan Rhinoceros — the most endangered mammal in the world.

Yellowstone National Park News:
Wolf delisting upheld
ISLAND PARK – The wolves that have made the caldera and other Idaho places their home in recent years will be managed by the state of Idaho, despite environmentalist demands that wolves stay on the U. S. Threatened and Endangered Species List.

Gray wolf removal from endangered list will stand
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
President Obama has let stand a Bush administration regulation that removed the gray wolf from the endangered species list.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reasserts Bush-era findings that the animal is no longer endangered in the Upper Midwest, Idaho and Montana but is still endangered in Wyoming.

Yellowstone National Park Topic of Friends
Local resident Lucinda Simonson was the guest speaker at the March 5th meeting of 'Friends of the Library' where she highlighted her working visits to Yellowstone National Park.

A tale of two towns
While the town struggles to find a cohesive face to present to visitors through beautification projects and sign ordinances, ultimately visitors will recall the businesses that operate in town at least as much as the appearance of the town.

Spring plowing to begin in Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE PARK — The winter season is drawing to a close here. Snowmobile and snowcoach travel on park roads will end by March 15 and crews will begin to clear them of snow so they can reopen to automobile travel in the spring.

National Park News 03/8/09 [Re: James Morrissey] #20892
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Everglades National Park News:
Florida Bay preservation proposals heed boaters' concerns
After the backlash over initial plans that would close large areas of Florida Bay to anglers, Everglades National Park issued new proposals.

South Florida scrambles for economic stimulus money
Mass transit. Road repairs. Research. South Florida has plenty to spend it on.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park News:
EVER GREEN: Smokies tags save trees
Have you seen those black bear license plates that raise money for Friends of the Smokies? Here's how they help keep the Great Smoky Mountains National Park beautiful.

Park service gets OK to build new Smokies center in N.C.
GATLINBURG, Tenn. - The National Park Service has been cleared to build a new visitor center on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Misc. National Park News:
Captive condors released just south of Utah border
Endangered » The four birds are graduates of a breeding program meant to preserve their rare species.
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Ariz. » Freedom takes some getting used to. Or at least it did for four California condors hatched and raised in captivity and set loose in the wild Saturday in an event that drew 200 spectators.

'Brushing' the backcountry with Wilderness Volunteers
A what? A Pulaski? I'm told to grab this beast of a two-sided tool, half ax and half mattock, and "brush" a trail high in Montana's Mission Mountains. I pick one from a heap of handles and stumble off along Fatty Creek with 10 people I've just met.

Ranger had to work variety of odd jobs to get where she is
She was born to be a park ranger. That's what her mother always told her. But even though she'd heard it from others all her life, Larimer County Senior Ranger Cindy Claggett wasn't so sure.

Yosemite National Park News:
Yosemite officials seek $137M to retrofit landmark
Ahwahnee Hotel generates millions for park, nearby towns

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Glacier National Park News:
Park officials taking comment on fish removal
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - The proposed removal of lake trout from Quartz Lake in Glacier National Park will be examined in an environmental assessment.

Misc. National Parks News:
County: Make Washington Crossing a national park
If the Bucks County Commissioners have their way, problems surrounding the Washington Crossing Historic Park visitors center will be solved with help from the federal government.

NPS unveils park plan for Coldwater Spring to mixed reviews
The National Park Service (NPS) received public comments on three alternative plans to redevelop the 27-acre Bureau of Mines Twin Cities Research Center and historic Coldwater Spring site into a Mississippi river-related park during a 4 l/2-hour open house Feb. 23. The plans drew praise from a few, but vocal criticism from Native American officials.

Outside the US/Canadian Parks System News:
Asiatic Black Bears Give Birth at Jiri National Park
Two Asiatic black bears have been spotted with recently born cubs at Jiri National Park, about a four-hour drive south of Seoul.

It may be too late for some species in the National Park
The signal from the courts, both the High Court and the Supreme Court, is clear - an encroachment-free Sanjay Gandhi National Park. But many feel
the slums and illegal settlements in and around the park have already caused irreversible damage to the flora and fauna in the park, which is the last hope for many species. The actual area affected is much larger than the encroached portion, experts say. For instance, there has been great reduction in the number of panthers.

Riding Mountain National Park News:
Stories in the Snow – Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
riving west from Winnipeg, Manitoba the landscape stretches to the horizon as a vast white ocean of endless prairie. My husband Jack and I are heading towards Riding Mountain National Park and are, quite frankly, wondering how there could possibly be a mountain anywhere in the vicinity.

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Everglades National Park News:
Omnibus Money for Unnecessary Bridge?
This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," March 6, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

Glacier National Park News:
Tools That Leave Wildlife Unbothered Widen Research Horizons
You may remember Senator John McCain’s criticism of a study of grizzly bear DNA as wasteful spending. And you may have wondered how the scientists got the DNA from the grizzlies.

Park officials taking comment on fish removal
WEST GLACIER - The proposed removal of lake trout from Quartz Lake in Glacier National Park will be examined in an environmental assessment.

Grand Canyon National Park News:
It's Grand Canyon time
Grand Canyon time never changes. With the arrival of Daylight Savings Time, visitors to Grand Canyon National Park from outside of Arizona sometimes have trouble knowing what time it is. It is a little confusing since most of Arizona is on Mountain Standard Time year-round and does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Repaving on Newfound Gap Road to start March 16
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – An 18-month-long project to repave 6.5 miles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Newfound Gap Road is set to begin March 16, according to park officials.

Outside the US/Canadian Parks System:
Aspen man killed in climbing accident in Patagonia
Travis Lizotte remembered as passionate for the outdoors and compassionate to others
ASPEN — An Aspen man who loved sharing his passion for the outdoors died Sunday in a climbing accident while helping lead an Outward Bound expedition on a peak in Argentina.

Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Creating a hiking list
Spring is almost here, it's time to create a list of hikes you want to do. They can be hikes for this year or hikes for "someday."

Shenandoa National Park News:
Rumors abound, as facts surrounding park shooting remain sparse
While the federal government may rush to judgment on such things as presidential assassinations, wars against former Middle Eastern allies, or trillion dollar bailouts of the financial sector most responsible for our current economic predicament, never let it be said the Federal Bureau of Investigation jumped to conclusions about the identity of a man gunned down on federal park property within an eighth of a mile of Skyline Drive’s intersection with Route 340 at Front Royal, Virginia, around noon on Sunday, March 8.

Saving History: Ken Burns and Shenandoah National Park
Legendary film maker Ken Burns has brought the greatest American stories to life on public broadcasting stations for more than 25 years. This fall, he shares the story of the national parks.

Yellowstone National Park News:
Montana State team finds Yellowstone alga that detoxifies arsenic
Arsenic may be tough, but scientists have found a Yellowstone National Park alga that's tougher.

Yellowstone advance reservations down, but it could be worse
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – Visits to Yellowstone National Park this summer could be down from last year, but the park’s concessionaire hopes an “11th-hour” spurt will help fill park hotels.

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