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January 2011 National Park News #33190
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Bryce Canyon National Park News:
Bryce Canyon National Park a special treat in winter (Note: Not news, but an interest piece)
Winter works magic in Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. Snow frosts each of the weirdly eroded, wildly colored spires called "hoodoos," setting each apart from its sparkling neighbors. No other time of year creates such contrasts.
http://www.lvrj.com/living/bryce-canyon-...44.html?ref=444
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Denali National Park News:
Record warmth in Interior Alaska; roads slippery
An unexpectedly strong chinook blew into Interior Alaska on Saturday, bringing record warm temperatures and slick roads.
http://newsminer.com/bookmark/10848256-R...tions-hazardous
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Glacier National Park News:
Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Aquatic Insect at Glacier National Park
A small aquatic insect found only in five streams on the eastern flanks of Glacier National Park is facing extinction from climate change and should be given protection under the Endangered Species Act, according to two groups.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...tional-park7411

Billings wildlife photographer courts backcountry adventure, danger (Note, not really news, but a interest piece)
As daylight began to fade in the Beartooth Mountains, Ted Chase, a Billings wildlife photographer, spotted gray owls in a familiar stretch of backcountry.
http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/article_8658fe0b-b118-5276-bc4b-2a503603b851.html
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Lassen Volcanic National Park News:
Snowshoe in a winter wonderland at Lassen Volcanic National Park
On a wintry evening outside Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California, I snowshoed alone on a snow-packed trail lit by a round, plump moon. The stars overhead sparkled like glitter on a black velvet cloth. I had no destination except to go deep into the darkness, relying on the sky to illuminate my path and my snowshoes to keep the course.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2013798125_trlassensnowshoe02.html
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Mount Rainier National Park News:
From Rainier roads to Elwha dams, major developments are on the agenda for the new year We are only two days into 2011 and already it's clear that outdoor lovers are going to have plenty to talk about this year while they're hitting the slopes, trails and waterways around the South Sound. Here are some of the events and happenings we think will have the outdoor community buzzing.
http://www.theolympian.com/2011/01/02/1492077/outdoor-issues-for-2011.html#ixzz19zLyrgVI
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Outside the US/Canadian Park System:
Tourists rescued from NT crocodile creek
FOUR tourists travelling to an area made famous in the film Crocodile Dundee, were rescued from the roof of their vehicle after it became stuck in crocodile infested waters in Kakadu National Park.
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/tou...1#ixzz19zM9slt0
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Yosemite National Park News:
Highway 140 into Yosemite National Park Reopens After Rockfall
Highway 140/El Portal Road leading into Yosemite National Park has reopened after a large rock fell onto the roadway. The large rock fell onto the roadway yesterday, December 30, blocking traffic from entering or exiting the park via Highway 140. The rock was estimated to be approximately 10-15 feet high, six feet wide, and four feet deep.
http://yubanet.com/regional/Highway-140-into-Yosemite-National-Park-Reopens-After-Rockfall.php

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park News:
GridSmart Manages Traffic Congestion from 13 Million Tourists
Aldis, a leader in next-generation vehicle detection and traffic management systems, announced today that its GridSmart solution is helping to manage traffic congestion along a busy corridor in Sevierville, Tennessee. The City of Sevierville is known as the Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain Tourism Area which includes Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. One of the top tourism destinations in the United States, the area boasts more than 13 million visitors annually.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/...-112858699.html

Smokies plate raises $356K
One of the most popular specialty license plates in North Carolina raised big bucks in 2010 for Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20110104/NEWS/301040036/1009
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Lease For Airport Inside Grand Teton National Park Extended
A 20-year lease extension has been granted for the Jackson Hole Airport, which lies within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...rk-extended7412

On the trail of bison in Yellowstone National Park
In winter, all is quiet in the world's oldest national park, even at the new visitor centre beside the famous Old Faithful geyser. The few tourists present at Yellowstone National Park enjoy America's white wilderness almost alone apart from the herds of native bison - and it's a wonderful sensation.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/lifest...e-National-Park

Re: Wed 1/5/2011 National Park News [Re: James Morrissey] #33192
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Death Valley National Park News:
New Death Valley National Park Concessioners Head Back to the Future to Honor their Family Legacy
Death Valley National Park, CA – Ortega Family Enterprises, a small, fast growing independent company specializing in green-friendly revamping of legendary National Park Concessions, rings in the coming year by gently overhauling the beautiful historic concession of Stovepipe Wells Village in Death Valley, CA., as Death Valley Lodging Company. The original Death Valley hotel, Stovepipe Wells Village, located in the heart of Death Valley, will open under the new concessioners on January 13th,2011.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/01/prweb4943014.htm
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Grand Canyon National Park News:
Arizona Fires, Floods, Earthquakes, and a Grand Canyon Time line
The Arizona Geological Survey has just released its winter edition of Arizona Geology magazine which is available for free download here. Each story is well-documented with photos and videos.
http://tucsoncitizen.com/wryheat/2011/01...nyon-time-line/

Grand Canyon National Park hiking trail conditions after heavy snow
Recent storms that brought flooding to Las Vegas have left about eight inches of heavy snow on Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim. Some sort of traction device is recommended for hikers, as trail conditions get more icy as time passes. For example, while the trail may not be icy when a hiker enters the Grand Canyon, a couple days while hiking out, trail conditions could be very different.
http://www.examiner.com/grand-canyon-hik...fter-heavy-snow
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Misc. National Park News:
What Are The Top Issues Confronting The National Park System?
What are the top issues confronting the National Park System? A slew of answers could be tacked onto that question, ranging from sprawl outside park boundaries and habitat fragmentation to pollution.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...park-system7425
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Park deal faces fight
Casper legislator looks to nix sale of state land near base of Tetons.
A state senator from Natrona County will oppose the sale of state school property in Grand Teton National Park to the U.S. Department of the Interior.
http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/article.php?art_id=6851

State considers relocating bison to wildlife management areas
Relocating quarantined bison from Yellowstone National Park to other areas of Montana — including state-owned land in northcentral Montana — would be studied under a plan by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article...anagement+areas
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Everglades National Park News:
Everglades restoration boosted by $7 million in ARRA funds
The Department of the Interior annouced today that the National Park Service has been awarded $7 million dollars of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds to implement the Cape Sable dam project, a restoration effort that will replace the dams, saving precious habitat by keeping more water in the living sponge like reservoir system that is the Everglades.
http://www.examiner.com/green-living-in-...lion-arra-funds
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Misc. National Park News:
Fee-free dates to visit national parks announced
Want to visit a National Park this year but don't want to pay the entrance fees? Then plan to visit on any one of 17 days in 2011.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/05/AR2011010506231.html

Television producer makes career switch to ranger
Bonnie Phillips didn’t want to have any regrets when she left her job as a KFMB News 8 executive producer for a park ranger position at Cabrillo National Monument.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/05/leaving-television-become-ranger/
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Outside the US/Canadian Park System:
Nosing into the emerging national parks of China's Yunnan province
They're as yet largely undeveloped and typically toured by bus, but that doesn't stop one determined hiker.
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-chinaparks-20110109,1,7333012.story
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Animals 101: How to see Boulder County's winter wildlife
After reading Monday's story about the critter cams around Boulder County, you might be inspired to seek out your own wildlife experience.
Let's recap: A Colorado State University doctoral student set up motion-activated cameras west of town as part of a bobcat study. His cameras have captured all kinds of critters, from bobcats to bears to bighorn sheep.
http://www.coloradodaily.com/cu-boulder/ci_17010657#ixzz1AHqJ0cHPColoradodaily.com
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Yellowstone National Park Moving Into Next Phase of Building Bison Tolerance In Montana
In the grand scheme of wildlife management, 25 Yellowstone National Park bison are not that big of a deal, not when the park's herds are pushing 4,000 animals.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...nce-montana7432

Lack of food drives human-grizzly conflicts—and human-grizzly fatalities
As their traditional food supply disappears because of climate change and invasive species, Yellowstone National Park's grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis ) are increasingly seeking sustenance outside their protected home—a move which more than ever puts them in the crosshairs.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=lack-of-food-drives-human-grizzly-c-2011-01-04

What Good Are Wolves?
A growing body of scientific research shows wolves are key to the ecosystems of the Northern Rockies. Here's a condensed version compiled by a long-time wolf advocate.
http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/what_good_are_wolves/C37/L37/

FWP wants to study relocating Yellowstone bison to Beartooth, Marias wildlife areas
Relocating disease-free bison from Yellowstone National Park to sites in northcentral Montana, where the animals were once king of the prairie, would be studied under a plan announced Tuesday by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article...llowstone-bison
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Monday January 10, 2011 National Park News [Re: James Morrissey] #33194
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Everglades National Park News:
A Snake Invasion? Debating the Risks
In Sunday’s paper, I write about the controversy over the federal government’s move to ban imports of nine species of snake and their transport across state lines. Its decision was based largely on a risk assessment by two government scientists of the impact those snakes could have on native ecosystems.
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/0...rss&emc=rss
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
More snowfall predicted
Beginning tonight and lasting through Monday evening, Blount County is under a winter storm watch, forecasters said.
http://new.thedailytimes.com/Local_News/story/More_snowfall_predicted_id_006636
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Misc. National Park News:
Park service waives fees on 17 days
The National Park Service has said it will waive admission fees on 17 dates in 2011.
The National Park Service has said it will waive admission fees on 17 dates in 2011.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/01/09/1494998/park-service-waives-fees-on-17.html#ixzz1AfCTN17g
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Yellowstone Bison Corralled For Release Outside Park
A plan to expand the range of Yellowstone National Park's buffalo herd comes under fire. Could the roaming bison spread disease to cattle outside park boundaries?
Wildlife officials corralled 23 bison near Gardiner, Mont. this week as part of a goal to allow bison to roam outside Yellowstone National Park boundaries. Officials want to collect at least 60 buffalo, test them for brucellosis and select 25 healthy animals to be released onto loaned land outside Yellowstone, park spokesman Al Nash said.
http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/yellowstone_bison_corralled_amid_disease_concerns/C41/L41/

Yellowstone Breaks Visitor Attendance Record
Good news for the region, Yellowstone National Park has once again broken its yearly attendance record.
http://www.kulr8.com/news/local/Yellowstone-Breaks-Visitor-Attendance-Record-113175559.html
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Tues 1/11/11 National Park News [Re: James Morrissey] #33195
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Big Bend National Park News:
Unmanned border crossing to re-open in Texas' Big Bend National Park
A U.S.-Mexico border crossing in Texas' Big Bend National Park that was once popular among U.S. tourists and Mexican shoppers will re-open in April 2012.
http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/...l-park/137926/1
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Grand Canyon National Park News:
Colorado River Claims Oregon Kayaker in Grand Canyon National Park
Scott Foster, 42 of Bend, Oregon has been identified as the kayaker who died Monday on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.
http://www.kcsg.com/view/full_story/1096...e_first_stories

Grand Canyon Opens Improved Mather Point, Visitor Center Plaza Areas
Phase II of the improvements called for in the Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim Visitor Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment (Transportation Plan) are now substantially complete; and Mather Point and the Visitor Center plaza areas have reopened for public use.
http://www.oldwestnewwest.com/2011011047...laza-areas.html
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Winter pile burning operations at Rocky Mountain National Park announced
Fire managers at Rocky Mountain National Park plan to take advantage of winter weather conditions to burn piles of slash from several forest thinning and hazard tree mitigation projects.
http://www.coloradoan.com/article/201101...+Park+announced

2010 among busiest years at Rocky Mountain National Park
The number of visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park in December was up more than 37 percent in December, putting the park above the 3 million visitor mark for 2010.
http://www.coloradoan.com/article/201101...n+National+Park
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Thurs 1/13/11 National Park News [Re: James Morrissey] #33196
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Death Valley National Park News:
34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive!
It's a tale that has all the trappings of a cult 1960s sci-fi movie: Scientists bring back ancient salt crystals, dug up from deep below Death Valley for climate research. The sparkling crystals are carefully packed away until, years later, a young, unknown researcher takes a second look at the 34,000-year-old crystals and discovers, trapped inside, something strange. Something ... alive.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20110113/sc_livescience/34000yearoldorganismsfoundburiedalive
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Grant Will Help Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Collect Oral Histories
One of the more interesting national park interpretive programs I've run across down through the years was a collection of oral histories that could be listened to in some homestead cabins in the Cataloochee area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...l-histories7459
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Haleakala National Park News:
Weather closes parts of Haleakala National Park
Hazardous weather conditions Wednesday forced officials to close access to parts of Haleakala National Park on Maui until further notice.
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=13834790
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Misc. National Park News:
Conservation biology: The end of the wild
Imagine Montana's Glacier National Park without glaciers; California's Joshua Tree National Park with no Joshua trees; or the state's Sequoia National Park with no sequoias. In 50 years' time, climate change will have altered some US parks so profoundly that their very names will be anachronisms.
http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110112/full/469150a.html
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Man falls 900 feet in national park, taken to hospital
A 55-year-old Chicago man who took a 900-foot tumbling fall while skiing this afternoon is undergoing treatment tonight at Medical Center of the Rockies, a park spokesman said.
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_17079662

National park rangers rescue backcountry skier
Rangers in Rocky Mountain National Park have rescued a 55-year-old Chicago man who tumbled about 900 feet down a mountain while backcountry skiing.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-co-parkrescue-colora,0,7601267.story
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Famous Yellowstone elk herd suffers decline
An acclaimed elk herd in Yellowstone National Park took a major hit last year, with biologists saying almost one in four of the animals were lost, mainly to predators and hunters.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/12/AR2011011205555.html

Yellowstone-Area Wolf Was Poisoned: FWS
A female gray wolf from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's Mill Creek Pack was poisoned in 2009 with a banned substance, Compound 1080, when she wandered into Colorado back in 2009, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating.
http://www.yellowstoneinsider.com/20110113715/news/articles/yellowstone-wolf-was-poisoned-fws.php
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Fri 1/14/11 National Park News [Re: James Morrissey] #33197
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Acadia National Park News:
Registration Now Open For Acadia Birding Festival In and Around Acadia National Park
If you're still looking for something fun to do this summer, consider registering to attend the 13th Annual Acadia Birding Festival that will be staged in and around Acadia National Park in June.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...tional-park7460
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Glacier National Park News:
Snowshoeing Montana: An Excuse to Explore Privileged Places
If we can do it, anyone can.
Because we had snowshoes, we found ourselves walking Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park on Christmas Day. Now, did we need snowshoes to walk the unplowed but not un-walked-upon road? Probably not. Yak Trax would have sufficed, but having new snowshoes gave us the incentive to get out there.
http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/sno...places/C41/L41/
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Spreading salt is safer for drivers, but what about the environment?
TDOT and local governments have spread a lot of salt on area roads the last week to keep them safe from traffic, but what does it mean for the environment?
http://www.wbir.com/news/article/152254/...the-environment
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
FWP Commission supports studying bison relocation
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission endorsed a plan Thursday to study the suitability of sites south, west and east of Great Falls for relocating wild bison from Yellowstone National Park.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20110114/NEWS01/101140318

Yellowstone elk numbers drop suddenly
The Yellowstone National Park elk herd, the most observed and photographed elk in the country, declined by an astonishing 24 percent in December.
http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2011/jan/14/yellowstone-elk-numbers-drop-suddenly/

National Park Service honors Yellowstone concessioner with environmental award
Jonathan Jarvis, the Director of the National Park Service, has called climate change the greatest threat our national parks have ever faced. “Climate change challenges the very foundation of the national park system and our ability to leave America's natural and cultural heritage unimpaired for future generations.”
http://www.examiner.com/yellowstone-eco-...1#ixzz1B3IR9s20

Teton December visits jump by 37 percent
Grand Teton National Park recreation visits rose 37 percent for December compared to the same month in 2009, pushing the park’s total visitation past 4 million for the year.
http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/article.php?art_id=6883

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Acadia National Park News:
The Gate Lodges Of Acadia National Park: Rockefeller's Little Castles
Photographer and writer Steve Perrin was working in the planning office at Acadia when he lived at Brown Mountain gate house (or “gate lodge” as it’s officially called) during the winter of 1995–1996, “a true Maine winter, very cold with lots of snow.” Like other park employees before and after, Perrin was housed in a magnificent piece of history, employee housing whose great beauty belies its commonplace purpose.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...tle-castles7465
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Death Valley National Park News:
Death Valley: Star-gazing party at national park starts Jan. 28
The stars will be gathering for a big party later this month, but revelers will need to travel nearly 300 miles from Hollywood to take part.
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/17/news/la-trb-star-party-death-valley-20110113
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Everglades National Park News:
Sunday exclusive: Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge could benefit Southwest Florida
A proposed national wildlife refuge north of Lake Okeechobee would have a positive impact on Southwest Florida.
http://www.news-press.com/article/201101...uthwest-Florida
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Grand Canyon National Park News:
Do mule riders belong in the Grand Canyon? (Editorial and personal interest)
As a 16-year-old flatlander from Illinois peering over the canyon's South Rim, North marveled at the mules picking their way down the 10.5-mile-long Bright Angel Trail and vowed that one day she'd be in the saddle, too.
http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/...anyon-/138755/1
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Mount Rainier National Park News:
Road to Paradise at Mount Rainier closed
The road to Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park was closed Sunday due to avalanche, landslide and flooding danger, a park ranger reported.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/th...ier_closed.html
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Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Cameron Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park under avalanche warning
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche warning for the Cameron Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park and Steamboat areas until noon Tuesday.
http://www.coloradoan.com/article/201101...ning+</b>
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Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Teton December visits jump by 37 percent
Grand Teton National Park recreation visits rose 37 percent for December compared to the same month in 2009.
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-an...1cc4c002e0.html

Record Visitation in Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park has had record visitation in three of the last four years since 2011, but did that translate into banner years for gateway businesses?
http://www.kulr8.com/news/local/Record-Visitation-in-Yellowstone-113852784.html

Whitebark Pine Die-off Leaves Grizzly Bears Hungry (Editorial)
The whitebark pine trees in the Northern Rockies region are dying from beetle infestations and blister rust. Along with this, many wildlife species, ranging from grizzly bears to birds, are going hungry.
http://animals.change.org/blog/view/whitebark_pine_die-off_leaves_grizzly_bears_hungry

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Denali National Park News:
National Park Service holding meeting for feedback on Denali mountaineering program
http://newsminer.com/bookmark/11068750-N...neering-program
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Haleakala National Park News:
Snow, Ice Close Haleakala Park
Park May Reopen In Afternoon
Snowfall and icy road conditions prompted officials at Haleakala National Park to close Wednesday morning.
http://www.kitv.com/r/26543168/detail.html
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Misc. National Park News:
New Language Discovered: Prairiedogese (Note - This is not really National Park related at all, outside that there are indeed Prairie Dogs in the National Parks...and of course, this is completely fascinating).
If you learn a second language, there's usually a moment where things click — you overhear some snippet of conversation and suddenly, you just get it, effortlessly.
http://www.npr.org/2011/01/20/132650631/new-language-discovered-prairiedogese


Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
More human-grizzly bear conflicts in U.S. predicted
Conflicts between people and grizzlies in the Yellowstone National Park region are likely to rise this year as more bears try to recolonize areas now inhabited by people, wildlife managers said on Tuesday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70I0SV20110119

Yellowstone bison head toward public lands
Like they've done for many winters, horseback riders on Wednesday herded a string of wild bison across a frozen, white landscape just outside of Yellowstone National Park.
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/article_d0a6eb36-2438-11e0-a68d-001cc4c03286.html
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Yoho National Park (Canada)
Avalanche risk cuts off town
Smack in the middle of Yoho National Park, the village of Field, B.C., usually enjoys a certain solitude, a small smattering of tourists and a few truckers just passing through on the Trans-Canada Highway. But that solitude has not been by choice since extreme weather hit last week, closing the Trans-Canada both ways and leaving about 40 tourists and truckers stranded.
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/Avalanche+risk+cuts+town/4129452/story.html#ixzz1BbV64F8c
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