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December National Park News #40074
12/02/13 07:31 PM
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Capitol Reef:
Capitol Reef National Park Reopens Hickman Bridge Trail
Capitol Reef National Park in Utah reopened the Hickman Bridge Trail on Nov. 27, 2013, but rangers are asking hikers to use caution when hiking through the area.
http://oldwestnewwest.com/20131202862/na...enu-id-234.html
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Denali:
Denali National Park Visitors Seeing Fewer Wolves Along Park Road, Possibly Due To Increased Hunting
A precipitous drop in wolf viewing opportunities for Denali National Park visitors is being attributed to increased hunting of the predators on lands next to the park, though Park Service personnel haven't publicly voiced that connection.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...ed-hunting24323
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Grand Canyon:
Clouds fill Grand Canyon in rare weather event
A spectacular once-in-a-decade weather event has occurred at the Grand Canyon twice in three days.
http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news...1202-2yksw.html
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Great Smoky Mountain:
Hikers invited for a half-day holiday hike in Sugarlands
Get in the holiday spirit with Friends of the Smokies’ final Classic Hike in 2013. Join renowned hiking author and guide, Danny Bernstein, December 17 on Old Sugarlands Trail for a short day-hike to Sugarlands Cemetery and last-minute holiday shopping trip at Sugarlands Visitors Center.
http://www.knoxvilledailysun.com/lifestyle/2013/december/sugarlands-hike.html
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Misc. NP News:
Plenty of great diversions with job at national park (beware, annoying information gathering questions)
For the past three summers, my husband and I have taken a five-month "trip" to Yellowstone National Park, where we have worked the front desk of the Old Faithful Inn. What a privilege it has been and a source of many photos, stories, friendships and memories....
http://www.news-gazette.com/living/2013-12-01/plenty-great-diversions-job-national-park.html
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Everglades:
Stranded whales in Everglades National Park photos
Wildlife workers will try again Thursday to lead 41 pilot whales out of dangerously shallow waters in Everglades National Park and back to the deep ocean waters where they belong.
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/12/stranded-whales-in-everglades-national-park-photos-97717.html

Rescue mission futile for whales stranded in Everglades National Park
Time is running out for dozens of pilot whales trapped in shallow water off a remote beach on the western edge of Everglades National Park.
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2013/dec/0.../#axzz2mjKrH1HZ
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Glacier:
Audubon Society presents Glacier Park presentation on December 11
“Glacier Park’s Harlequin Ducks in a Changing Climate” by Warren Hansen will be the next educational program of the Mission Mountain Audubon Society on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome.
http://www.charkoosta.com/2013/2013_12_05/Audubon-GNP_presentation.html
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Great Smoky Mountain:
Helping national parks recover losses
Great Smoky Mountains Association Board Chair William Hart recently wrote about the impact of the government shutdown on his association. They lost $550,000 during the 16-day shutdown and 45 employees were laid off. Many are familiar with the association’s stores in park visitor centers, but few realize that dollars spent provide funding for the park.
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/201...?nclick_check=1
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Misc. National Park News:
Interagency grizzly bear management team meets Dec. 10-11 in Missoula
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), the multi-agency committee responsible for grizzly bear recovery in the continental United States and adjacent Canadian Provinces will be holding their annual winter meeting in Missoula, Montana from December 10, 2013 – December 11, 2013.
http://www.yellowstonegate.com/2013/12/i...11-in-missoula/
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Rocky Mountain National Park:
Rocky Mountain National Park sees a drastic drop in post-flood visits
It's no secret that the devastating mid-September flood was going to have a serious impact on the tourism industry in Estes Park and nearby Rocky Mountain National Park.
http://www.eptrail.com/rocky-mountain-na...astic-drop-post
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Everglades:
Many Changes for Wildlife Faced by Everglades National Park
There seems to have a lot of changes for wildlife at the Everglades National Park. This eleven hundred square miles National Park was once teemed with life for thousands of years. The wetlands of this National Park comprises of saw-grass marsh with patches of mangrove forests and cypress swamp.
http://frenchtribune.com/teneur/1321024-many-changes-wildlife-faced-everglades-national-park

Whale Rescue Efforts End in Everglades
Wildlife officials say that after losing sight of a pod of whales that was stranded in the Everglades, they are ceasing rescue efforts.
http://www.theledger.com/article/2013120...d-in-Everglades

Beached whales update: Pilot whales have moved into deeper waters
When National Park Service volunteers Donna and John Buckley left a pod of 41 stranded whales Wednesday evening, their optimism was starting to wane.
http://www.10news.com/news/u-s-world/bea...waters-12072013
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Grand Canyon:
North Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park Has Limited Winter Access
While the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park isn't technically closed in winter, getting there can be difficult, especially now that the state highway leading to the rim is closed for the winter.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...ter-access24355
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Grand Teton National Park:
Grand Teton National Park Officials Studying Future Of Moose-Wilson Corridor
The Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park is a thin, two-lane ribbon running through a gorgeous part of the park. It's a particularly scenic way to enter the park, especially in fall when the vegetation is changing colors and the bears come to gorge themselves on ripe berries.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...n-corridor24354
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Great Smoky:
Smokies holds 38th annual Festival of Christmas Past celebration
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will hold its 38th annual Festival of Christmas Past celebration on Saturday.
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/b37b710e891c455eab00b397bbe9a93d/TN--Smokies-Christmas
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Denali:
Part of Denali open to snowmachines
The south side of Denali National Park and Preserve is open to snowmachines, the National Park Service announced Monday.
http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news...1a4bcf6878.html
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Everglades:
Eleven pilot whales from Everglades stranding found dead in Florida Keys
Eleven of the short-finned pilot whales that survived an original stranding a week ago along a remote beach in Everglades National Park swam more than 70 miles only to die just feet apart from each other on another remote beach in the lower Florida Keys.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/09/3808627/eleven-pilot-whales-from-everglades.html
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Great Smoky:
Smokies national park to get acting superintendent
Great Smoky Mountains National Park comprises 521,000 acres in North Carolina and Tennessee and gets twice as many visitors as the next most popular park, the Grand Canyon.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/09/great-smoky-mountains-national-park/3924159/
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Misc. National Park News:
Endangered status of grizzlies on the line
A conference of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee this week will determine the political status of Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears.
http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/envir...2027d3fce6.html

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing Winter In Our National Parks
Visiting typically cold and snowy winter parks means capturing a clean, icy beauty with clarity of resolution in your landscape photography. A trip to warmer national parks such as Biscayne or Death Valley won’t yield any “icy beauty” but there will be a kaleidoscope of color ranging from deeply-saturated green vegetation to sugar-white sand beaches and clear blue saltwater to sinuous light-golden sand dunes towering overhead.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...onal-parks24362
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Rocky Mountain:
Deep freeze in Colorado can't stop beetle threat (BEWARE ANNOYING AD)
Experts say Colorado's plunge into a deep freeze is too little and too late to disrupt the population of the destructive pine beetle.
http://gazette.com/deep-freeze-in-colorado-cant-stop-beetle-threat/article/1510706
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Yellowstone:
NPS extends public comment period on utility plan
The National Park Service has given the public more time to comment on a plan to improve the electrical power distribution system in Yellowstone National Park.
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/wyoming/article_b9eb1b3c-606d-11e3-9643-001a4bcf6878.html
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Everglades:
Scientists asks public to help find missing whales off Florida coast
Twenty-nine pilot whales that were part of a pod that was stranded off the Florida coast are still missing, and scientists are asking the public for help in finding them.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/09/us/florida-missing-whales/

29 Pilot Whales Stranded off the Florida Coast are Still Missing
As many as 29 pilot whales are still missing and scientists are requesting public to assist them in finding those whales.
http://austriantribune.com/informationen...e-still-missing
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Grand Canyon:
Grand Canyon releases plan to aid native fish
The Colorado River, with its once warm and muddy waters, used to be home to eight native fish species. The creation of Glen Canyon Dam near the Arizona-Utah border helped change that, making the environment less than ideal for spawning.
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/science/ar...ish-5052244.php

Grand Canyon NP North Rim closed for the season
The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is now closed to vehicle traffic for the season. Arizona State Route 67, leading to the North Rim closed on Dec. 2. State Route 67 and all services on the North Rim are expected to re-open for the 2014 season on May 15, 2014.
http://www.cvbugle.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=40717

National Park Service finds ‘no significant impact’ for Glen Canyon, Grand Canyon Comprehensive Fisheries Management Plan
The National Park Service has released a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Comprehensive Fisheries Management Plan for the Glen Canyon reach of the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and for all waters within Grand Canyon National Park.
http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive...anagement-plan/
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Rocky Mountain:
Estes Park awarded $94K grant for flood restoration work
The Town of Estes Park has been awarded a $94,000 grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board for master planning for the restoration of Fall River from Rocky Mountain National Park border to the confluence with the Big Thompson River.
http://www.eptrail.com/estes-park-news/c...estoration-work
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Shenandoah:
Delegate urges for state takeover of Shenandoah National Park
When the government shutdown closed the 59 national parks across the U.S. in October, leaf-peeping tourists were locked out of the Shenandoah National Park and businesses in neighboring communities suffered a devastating loss.
http://www.nvdaily.com/news/2013/12/dele...tional-park.php
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Yellowstone:
Yellowstone supervolcano 'even more colossal'
The supervolcano that lies beneath Yellowstone National Park in the US is far larger than was previously thought, scientists report.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25312674
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Everglades:
Budget Problems Prevent Everglades National Park From Opening Chekika Day-Use Area
A popular day-use area in Everglades National Park that was scheduled to open this month will not due to budget shortfalls, according to park officials.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...y-use-area24378

Why Are Pilot Whales Dying in the Florida Keys? (Note: VIDEO)
At least 22 are dead and 29 are still missing on the edge of Everglades National Park.
http://www.slate.com/articles/video/vide...ed_pod_off.html
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Yellowstone:
Yellowstone opens for winter season on Sunday
With a chance of more snow falling through the rest of the week, Yellowstone National Park will open to the public for the winter season at 7 a.m. Sunday.
http://trib.com/lifestyles/recreation/ye...051a1de239.html

Yellowstone supervolcano eruption 'would affect the world'
Scientists are reporting that the supervolcano lying beneath Yellowstone National Park in the US is far bigger than was previously thought, stretching for more than 90km (55 miles).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25331875

New Report On Yellowstone Finds Park Has A Fever And The Only Prescription Is Less Carbon Pollution
Yellowstone has seen many changes over its nearly 150 years as a park, from the extirpation of wolves in the mid 1990′s and their later successful reintroduction, to the epic fire season of 1988, which left more than one-third of the massive park blackened and scorched.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/12/11/3050971/yellowstone-threatened-climate-change/
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Denali:
Alaska hunters sentenced for illegal moose hunt in Denali National Park
Three southcentral Alaska hunters were each ordered to pay $15,000 restitution and a $2,500 fine this week for an illegal moose hunt inside Denali National Park and Preserve.
http://www.newsminer.com/features/outdoo...1a4bcf6878.html
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Grand Canyon:
Pipeline vital to Grand Canyon near a 'catastrophic failure'
"There was no work to do with no guests to serve and it was absolutely devastating to our community," said Clarenda Vail, co-owner of the Red Feather Lodge.
http://www.kpho.com/story/24235864/pipeline-vital-to-grand-canyon-near-a-catastrophic-failure
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Great Smoky:
Feds partially refund TN cash to reopen shutdown Smokies
The State of Tennessee and a couple of counties in East Tennessee have been refunded most of the cash they sent to the federal government to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains during the shutdown in October. Getting the rest of the money back will require an act of Congress.
http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/sev...mburse/4045283/
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Misc. National Park News:
Birding In The National Parks: What Are 'Important Bird Areas'?
As reported here Sunday, the National Audubon Society designated areas around Canyonlands National Park a Globally Important Bird Area (IBA). Parts of more than 15 other national parks are included in the Global IBA system.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...bird-areas24405

Aztec Ruins receives grant to help promote its World Heritage ranking
This fall, Aztec Ruins National Monument received an $8,000 grant to better market its stature as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
http://www.daily-times.com/four_corners-...omote-its-world
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Yellowstone:
Yellowstone volcano would dwarf Mount St. Helens
The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is two-and-a-half times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park’s supervolcano has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times the size of Mount St. Helens, according to a new study.
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/lo...e28f4cc5f6.html
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Denali:
Freedom man fined $2,500 in accidental killing of grizzly bear near Grand Teton
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (http://bit.ly/18Rdm3W ) that Circuit Judge James Radda imposed the fine on Joe B. Conger on Monday.
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/db9bc6c1b86f4f7a83ccc5489dd9cd62/WY--Dead-Grizzly
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Everglades:
Stranded pilot whales show that animals indeed mourn
The pod of pilot whales that stranded in the shallow waters of Everglades National Park captured the concerned attention of people not only in Florida but also across the nation. We worried about the whales, of course, but there was also a sense of mystery and wonder driving our attention: Why wouldn't the whales that were still healthy enough leave their beached pod mates and return to safety in open waters?
http://www.keysnet.com/2013/12/18/493404/stranded-pilot-whales-show-that.html
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Rocky Mountain:
RMNP License Plate Petition Needs Your Support
The Rocky Mountain Nature Association (RMNA) has gathered 2,262 signatures on their petition to introduce a new Rocky Mountain National Park Group Special License Plate.
http://www.estesparknews.com/?p=11651
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Yellowstone:
Montana wolf season closed outside Yellowstone National Park after hunters kill 4
Montana's gray wolf season around the town of Gardiner ends 30 minutes after sunset Thursday after hunters filled a four-wolf quota in the area near Yellowstone National Park.
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/78fe74b06eff4c858366aa25e8a77a8b/MT--Wolf-Hunt

Yellowstone National Park winter season has begun
Yellowstone National Park opened to the public for the winter season as scheduled Dec. 15.
http://www.laureloutlook.com/news/article_8e8083b6-6805-11e3-b0a5-0019bb2963f4.html
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Big Bend National Park:
Dinosaur fossil exhibit proposed for Big Bend National Park in West Texas
The National Park Service is planning a new dinosaur fossil exhibit for Big Bend National Park in West Texas.
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/14a069a1419e4bb69847772ea59c0379/TX--Dinosaur-Fossils-Exhibit
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Everglades:
Crocodiles turning up in Broward, Palm Beach
Paddling down the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton, Russell Fields noticed what appeared to be a large palm leaf floating near shore.
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-12...-hord-alligator
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Glacier NP:
Want to work in Glacier? Now's the time to apply
Here at Glacier National Park, they’re getting started on the annual search for approximately 350 temporary employees who will primarily help the park operate during its busiest time of year.
http://missoulian.com/business/local/wan...1a4bcf887a.html

Montana’s Glaciers Reach Tipping Point
The celebrated alpine glaciers of Glacier National Park (GNP) are the first dominoes to fall in a series of extinctions expected to circle the globe. While it’s too late to save these famous American icefields (since existing climate change has already sealed their fate), glaciers overseas may benefit from the example of Montana.
http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/12/23/mother-nature/montanas-glaciers-reach-tipping-point/
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Misc. NP News:
Consider A Year-End Donation To Your Favorite National Park Friends Group
Trail improvements, interpretive programming, historic preservation, and even transportation are some of the projects tackled by national park friends groups year-in and year-out. With time running out in 2013, consider a year-end tax deductible donation to your favorite friends group to help them through 2014.
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/201...ends-group24414
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Yellowstone:
A LONG-TERM PLAN AT LAST AT YELLOWSTONE
Attraction's permanent winter-use policy promises stability for visitors, businesses
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20131221/NEWS01/312210010/A-LONG-TERM-PLAN-LAST-YELLOWSTONE

U. scientists mapping true size of Yellowstone's magma reservoir
The volcanic activity below Yellowstone Park is alive and well; and now it appears the upper magma reservoir underneath, which fires all the geyser attractions, is much bigger than scientists once believed.
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=28122230&nid=148
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