News Update

Death Valley
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — High atop Dante's View, overlooking sheets of salt flats and ribbons of sand dunes, night watcher Dan Duriscoe shone a laser beam at the North Star and steadied his digital camera at the starry heavens.

Everglades NP:
Mayor Hamilton awarded long-term contract to run Everglades boat tours
Boat tours in Everglades National Park are remaining in well-known hands.

Grand Teton NP:
Backcountry users warned
Because of the unusual snowpack this winter, the sheriff’s office is warning backcountry users that rescue workers may be significantly delayed or unable to respond to incidents in the mountains.

Great Smoky Mountains NP:
Stewardship focus of Great Smoky Mountains National Park's 75th anniversary
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating a major milestone in 2009. The park, established June 15, 1934, will mark its 75th anniversary with a yearlong celebration of the people who made it possible and an emphasis on the stewardship required to keep it viable for the next 75 years and beyond.

Misc. Parks News:
U.S. allows guns in national parks
The only place Jack Betz goes without his concealed handgun is his workplace.