Misc. Parks News:
Concealed guns rule at parks takes effect
A rule that allows people to carry loaded, concealed firearms in national parks and national wildlife refuges went into effect Friday, raising more alarms from groups who say the Bush administration regulation is bad for resources and visitors.

Flight 93 Families Reach Out to Bush
Frustrated by years of negotiations over a parcel of land deemed critical for the proposed Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., a group representing the victims’ families has asked President Bush to issue an executive order allowing the Interior Department simply to take it.

Soldier's Remains Found at Antietam
A piece of history has been unearthed at Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County -- the remains of a soldier who died in that Civil War battle, almost 150 years ago.

Will John Donahue get the call to take over National Park Service?
Barack Obama's people have not called yet.
John Donahue, superintendent of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, is being pitched as a person the president-elect should appoint in his new administration.

UND faculty publishes national park study, Don't harass wildlife with snowmobiles etc.
A UND assistant professor says the National Park Service needs to do a better job of educating the public about how to stay out of trouble in the parks.

Mount Rainier NP:
Paradise access closed because of park-road storm damage
There will be no access to the popular Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park this weekend because of storm damage to a main park road.

Point Reyes National Seashore:
Oyster farm urged to sell and relocate
Controversy that has been simmering for two years over the operation of an oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore reached a boil in recent weeks.