Denali NP:
Healy power plant sparks to life under new agreement
The state-owned Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority's board approved an agreement Jan. 14 to sell a mothballed 50-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Healy to Golden Valley Electric Association, the electric cooperative serving Interior Alaska.

Everglades NP:
Sea grass meadows being damaged in Florida Bay
Fishing guides and anglers can expect to face some boating restrictions to help protect damaged sea grass meadows in Florida Bay in Everglades National Park.

Kissimmee River rediscovers its origins
First the river was a river, long and meandering, with alligators and ducks and bass and bream. Then, in the name of efficiency and flood control, the river was turned into a canal, wide and deep and polluted, lacking much animal life except the vultures that floated above on the afternoon thermals, watching, always watching.

Grand Teton NP:
Flood prediction for Gros Ventre moderate
A Wyoming hydrologist has issued the first in a series of spring flood predictions, singling out the Gros Ventre River drainage as the only one in the region that has a moderate potential for flooding.

Great Smoky NP:
75th anniversary of Smokies
Important Dates in the park's founding

$5M gift from son of oil legend made national park possible
Count international financier John D. Rockefeller Jr. as a key figure in the drive to create the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Tremont program yields unique Smokies exhibit
An art teacher from Ohio had the rare opportunity to spend two months participating in an artist in residency program at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute of Tremont.

Misc. Parks News:
Bush legacy leaves uphill climb for U.S. parks, critics say
Reporting from Arches National Park, Utah -- Kate Cannon gazed across the high red desert to the snowy La Sal Mountains rising in sharp relief at the horizon. That view of uninterrupted nature is what draws nearly a million yearly visitors to this remote part of southeast Utah.,0,6965342.story

Warming Trends Alter Conservation
Experts Think Old Paradigm of Fixed Boundaries Will Not Work as Sea Levels Rise
At the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland's Eastern Shore, sea-level rise threatens to drown the brackish marsh on which migrating shorebirds depend.

Outside the US/Canadian Parks:
JA moves closer to having park listed among UNESCO sites
GOVERNMENT last Wednesday signed a nomination document to have the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park added to UNESCO's prestigious list of World Heritage Sites, bringing to a close four years of work by the park's managers - the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT).

Fire crews continue to battle NSW, Tas blazes
Fire crews in New South Wales and Tasmania will work through the night as they continue to battle blazes which began on Thursday during severe weather conditions.