Death Valley National Park News:
Wildflowers bloom in Death Valley and Sierra
Spring show turns desert and mountains into forests of flowers.
Bumping along on a dirt road, aptly named "Movie Road", our family van passed the fantastic forms of the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, California.
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/red-valley-see-2351903-desert-park

Steve Kossack's Death Valley Workshop - April 18-22 - Just a friendly reminder that Steve's workshop is coming up. He is giving 25% off to all NWP members. I know it is getting late, but it looks like it is going to be absolutely beautiful.
http://stevekossack.com/workshops/Death_Valley_09.htm

Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Where To Look For Spring Wildflowers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Smoky Mountains are home to more than 1,600 species of flowering plants. During each month of the year, some forb, tree or vine is blooming in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During the spring, wildflowers explode during the brief window just prior to trees leafing out and shading the forest floor (from about mid-April through mid-May).
http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/200...s-national-park

Dennis Coskren and the Rarest of the Rare Earths
The 2 millimeter field of view microphotograph at left is of coskrenite. It was discovered by and is named after the mineralogist pictured above it, Dennis Coskren.
http://mineralbliss.blogspot.com/2009/03/dennis-coskren-and-rarest-of-rare.html

Guadalupe Mountains National Park News: (Note, I stumbled upon this at Nature Photographers. A great site...and a park I had never heard of).
Guadalupe Mountains National Park (GMNP)in far west Texas is a landscape photographers dream. That might seem debatable to those who drive the interstate across the Permian Basin but if you can make it to the Guadalupes, you will find mountains, desert, sand dunes, salt flats, grasslands, canyons, alpine forest, and believe it or not, maples. This truly spectacular place is a hidden gem of a National Park for the camper, hiker, and photographer. Conditions are often challenging but if you can persevere, you will find this to be an amazing place with limitless photographic possibilities.
http://www.naturephotographers.net/articles0409/dh0409-1.html

Joshua Tree National Park News:
Effects of warming get Inland observers
The effects of climate change on public lands, from the decline of Joshua Tree National Park's signature trees to melting ice in Glacier National Park, are drawing congressional representatives to the desert this week.
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_S_climate05.4015ccb.html

Lake Clark National Park News:
Alaska's Mount Redoubt has another large eruption
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ó The Mount Redoubt volcano had another large eruption Saturday after being relatively quiet for nearly a week.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hcWJaxwgurm_TV9AVcObQBWbS25QD97C14S01

Mammoth Cave National Park News:
Ky. cavers asked to help protect bat
Federal officials are asking people in Kentucky and other states, including North Carolina, to stay out of caves where bats hibernate to try to stop the spread of a disease that's killing thousands of the flying mammals.
http://www.dailyadvance.com/news/state/ky-cavers-asked-to-help-protect-bat-529492.html

Misc. National Parks News:
Federal act to protect Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along Lake Superior, other public lands creates buzz
http://www.mlive.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2009/04/federal_act_to_protect_picture.html

The last word: The true nature of mourning (Note - Not really at all about the parks, but it uses the Parks as a back drop to discuss loss. It is an interesting article and well worth the read).
When her mother died, Slate.comís Meghan OíRourke heard from plenty of friends who tried to say the right thing. But only by wandering outdoors alone did she find the solace she needed.
http://www.theweek.com/article/index/95085/The_last_word_The_true_nature_of_mourning

Outside the US/Canadian Parks System:
Here kitty
A thrilling hunt for big cats in the tranquil jungles of Zambia.
http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/here-kitty/353978/

Yellowstone National Park News:
Flowers at Yellowstone National Park Topic of Garden Club Talk
For the past three years Loucinda Simonson has spent her summers working at and investigating the property at the national park.
http://www.fosterfollynews.com/news/2009April1ChipleyGardenClub.php

Yosemite National Park News:
Stanford student sets out to retrace John Muir's walk to Yosemite
With warmer weather approaching, thousands of Californians will gas up their cars and make the trip to Yosemite National Park.
http://www.mercurynews.com/livechats/ci_12074370

Yosemite Park besieged by concerned guests
A mass e-mail warning of reservation problems at Yosemite National Park left the U.S. park besieged with telephone calls, an official says.
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/04/02/Y...48121238691766/