Acadia National Park News:
Rare Bird Alert

Acadia closes carriage roads during spring thaw
In an annual rite of spring, Acadia National Park has closed its historic system of carriage roads until they thaw enough from the winter cold so they won't be damaged when they're used.

One of our top hikes was in Acadia National Park, Maine
One of our friends said that everyone should see the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of Maine. I have to agree with him. My slideshow is a tour but below is a review on one must do hike.

Denali National Park News:
Our view: Bullet line
Denali Park isn't the obstacle skeptics claim it is
The so-called "bullet" line from the Brooks Range foothills to Southcentral may or may not be the best way to replace our region's dwindling supply of affordable natural gas. But skeptics of the project have been using a dubious claim to discredit this potentially appealing option, which would follow the Parks Highway south from Fairbanks.

Everglades National Park News:
Panther tracking program still online
FORT MYERS: You may have read that budget cuts ended the Florida panther tracking program in some local newspapers. But we found out it isn't true. The program is still up and running.

Grand Canyon National Park News:
Construction will add more parking at Grand Canyon
Tourists at the Grand Canyon's South Rim should more readily spot the visitor center and find parking safer and more abundant with construction projects getting under way this month.

Voluntourism in the Everglades with Mandarin Oriental Miami
Though some guests may never want to leave the infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking Biscayne Bay, Mandarin Oriental Miami offers some excellent opportunities to venture farther afield in South Florida. Case in point: The hotel’s voluntourism program in the Florida Everglades, which allows guests to discover an important National Park (and World Heritage site), and do something good for the community while on vacay.

Navajos want to run river trips at Grand Canyon
The Navajo Nation is lobbying for one of its businessmen to run coveted river trips through the Grand Canyon.

Mount Rainier National Park News:
State's secret deal with coal plant sparks outcry
Gov. Chris Gregoire's administration and owners of the state's only coal-fired power plant have secretly agreed to new air-pollution limits for the facility, sparking objections from a federal official and environmentalists. The tentative deal governs how much toxic mercury and smog-causing nitrogen oxides can come from the Centralia plant.

Land trust lands big parcel near Mount Rainier National Park
The Nisqually Land Trust has acquired 720 acres of timberland north of Ashland, in eastern Pierce County, dramatically expanding a critical wildlife buffer zone near the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.

Nisqually Land Trust buys 720 acres near Mount Rainier
The Nisqually Land Trust has purchased a swath of forestland near the main entrance to Mount Rainier National Park for about $2.5 million to protect a wildlife corridor for endangered species.

Outside the US/Canadian Park System:
School praises students in bushwalk ordeal
A Victorian school has praised the actions of four students who became lost while bushwalking in Tasmania.

Teeny-tiny frog discovered in Peru
'Noble's Pygmy,' less than a half-inch long, is one of smallest in the world
A tiny, "midget" frog that can fit on the tip of a finger — and previously only known by its croaking — has finally been found by researchers.

Shenandoah National Park News:
Parkway gets $7.5M to fund repairs
Two federal earmarks totaling $7.5 million will help fund repairs and reinstate some visitor services on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Yellowstone National Park News:
Expect road work delays in Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Visitors to Yellowstone National Park this spring and summer can expect up to 30-minute delays while repairs are made to the Grand Loop Road. The road is scheduled to open for the year on April 17.

Yellowstone Park will use Michelin tires
Michelin has been named the official tire of the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Michelin North America Inc. will provide energy-saving tires to the park's vehicle fleet.