Acadia National Park News:
Priest critical after fall in Maine park
An Episcopal priest from Connecticut who fell 15 feet while hiking in Acadia National Park remains in critical condition after being airlifted to a Bangor hospital.

Farmington Pastor Out Of Surgery After Maine Hiking Fall
The Rev. Jeffrey S. Dugan, pastor at St. James Episcopal Church, is recovering today from surgery after suffering a broken thigh bone Wednesday in a fall at Acadia National Park in Maine.,0,3938168.story

Grand Canyon National Park News:
Central Falls athletes, students learn life lessons on trip to Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon can make hikers out of athletes and athletes out of hikers. Just ask Don Blais.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
In the Land of Blue Smoke
75 Years On, Echoes of a National Park's Appalachian Past Can Still Be Heard
In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it's easy to get lost in the past. The nation's most-visited national park has nearly 80 historic buildings scattered throughout its 800 square miles, evidence that until the 1930s children attended school there while their parents coaxed corn from the hardscrabble soil of the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Misc. National Park News:
Obama Administration Agrees (Note- From the Brady Campaign, a partisan group)
To Halt Rule
Allowing Guns In National Parks
In response to lawsuits filed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and conservation groups, the Obama Administration today agreed to halt a rule implemented days before President Bush left office that allowed loaded, concealed guns in national parks and wildlife refuges. The Obama administration had initially defended the rule in court, before the Brady Campaign prevailed in its motion for a preliminary injunction of the rule.

Jr. Ranger program fosters ownership, appreciation
Interpretive Ranger Josh Boles takes his Junior Ranger program seriously. But at the same time he realizes it's all about having fun and experiencing everything Montezuma National Monument has to offer.

What the Omnibus Public Land Management Act does for you
Almost a century ago President, Teddy Roosevelt said, "I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us."

On Thin Ice
Seventy-five percent of the world's fresh water is stored in glaciers, but scientists predict climate change will cause some of the world's largest glaciers to completely melt by 2030. What effect will this have on our daily lives? With global warming falling low on a national list of American concerns, it's time to take a deeper look at what could be a global calamity in the making.

Outside the US/Canadian Park System:
Hoteliers oppose invasion of Tsavo National Park by herders
Tourism industry stakeholders are opposed to invasion of the Tsavo National Park by livestock herders.

Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Rocky Mountain National Park roads closed
Rocky Mountain National Park closed the roads on the east side of the park at the Beaver Meadows Entrance and the Fall River Entrance Friday evening as snow was falling too heavily for park snowplow operators to make progress. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said that between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. an additional 12 inches of snow fell at Bear Lake, making a total of 34 inches.

Spring snow shuts down 80-mile stretch of I-70
Wet heavy snow in the mountains and several accidents on Interstate 70 have forced transportation officials to shut down an 80-mile stretch of the state's main east-west highway between Vail and Golden.

Shenandoah National Park News:
Shenandoah National Park features Junior Ranger Day, Wildflower Weekend events
Shenandoah National Park has special activities planned for National Junior Ranger Day on April 25. The program is designed to help children and families connect with parks in ways that engage them with the theme, “Explore, Learn, Protect: Be a Junior Ranger.”

Yellowstone National Park News:
Wyoming group considers brucellosis hot-zone
A Wyoming group that works to control the animal disease brucellosis has mixed opinions about a federal plan to declare the nation brucellosis free except for the greater Yellowstone area.

Wyoming brucellosis group examines federal proposal
'Elimination zone' around Yellowstone area receives mixed reviews
Members of the Wyoming Brucellosis Coordination Team and others met Thursday to discuss a federal proposal to declare most of the nation outside the greater Yellowstone area "brucellosis free." The group also reviewed a plan to move bison from Yellowstone National Park to a Wyoming Indian reservation.

Yellowstone sees bookings falling
Fewer tourists compared with last year have booked advance reservations to visit the greater Yellowstone region this summer, but industry leaders hope low gas prices will lure people to drive to national parks and other attractions in Montana and Wyoming.

Some Yellowstone roads to reopen Friday
Parts of Yellowstone National Park are set to reopen to car and truck traffic later this week.