There was lots of news today. Looks like the parks stimulus has been figured out where it is all going.

Bryce Canyon National Park News:
A Canyon journey
The American outback in Southern Utah makes for one of the most memorable treks of a lifetime

California State Parks News (Misc)
$97 million awarded to state's national parks
Twenty-two national parks in California, including several in the Bay Area, will be awarded $97 million in federal stimulus money that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday will be used to fix trails, repair historic buildings, install solar panels and hire local workers.

Carlsbad Cavern National Park News:
Family donates historical items to Carlsbad Cavern
Wearing white gloves, Carlsbad Caverns National Park Superintendent John Benjamin carefully drew items out of a box. Like a child at Christmas who has received that prized gift, he finds it difficult to hold back the excitement he feels each time he picks up a boxed item.

Denali National Park News:
Only the strong survive on Discovery Channel show
In September 2008, a navy blue and yellow bush plane lands on Tsusena Lake, deep in the wilderness of Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, hundreds of miles from civilization.

Denali Park Road to be opened for traffic Friday
BE PREPARED: Call ahead: Snow is always possible, mud a certainty.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Further clarification of bear spray laws in national parks
Yesterday I posted an article about bear spray being illegal in the Great Smoky Mountains and in other national parks. This information came to light after Chris Hibbard over at Your Smokies brought attention to the law after a discussion he had with one of the Supervisory Wildlife Biologists in GSMNP.

Parkway tour provides a 'Roam with a View'
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most staggeringly beautiful scenic route in eastern North America (apologies to Cape Breton's shorter Cabot Trail, which is No. 2 in my book).

‘Decoration Day in the Mountains’ exhibit opens April 23 at WCU
“Decoration Day in the Mountains,” a major new exhibit at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center that explores the area’s “decoration day” tradition, will open with a public reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

Smokies seeking volunteers for elk program
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Volunteers-in-Parks program is enlisting volunteers to assist with the experimental elk reintroduction project in Cataloochee Valley.

Glacier National Park News:
Glacier Park slated to receive $17.5 million
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced an investment of nearly $750 million in America’s national parks, including $17.5 million for Glacier National Park.

$33M in stimulus funds for MT national parks
More than $33.2 million from the federal stimulus bill is headed to Montana to improve access and services in national parks, historic sites and recreation areas in the state.

Misc. National Park News:
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to get $295,000 to repair park facilities
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will receive $295,000 in federal stimulus money for repairs to three national park facilities.

North Cascades National Park News:
North Cascades among federal parks to get stimulus money
National parks in Washington state will get more than $62 million to fund 33 projects, including $518,000 for work at North Cascades National Park.

Olympic National Park News:
ONP to build new greenhouse for Elwha project
The National Park Service has selected Northcon, Inc. of Hayden, Idaho to design and build a new Olympic National Park greenhouse facility in Robin Hill Farm County Park.

More on dam removal: Olympic National Park greenhouse construction to begin this summer
Construction of an Olympic National Park greenhouse -- in which plants will be grown to revegetate areas laid bare by the removal of two dams on the Elwha River -- is expected to begin in the summer.

Outside the US/Canadian Parks System:
Lampung's national park being deforested at alarming rate
Efforts to wipe out illegal logging in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (TNBBS) have been like adding salt to the sea. Despite routine patrols by forest rangers, illegal logging has prevailed unabated, evidenced by the number of large trucks seen carrying illegal timber unimpeded along the Trans-Sumatra highway and on the ferry to Java.

Afghanistan opens its first national park
The Afghanistan National Environmental Protection Agency says it has established that country's first internationally recognized national park.

Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Colorado Governor Ritter Praises Recovery Act Funds To Restore National Parks

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter applauded the announcement today that $20.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will go toward restoring and protecting Colorado's national parks. These projects will benefit Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Dinosaur and Great Sand Dunes national parks, among others.

Saratoga National Park News:
Saratoga National Park receives $64K in stimulus
Saratoga National Park is set to receive $64,000 in federal stimulus funds to help rehabilitate the ranger station, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced this week.

Sequoia National Park News:
Sequoia Park Stimulus (The video is OK once you get past the commercial. The text and narration are identical)
Fresno, CA (KFSN) -- The $14 million dollars in federal stimulus funding is expected to help sequoia national park tremendously.

Shenandoah National Park News:
Stimulus funds to upgrade parkway, Shenandoah park
More than $30 million in federal stimulus money will go toward upgrades on the Blue Ridge Parkway and at Shenandoah National Park, the Department of Interior announced Wednesday.

Utah National Parks News (Misc)
Utah parks and monuments stimulus projects
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Yellowstone National Park News:
National parks get $750M for backlogged projects
Yellowstone National Park will receive $14,735,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Grand Teton will receive $18.8 million, while the Wyoming grand total for park units will reach $32.26 million,

Visit Yellowstone Offseason
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the U.S., welcoming nearly 3 million visitors per year. Most of those come during the summer months, when the weather is consistently beautiful, and the travel season is in full swing. But this article suggests that we should go now, to beat the crowds, and enjoy springtime in the Northern Rockies, where no matter what time of the year it is, Old Faithful erupts, whether anyone is watching or not.

Yellowstone gets $14 million in economic stimulus
Yellowstone National Park will use most of its $14.7 million in economic stimulus money to replace an aged wastewater treatment plant and install a small hydroelectric unit.

Park’s cell phone plan raises safety questions for backcountry hikers
There are times when the government acts in the interest of its citizens, and there are times when its actions are an insulting parent-like slap on the wrist.

Last edited by James Morrissey; 04/24/09 09:03 AM.