Big Bend National Park News:
Hard-core WC class heads for Big Bend
There is no air conditioning in Big Bend National Park, there are no motels or showers and the nearest hospital is hours away; itís not an easy place for modern humanity to survive.

Death Valley National Park News
National Park Service Raises Concerns About Solar Projects in Nevada Desert (Prior Reported)
The National Park Service is worried that a slew of proposed large-scale solar energy projects on public land could harm wildlife, cause severe water shortage and pollute the air.

Everglades National Park News:
Wildfires may keep Alligator Alley shut down through weekend
A growing wildfire in the Everglades has authorities warning that Alligator Alley, closed since Wednesday evening, could remain shut down until Monday.

UPDATE: Alligator Alley now open to traffic
As of 9 a.m., Alligator Alley is open from Naples to Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.

Glacier National Park News:
Predators are an important part of the ecosystem (Editorial)
Ever since the Massachusetts Bay Colony began paying a bounty on wolves in 1640, we have waged a war against predators. Weíve trapped them, used poison baits, or hunted them with guns.

Grand Teton National Park News:
FAA: 38 bird strikes in JH
Thirty-eight planes taking off or landing at Jackson Hole Airport in the last 14 years struck birds, four times causing substantial damage, the FAA reported Friday.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
History endures in 'Land of Blue Smoke'
Glimpses of the past come easy at Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

Smokies park a balancing act
On the day his family left behind land that would become part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, he drove a team of horses pulling a wagon loaded with farm implements over the mountain from Cataloochee to Iron Duff.

When NC lagged on Smokies park, a remarkable man provided a swift kick
They donít make people like Charles Aurelius Webb anymore.

A Great Smoky Mountains salute
Event kicks off park's 75th anniversary year
CLINGMANS DOME - A brilliant April sky and majestic, layered mountains served as the backdrop as the U.S. National Park Service kicked off the celebration of its most-visited asset's 75th anniversary.

Misc. National Park News:
Top 40 Favorite Hikes of All Time
To cap off green week on the NileGuide blog, I present my top 40 favorite hikes of all time. Iíve attempted to include a good balance of trails in North America and around the world, and to feature hikes that take in mountains, canyons, culture, jungle and tundra. I hope you enjoy, and please submit your own choices for inclusion in a future post showcasing top picks from our readers. Click on each photo for a higher resolution.

Stimulus a rare boost for parks
Yellowstone isnít flush with money from federal economic stimulus funds, but at least the Madison campground sewer system can be updated for the first time in some 50 years.

Outside the US/Canadian Park System:
Primal dream
There is a king, a prime minister and a first lady,Ē my Tanzanian guide Kabeth H Kabeth says, describing the hierarchy of M-group, an extended chimpanzee family used to encounters with researchers and tourists in the Mahale Mountains National Park, on the forested shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Just back from: Serengeti National Park
Traveler:Norma Lind of Portland, Oregon, and daughter Erika Lind
I went because: Call it the mother-daughter version of "The Bucket List" - and to experience Africa's wildlife up close and in person versus on the Discovery Channel.

Rocky Mountain National Park News:
Grand County commissioners deny permit for gravel pit to supply asphalt
A gravel-pit owner who sought to temporarily increase operations to satisfy a federal road job in Rocky Mountain National Park was denied permission on Tuesday in a split county commissioner vote.

Shenandoah National Park News:
Stimulus Funds Coming to Shenandoah National Park
More than $17 million dollars is coming to the Shenandoah National Park.

Yellowstone National Park News:
Yellowstone completes Wi-Fi and cell phone plan
Yellowstone National Park has completed a plan addressing the future of wireless communications in the park.

Group wants to buy bear-proof bins
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - An environmental group is seeking donations to buy bear-proof garbage bins for a community near Yellowstone National Park, where wildlife include grizzly bears and black bears.

Yosemite National Park News:
Yosemite to open 24 new cabins in May
New cabins soon will be available for visitors to Yosemite National Park at the 1920s-era Evergreen Lodge.,0,59957.story