Great Smoky Mountain National Park News:
Popular road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to remain closed
Paving work on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is at a stand still. Park officials said the contractor has been suspended from finishing the project due to safety and performance issues.

Mount Rushmore National Park News:
Former Mount Rushmore superintendent Gerard Baker retires from NPS
Former Mount Rushmore National Memorial superintendent Gerard Baker has retired from the National Park Service, less than three months after he was named assistant park service director for Native American relations.

Outside the US/Canadian Park System:
Gold in them hills but should it be mined in national park?
Plans to reopen and extend Scotlandís only goldmine are set to become a battle that will test the commitment of Scotlandís national parks to conservation.

Petrified Forest National Park News:
Petrified Forest National Park Expansion Is Moving Slowly
According to National Park Service Office of Legislative Affairs representative Pam Walls, the agency is currently in negotiations with landowners. No further information will be provided until negotiations are complete.

Yellowstone (and Grand Teton) National Park News:
Yellowstone has record June
Yellowstone National Park had a record number of visitors in June.

Melting ice reveals ancient atlatl dart
Used by a Native American hunter some 10,000 years ago, the atlatl dart was discovered in a melting patch of ice high in the Rocky Mountains.