Study finds US public land workers facing assaults, threats
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal employees overseeing U.S. public lands were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a five-year period marked by heightened tensions with anti-government...
Shreveport receives $500K for historic church restoration
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The National Park Service has awarded a city in Louisiana an additional $500,000 grant to preserve a historic landmark and transform it into a civil rights museum.
Conservancy to spend $2.5M on Glacier National Park projects
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The Glacier National Park Conservancy plans to spend $2.5 million to support 75 preservation, education and research projects in the Montana park next year.
Burns planned for 1,100 acres of Indiana Dunes National Park
PORTER, Ind. (AP) — More than 1,000 acres of the Indiana Dunes National Park will soon be going up in flames during prescribed burns at Indiana's only national park .
Free camping offered at Big South Fork park on Veterans Day
ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) — Free camping is being offered on Veterans Day at a national park that sits along the Tennessee-Kentucky border.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area said in...
Upgrades planned for Joshua Tree to ease park crowds
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — A revamped entrance and visitor centers are in the works to help ease crowds after a surge in tourism to Southern California's Joshua Tree National...
Proposal seeks to modernize campgrounds at national parks
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Food trucks. Wi-Fi. Hot showers.
Those campground upgrades could be coming to a national park near you.
The Interior Department is reviewing recommendations to...
Utah leaders ask park service to reconsider allowing ATVs
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials in a large tourist community have asked the National Park Service to reconsider allowing all-terrain vehicles and other off-road vehicles inside the...
Trapper plays with ’gator until it tires, pulls it from pool
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool.
Grizzly cubs killed on Montana railroad tracks, deaths mount
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Two grizzly bear cubs have been killed on railroad tracks in northwestern Montana, driving the number of bear deaths toward last year's record level for the...
Bust of Orville Wright found on North Carolina beach
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says a bust of Orville Wright that was stolen from the Wright Brothers National Memorial on the North Carolina coast has been found.
Alaska’s Denali National Park allows e-bikes on road, trails
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Denali National Park and Preserve rule change allows electronically assisted bikes anywhere that traditional bicycles are permitted in, officials said.
Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological...
Orville Wright bust stolen from North Carolina monument
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says a copper bust of aviation pioneer Orville Wright has been stolen from the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the Outer Banks of North...
Alpine areas of Going-to-the-Sun Road closed for the season
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park in Montana has decided to close the alpine section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road to vehicles for the season because of winter weather...
Superintendent named for sites in Birmingham, Anniston
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The National Park Service has named a superintendent to oversee new civil rights historical sites in Birmingham and Anniston.
Grant to help Detroit church with rich civil rights history
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit church that served as a popular venue for national civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, is getting a grant for needed...
Snow closes Yellowstone road earlier than expected
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Snowfall has closed a road in Yellowstone National Park for the season.
Snow, wind and ice prompted park officials to close the road over Dunraven Pass...
NPS offering to lease part of historic site at Canada border
CALAIS, Maine (AP) — The National Park Service is looking for someone to lease a house located on a historic site near the border of Maine and Canada.
Glacier National Park sees increased September visitation
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — More than 488,000 people visited Glacier National Park in Montana in September, a 12.5% increase over the same month last year.
Meeting set on New River Gorge National River redesignation
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A public meeting is scheduled on a bill to redesignate the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia as the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.
Hawaii to consider proposed online trail hike reservations
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The state of Hawaii will consider a proposal to establish an online reservation system for guided hikes in a national park on Maui, officials said.
Rat poison eyed in 2 California mountain lion deaths
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Two Southern California mountain lions that were part of a National Park Service study have been found dead and rodent poison has been confirmed as the cause in one...
The Latest: Interior secretary lambasts Green New Deal
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on oil industry development and regulation in New Mexico (all times local):
U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is citing a moratorium on new...
More dead wild elephants found at Thai waterfall; toll at 11
BANGKOK (AP) — Wildlife officials in Thailand said Tuesday they have discovered the carcasses of five more wild elephants downstream from a waterfall where the bodies of six other elephants were...
Zion visitation continues to climb, sets summer record
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Zion National Park visitation set records this summer, averaging more than a half-million visitors per month.
The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reports that yearly...
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6 elephants drown, 2 rescued in Thai national park
BANGKOK (AP) — A herd of wild elephants was swept away by raging waters in a national park in Thailand, drowning six, while rangers helped steer two of the animals out of a deep...
Grizzly moved likely daughter of famous bear No. 399
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Wyoming have trapped and relocated a grizzly bear thought to be the offspring of a well-known grizzly.
29 black-footed ferrets released at Wind Cave National Park
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. (AP) — More black-footed ferrets have been released at Wind Cave National park in southwestern South Dakota.
Melania Trump visits Grand Teton, cancels Yellowstone tour
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Melania Trump visited Grand Teton National Park to promote her youth initiative and the outdoors, but canceled a trip to nearby Yellowstone National Park due to...
Finland agrees to return Native American remains to tribes
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The ancestral remains of Native American tribes that once called the cliffs of Mesa Verde National Park home will be repatriated as part of an agreement between Finland...
Melania Trump meets Boy Scouts, floats river in Wyoming
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Melania Trump met with Boy Scouts and rafted down the Snake River to kick off a two-day trip to Wyoming to promote her youth initiative and U.S. national parks.
Correction: Grand Teton Goats story
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — In a story Oct. 2 about mountain goats in Wyoming’s Teton Range, The Associated Press reported erroneously that mountain goat hunting took place in Grand Teton National Park....
US official lauds efforts for Theodore Roosevelt library
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on Thursday praised state fundraising efforts for a proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in North Dakota and said he hopes...
Grand Canyon North Rim prepares to close for winter
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors have a couple more weeks to take advantage of full services at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim.
Oil and gas lease in Montana region permanently retired
BROWNING, Mont. (AP) — A Texas-based oil and gas company has reached an out-of-court settlement to permanently retire its oil and gas lease south of Glacier National Park on land considered sacred...
Condor chick makes 1st flight attempt from Utah cliff
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In another sign that California condors are making a comeback in the wild three decades after nearing the brink of extinction, a condor chick left its nest and made its first...
Crab shell sighting proves to be ‘threat’ on Maine’s coast
SCHOODIC POINT, Maine (AP) — An invasive aquatic species is continuing to be take hold along the Maine coast, potentially becoming "a ticking time bomb" for fishermen.
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Make Dunes national park designation count for more than visitors
The hard-fought designation of the Indiana Dunes as America's newest national...
Melania Trump to visit national parks in Wyoming on Thursday
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump will promote U.S. national parks and her youth initiative later this week in Wyoming.
The White House says the first lady will visit national parks and...
Utah’s Dinosaur National Monument to allow e-bikes on roads
JENSEN, Utah (AP) — Dinosaur National Monument is the latest National Park Service land in Utah permitting electronic bicycles.
KSL-TV in Salt Lake City reported Tuesday that e-bikes will...
US Park Service: Maryland employee fatally hits wild horse
BERLIN, Md. (AP) — The U.S. National Park Service says a wild horse on Maryland's Assateague Island has died after being hit by an employee driving a park vehicle.
Man falls into Yellowstone hot spring, severely burned
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Yellowstone National Park visitor has been hospitalized with severe burns and could face charges after falling into a thermal pool at Old Faithful Geyser, park officials...
ATVs to be allowed on some roads in Utah’s 5 national parks
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — ATVs will be allowed on certain roads in the five national parks in Utah under a new rule from the National Park Service that went through without public comment.
Legislators: Waive park fees for 4th graders’ families
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing waiving state park entrance fees for fourth-graders' families in hopes of getting kids outside.
Group buys swamp land to give to Congaree National Park
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK, S.C. (AP) — A timber company is selling some swamp and forest land to a conservation group that hopes to donate the land to the Congaree National Park in South...