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Hessian remains unearthed at Revolutionary War battle site

Aug. 02, 2022 11:54 AM EDT

NATIONAL PARK, N.J. (AP) — Researchers believe they have uncovered in a mass grave in New Jersey the remains of as many as 12 Hessian soldiers who fought during the Revolutionary War, officials announced Tuesday. The remains, found at the site of Fort Mercer and the 1777 Battle of...

Visitors to world's tallest tree could face $5K fine, jail

Aug. 01, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tree enthusiasts who make the trek to the world's tallest tree deep in a Northern California forest will face a fine and possible jail time after park officials declared the remote area off-limits because of damage done by trampling visitors to the tree and surrounding...

Military munitions debris closes section of Assateague beach

Aug. 01, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

ASSATEAGUE, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service has closed a section of beach at the Assateague Island National Seashore after military munitions debris washed ashore. The park service announced Sunday that the partial closure is in effect for the North Beach swimming area in...

Nez Perce Tribe disputes Idaho gold mine air quality permit

Jul. 29, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials violated the federal Clean Air Act as well as the state’s regulations by issuing an air quality permit for a proposed gold mine in west-central Idaho, the Nez Perce Tribe and two conservation groups said. The tribe, Idaho Conservation League...

Wounded Knee artifacts highlight slow pace of repatriations

Jul. 28, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

BARRE, Mass. (AP) — One by one, items purportedly taken from Native Americans massacred at Wounded Knee Creek emerged from the dark, cluttered display cases where they’ve sat for more than a century in a museum in rural Massachusetts. Moccasins, necklaces, clothing, ceremonial...

Federal court denies Noem's Mount Rushmore fireworks appeal

Jul. 27, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem in her lawsuit that attempted to overturn the National Park Service's denial of the state's application to hold a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore to celebrate 2021's...

Florida man dies in fall on steep slope in Glacier park

Jul. 26, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — A 79-year-old Florida man has died in a fall in Glacier National Park while he was trying to scramble up an off-trail slope with a group of friends, park officials said Tuesday. The incident happened Monday morning on Rising Wolf Mountain, several hundred...

Big Bend hiker, 75, found dead amid extreme heat

Jul. 24, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a 75-year-old Houston man has died while hiking alone last week at Big Bend National Park. The body of the man was found Thursday about a half-mile (0.80 km) from the start of a trail, according to Park Deputy Superintendent...

Sister: Hiker who died in Badlands was on graduation trip

Jul. 23, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The sister of a St. Louis man who died while hiking in the Badlands of South Dakota said Friday that he was camping as part of a trip to celebrate graduating from college and got lost trying to find his way back to his car. The Pennington County Sheriff's...

Alaska's Denali National Park gets 1st woman superintendent

Jul. 21, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Brooke Merrell has been named superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska and is the first woman in that role in the 105-year history of the park, the National Park Service announced Thursday. Merrell has been acting superintendent for the...