Latest National parks News

'Excited and scared': Hawaii volcano spews huge cloud of ash

May. 18, 2018 1:23 AM EDT

VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — A volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupted anew Thursday with little sound and only modest fury, spewing a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town. The explosion at the summit of Kilauea came shortly after 4 a.m....

Yellowstone launches program to establish new bison herds

May. 16, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is launching a new program to capture and quarantine wild bison with the goal of establishing new, disease-free herds across the nation, park officials said Tuesday. The program aims to help the conservation of the species by relocating wild Yellowstone bison...

'People's forest' marks 100 years, seeks new connections

May. 16, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's most iconic attraction had been decimated by forest fires and logging when President Woodrow Wilson established it as a national forest a century ago. Now, the White Mountain National Forest stretches over 800,000 acres in the northern part of the state and part of...

Lawsuit contends energy lease sales will affect environment

May. 15, 2018 4:34 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups and three Montana landowners sued Tuesday to cancel hundreds of recent oil and gas lease sales, saying the U.S. government's leasing of public lands is skyrocketing without understanding how all that drilling will affect water quality and climate change. WildEarth...

Repairs to leave part of Statue of Liberty dark

May. 15, 2018 8:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers will be turning off some lights for repairs to the Statue of Liberty's electrical system. The system that illuminates the statue's exterior will be shut down for about six hours on Tuesday night. However, the statue's torch, crown and pedestal will remain illuminated. The National...

Group behind Theodore Roosevelt library scraps 2-site plan

May. 14, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The foundation working to build a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in western North Dakota on Monday scrapped plans to split the planned complex into two parts, in two cities, angering a top state lawmaker. The nonprofit foundation's board in March voted to build a museum at...

Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser erupts for 5th time this year

May. 13, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The world's largest active geyser has erupted again in Yellowstone National Park. The U.S. Geological Survey says the Steamboat Geyser erupted early Sunday, its fifth eruption this year. The agency says in a series of tweets there's no indication of any volcanic...

Guard killed, 2 British tourists and driver abducted in Congo's Virunga National Park

May. 11, 2018 12:05 PM EDT
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Guard killed, 2 British tourists and driver abducted in Congo's Virunga National Park.

Idaho wildlife officials approve limited grizzly bear hunt

May. 10, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday approved a limited hunting season for grizzly bears in eastern Idaho just a year after the animals were removed from the Endangered Species List. Under the plan, the Department of Fish and Game will hold a random drawing to award one Idaho...

Tanzania's Maasai evicted in favor of tourism, group says

May. 10, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tens of thousands of Tanzania's ethnic Maasai people are homeless after the government burned their houses to keep the savannah open for tourism benefiting two foreign safari companies, a U.S.-based policy think tank charged Thursday. Villagers in northern Tanzania's Loliondo area,...