Latest National parks News

Smoky Mountains park to hold town halls on Black history

Sep. 16, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials with Great Smoky Mountains National Park have scheduled three town hall events to introduce the public to the history of Blacks within and around the park. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Blacks in...

Wildlife biologist to speak on Smokies' reintroduced elk

Sep. 15, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A nonprofit group that works to document and share information about the plants and animals of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a free presentation Friday on elk. Speaker Joseph Yarkovich is a wildlife biologist who has worked...

World's longest cave system adds 8 miles

Sep. 15, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

CAVE CITY, Ky. (AP) — The world's longest cave system has added 8 miles (13 kilometers) to its length, officials said. The additional mileage was mapped and documented by the Cave Research Foundation, Mammoth Cave National Park said Saturday in a statement. It brings...

Permit for oil refinery near national park still active

Sep. 14, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park will keep its construction permit active, even after it has faced delays and received two extensions. North Dakota environmental officials have determined Meridian Energy Group...

Badlands National Park to build new visitor center

Sep. 13, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Badlands National Park in South Dakota will build a new visitor center in the southeast section of the park, the National Park Foundation said Monday. The new visitor center will be located in the Cedar Pass section of the park, where wind and...

Alaska man stable after grizzly bear attack in national park

Sep. 09, 2021 01:59 AM EDT

COPPER CENTER, Alaska (AP) — A 39-year-old hunter was attacked by a grizzly bear Wednesday in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in southeastern Alaska, park officials said. Jason Long from Eagle River, Alaska was alone when a mother bear with two cubs...

Group plans to restore historic Florida Keys lighthouse

Sep. 08, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — A 148-year-old Florida Keys lighthouse could get a new life now that a community organization is poised to take ownership and begin a massive preservation project. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland has approved a recommendation from the...

Dead climber on Wyoming mountain identified as Japanese man

Sep. 07, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — The National Park Service has identified a climber who died in northwestern Wyoming as a Japanese national who worked in California. Hitoshi Onoe, 42, worked in San Jose, Grand Teton National Park officials said in a release Monday. ...

Glacier offers plan to phase out sightseeing flights at park

Sep. 06, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials are asking for public comment on a plan to manage and eventually phase out commercial aircraft tours over Montana's Glacier National Park. The proposal would effectively cap the number of flights allowed over the park at current...

Dead hiker found in Grand Teton National Park

Sep. 05, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — The body of a deceased climber has been recovered from the Teewinot Mountain area of Grand Teton National Park, officials said. Another climber spotted the body at the base of the Black Chimney climbing route on Saturday and called park rangers. ...