Latest National parks News

New Mexico national forest says no to geothermal drilling

Jun. 15, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development. The decision by the Santa Fe National Forest follows years of...

Yosemite's haven for giant sequoias ready for visitors

Jun. 14, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park's largest sequoia grove is ready to open to the public after crews completed a restoration project to protect the nearly 500 ancient trees, officials said Thursday. Mariposa Grove, a 4-acre (1.50-hectare) habitat of the towering reddish-brown...

Ancient Native American remains reburied on California isle

Jun. 14, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

SAN MIGUEL ISLAND, Calif. (AP) — The mystery behind the skull of an ancient man discovered in the eroding coastline of a remote Southern California island has been laid to rest along with the bones unearthed by researchers. But much of the story of the Native American who died 10,000 years ago will remain...

New Yellowstone boss named following predecessor's ouster

Jun. 13, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A new superintendent was named Wednesday to Yellowstone National Park, one of the crown jewels of the U.S. park system, after his predecessor said he was being forced out by the Trump administration following a dispute over bison. Cameron "Cam" Sholly will replace Dan Wenk, who has...

North Dakota OKs refinery construction near national park

Jun. 13, 2018 2:37 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Health Department issued a permit Wednesday allowing construction of an oil refinery about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a project opposed by several national and regional conservation groups. The Davis Refinery still has other hurdles,...

Officials continue repairing USS Arizona Memorial

Jun. 9, 2018 8:07 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Park Service is working as fast as possible to reopen access to the USS Arizona Memorial after cracks were discovered last month on the floating concrete pier near the metal access ramp, officials said. Visitors to the memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu are taken on a...

Sen. Tina Smith's amendment would complete PolyMet land swap

Jun. 8, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith has proposed an amendment to force completion of a land swap needed for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a move that drew criticism from environmentalists Friday. The Minnesota Democrat plans to offer the amendment to a major defense...

Yellowstone National Park sets May visitation record

Jun. 8, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A record number of people visited Yellowstone National Park in May. The National Park Service said Friday the park got almost 447,000 visits in May, up 6 percent compared with May last year. Year-to-date visitation is down slightly from the almost 600,000 people who...

Scientists: No way to know when Hawaii eruption will end

Jun. 8, 2018 2:38 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from the Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created nearly a mile of new land and officials with the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday the flow is still very active and there's no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open. The...

Yellowstone boss says Trump administration forcing him out

Jun. 7, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park's superintendent said Thursday that he's being forced out in an apparent "punitive action" following disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain, a longstanding source of conflict between park officials and ranchers...