Latest National parks News

APNewsBreak: New pen may allow sale of horses for slaughter

Jan. 15, 2019 6:00 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in Northern California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency acknowledged in court filings in a potentially precedent-setting legal battle that it built the pen for...

Selective shutdown? Trump tries to blunt impact, takes heat

Jan. 13, 2019 12:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don't know when they'll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether they'll make ends meet should the stalemate in Washington...

Nevada panel backs new tribal name for Jeff Davis Peak

Jan. 9, 2019 5:04 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A state board wants to change the name of a mountain peak in eastern Nevada's Great Basin National Park to more appropriately recognize a geological area important to a native tribe instead of honoring the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The Nevada Board of Geographic...

US orders refuges to staff for hunters despite shutdown

Jan. 9, 2019 3:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges to return staffers to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The partial restaffing of 38 wildlife...

Joshua Tree National Park closing over shutdown problems

Jan. 8, 2019 5:34 PM EST

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Destruction of its signature trees and driving off-road during the partial government shutdown have added to problems that will force popular Joshua Tree National Park to temporarily shut down this week. Closure of the vast desert park is set for 8 a.m. Thursday and...

Park Service to tap into entrance fees to keep operating

Jan. 6, 2019 4:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown. P. Daniel Smith, deputy director of the service, said in a statement Sunday that the money would...

National parks struggle to stay open, safe during shutdown

Jan. 5, 2019 8:04 PM EST

Nonprofits, businesses and state governments nationwide are putting up money and volunteer hours in a battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers. But such makeshift arrangements haven't prevented some parks from closing and others from being inundated...

Outgoing US Interior secretary defends legacy as he leaves

Jan. 4, 2019 6:30 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington chased by ethics investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press he's lived up to the conservation ideals of Theodore Roosevelt and insisted the myriad allegations against him...

Shutdown spares federal park rangers at site in Trump hotel

Jan. 4, 2019 6:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Smithsonian museums are closed. There are no federal staffers to answer tourists' questions at the Lincoln Memorial. And across the United States, national parks are cluttered with trash. Yet despite the federal government shutdown, a historic clock tower at the Trump International Hotel...

Visitor dies at Yosemite National Park during shutdown

Jan. 4, 2019 4:42 PM EST

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A man died after falling into a river at Yosemite National Park on Christmas Day, the National Park Service said Friday. The man apparently slipped down Silver Apron, a large, sloping granite area above Nevada Fall, and suffered a head injury, government spokesman...