Latest National parks News

Study: Climate change possible cause of bird species decline

Aug. 19, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Climate change could be to blame for the collapse of bird populations in the desert along the Nevada-California border, scientists said. The number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43 percent over the past century at survey sites across an area larger than New York state,...

Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano

Aug. 17, 2018 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Slowing activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists on Friday to downgrade their alert level for the mountain. The U.S. Geological Survey issued a "watch" for Kilauea's ground hazards, down from a "warning." But scientists say this doesn't mean the eruption, which has...

Appeals court ruling halts giant forest project in Idaho

Aug. 16, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant forest project in Idaho is on hold following a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision Monday halts the 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage,...

Federal agency issues proposals for downsized Utah monuments

Aug. 15, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government on Wednesday issued proposals for managing two national monuments in Utah that were significantly downsized by President Donald Trump last year, saying its preference for one of the sites would be the "least restrictive to energy and mining development." The Bureau...

3 accused of approaching bears at national park in Alaska

Aug. 10, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Charges are pending in Alaska against three people who approached multiple brown bears in a closed area of a popular destination for bear-viewing excursions. National Park Service officials say two Alaska residents and a tourist entered a closed area at Brooks Camp in the Katmai...

Park Service nixes rafting proposal after backlash over fees

Aug. 10, 2018 1:14 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service has canceled a contract proposal to run commercial river trips in the Grand Canyon after backlash over higher franchise fees. About 19,000 people annually go on multiday commercial whitewater rafting trips on the Colorado River. All start at Lees Ferry near...

Montana to keep 1,000 bears amid push to lift protections

Aug. 9, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials endorsed a plan Thursday to keep northwestern Montana's grizzly population at roughly 1,000 bears as the state seeks to bolster its case that lifting federal protections will not lead to the bruins' demise. The proposal adopted on a preliminary vote by Fish,...

Outgoing Yellowstone boss says he feels he was punished

Aug. 9, 2018 4:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — National Park Service officials told Yellowstone's departing superintendent that he wasn't being forced out over a disagreement with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, but Dan Wenk said Thursday he still believes he is being punished by being forced to move up his retirement. Wenk, who...

Company disputes complaint over refinery by national park

Aug. 9, 2018 3:25 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company planning an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota is asking state regulators to dismiss a complaint filed by environmental groups over the site. Meridian Energy Group made its request to the Public Service Commission on Wednesday,...

14,000 fight California fires, some from prisons or overseas

Aug. 9, 2018 12:58 AM EDT

UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state's largest-ever wildfire but didn't expect to have it fully under control until September. The blaze north of San Francisco has grown to the size of Los Angeles since it started two weeks...