Latest National parks News

Tennessee National Guardsmen honored for medical evacuation

May. 18, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four members of the Tennessee National Guard were honored recently for a lifesaving medical evacuation in the Smokies. The members of the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion responded last June after a 17-year-old girl was attacked by a bear while camping...

Appellate court rules against mine company's Arizona project

May. 12, 2022 20:00 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a judge's ruling overturning a federal agency's approval of Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc.'s plan for a new open-pit copper mine in southeastern Arizona. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the U.S....

Carter asks court to defend Alaska's 'unrivaled wilderness'

May. 09, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday took the unusual step of weighing in on a court case involving his landmark conservation act and a remote refuge in Alaska. Carter filed an amicus brief in the longstanding legal dispute over efforts to build a road...

Condors soar again over Northern California coastal redwoods

May. 03, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The endangered California condor returned to soar the skies over the state's far northern coast redwood forests on Tuesday for the first time in more than a century. Two captive-bred birds were released from a pen in Redwood National Park, about...

'Aggressive' Assateague Island horse moved to Texas

May. 03, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. (AP) — A wild horse who has become “extremely aggressive” with staff and visitors at Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland has been relocated to a Texas wildlife sanctuary, National Park Service officials announced Monday. Park service...

Hawaii volcano lava flow steady after starts and stops

May. 02, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano is now erupting a steady stream of lava after a period of intermittent pulsing. The latest eruption began in September but until recently had been stopping and starting every few days, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. ...

US Army Chinook helicopters help set up base camp on Denali

Apr. 29, 2022 20:19 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska (AP) — Those wishing to climb North America’s tallest peak got a leg up this week from the U.S. Army. Aviators from B Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment at Fort Wainwright flew two bus-sized CH-47F Chinook helicopters...

Body of Indianapolis man recovered from Lake Michigan

Apr. 28, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

OGDEN DUNES, Ind. (AP) — The body of an Indianapolis man who fell into Lake Michigan while walking on unstable shelf ice was recovered Thursday, Indiana conservation officers said. The body of Bryce Dunfee, 22, was found Thursday morning and recovered at West Beach in Indiana Dunes...

For summer travel deals, stay off the beaten path

Apr. 27, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

Many Americans are looking to travel this summer. Most hope to find a good deal. Unfortunately, that’s not how the law of supply and demand usually works. Air travel has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels. Hotels are filling up and vacation rentals are booming. ...

Smokies announces synchronous firefly viewing dates, lottery

Apr. 27, 2022 05:03 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The annual lottery to view the synchronous fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park opens on Friday. Every year in late May to early June, thousands of visitors gather near the Elkmont Campground to observe the Photinus carolinus, a firefly...