Latest National parks News

Army training: no Thanksgiving hunts in 2 Louisiana areas

Nov. 17, 2019 1:18 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Extensive Army training will close two Louisiana wildlife management areas near Fort Polk to hunters over the Thanksgiving weekend. That word comes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. A news release Thursday said the Fort Polk-Vernon and Peason Ridge Wildlife...

Yellowstone looking at Wi-Fi upgrades for some buildings

Nov. 17, 2019 1:04 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials have unveiled a proposal from a company that wants to install Wi-Fi in the park’s developed areas. AccessParks, a wireless network company, has proposed upgrading internet infrastructure all over the park within buildings managed by Xanterra...

Missouri River to be discussed in Nebraska lecture

Nov. 16, 2019 10:08 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Fans of the Missouri River can learn about its importance to the Great Plains at an upcoming lecture in Lincoln. The University of Nebraska’s Center for Great Plains Studies will host the lecture Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at its office in downtown Lincoln. The lecture will feature...

Tribes say sacred site at risk in Vegas water pipeline fight

Nov. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — For most drivers on U.S. Highway 50 in northeastern Nevada, the Spring Valley is a blur of open road, trees and windmills between Ely and Great Basin National Park. For Rupert Steele, it’s a place to slow down and sing the songs Shoshone people have passed person-to-person across...

Volkswagen donation to expand US forest by 1,500 acres

Nov. 15, 2019 4:25 AM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen plans to donate $1.25 million to help expand Cherokee National Forest near the company’s Chattanooga plant and offer community grants. On Thursday, The Conservation Fund announced a collaboration with Volkswagen to open three tracts near the plant for outdoor...

‘Sleeping giant’: New Mexico poised to be outdoor go-to spot

Nov. 14, 2019 9:19 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Quiet streams flush with native trout. World-class quail hunting among the cactus and mesquite. Ribbons of flowy singletrack hidden among the purple silhouettes of New Mexico’s mountain ranges and high desert ridges and canyons. It’s not hard for state recreation...

Hawaii endangered bird program to end after 9 die

Nov. 14, 2019 4:57 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project will halt its program after the deaths of nine endangered birds, officials said. The decision to suspend the project on the windward slopes of Maui’s Haleakala volcano came after at least nine of 13 kiwikiu apparently succumbed to avian malaria,...

Snow blamed for lower Yellowstone visitation in October

Nov. 13, 2019 10:57 AM EST

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The National Park Service says snowy weather last month likely cut down on visitors to Yellowstone National Park during October. The agency recorded just over 170,000 visitors during the month, a 22% decrease from October 2018. So far in 2019, the park has hosted over...

Burial site put into Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

Nov. 12, 2019 12:08 PM EST

UXBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Members of the town's Historical Commission received word last week that the Mrs. Nancy Adams Burial Site, marking the resting ground of a woman who escaped slavery three times and is linked to the region's rich involvement with the Underground Railroad, was accepted by the National...

Zimbabwe says 200 elephants have now died amid drought

Nov. 12, 2019 9:12 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, Zimbabwe's parks agency said on Tuesday, and a mass relocation of animals is planned to ease congestion. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo said at least 200 elephants have died...