Latest National parks News

Advocates want recognition of school desegregation landmarks

Sep. 29, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of historians wants a national site dedicated to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared school segregation illegal to incorporate locations in South Carolina that helped pave the way for the case. Historians and family members of those who fought for equal...

Survey cited in push to protect sites sacred to tribes

Sep. 29, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders and archaeologists on Monday pointed to a recent survey of an area around Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mwxico that is considered sacred by some tribes in the Southwest, saying there are thousands of sites outside the park's boundaries that...

Grizzlies killed in attacks on 2 bow hunters in Wyoming

Sep. 29, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — One hunter was injured and another unhurt by grizzly bears in two separate attacks in Wyoming. Neither bear survived the encounters, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The department gave few other details about the attacks in a statement Monday but said it was helping the...

Bear in Denali National Park euthanized over safety concerns

Sep. 29, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska (AP) — A grizzly bear that was believed to have gotten into buildings and food storages over the last year has been euthanized amid safety concerns, according to Denali National Park and Preserve. The adult male bear was captured Thursday, and wildlife staff with...

Idaho officials seek cleanup help amid rise in park visits

Sep. 28, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — National park and forest officials in Idaho have reported an increase in trash and waste at public lands across the state since the coronavirus pandemic pushed more people outside. The national parks and national forests around the United States are experiencing the same problem,...

Oil well pad converted into campsite at NM national park

Sep. 25, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A former oil and gas well pad has been converted into a campground for visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park in New Mexico. The new campground will comprise 174,240 square feet (16,187 square meters) of land, with five RV spots and six...

Groups decry proposal to roll back Alaska forest protections

Sep. 24, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to exempt the country’s largest national forest from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas, a move conservation groups denounced Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, under which the Forest Service falls,...

Park IDs hunter killed by grizzly bear in Alaska as Ohio man

Sep. 24, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

COPPER CENTER, Alaska (AP) — The hunter killed by a grizzly bear last weekend in a remote part of Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve was identified Thursday by park officials as a 22-year-old man from Ohio. The death of Austin Pfeiffer late Sunday was the first recorded fatal bear...

Hidden History Weekend starts Friday in West Virginia

Sep. 24, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — Southern West Virginia's hidden history will be highlighted during an event this weekend. The 12th annual Hidden History Weekend runs Friday through Sunday. The National Park Service says the free event is at New River Gorge National River, the National Coal Heritage Area, Hinton...

Another mountain lion found dead on California freeway

Sep. 23, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another mountain lion was found dead Wednesday on a Southern California freeway, prompting autthorities to say it was likely the latest of nearly two dozen cougars who have been struck while trying to cross roads that ring their territory. The mountain lion was found dead on Interstate...