Latest National parks News

Senate backs major public lands, conservation bill

Feb. 12, 2019 7:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments. The measure, the largest public lands bill considered by Congress in a...

Snowbound California guests freed after 5 days at lodge

Feb. 8, 2019 8:54 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 120 visitors and staff who were snowbound in a Sierra Nevada resort for five days have been freed, authorities said Friday. Up to 7 feet (2 meters) of snow trapped the guests and staff at Montecito Sequoia Lodge in Sequoia National Forest starting Sunday following a storm, U.S....

Head of Grand Canyon cleared of undisclosed allegations

Feb. 8, 2019 8:53 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. investigation at Grand Canyon National Park has ended with the exoneration of the park's superintendent and an announcement that she'll return to work soon. Christine Lehnertz was reassigned in October while investigators from the Interior Department's Office of Inspector...

Wolf taken to Isle Royale last fall returns to mainland

Feb. 7, 2019 10:13 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A gray wolf that was moved from Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park last fall has wandered back to the mainland, trekking more than 15 miles (24 kilometers) across the frozen surface of Lake Superior to reach her home turf, officials said Wednesday. The female was among four...

Company gets water permit for refinery near national park

Feb. 4, 2019 3:16 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A company facing opposition from environmentalists and landowners as it works to build an $800 million oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota has cleared another hurdle by obtaining a state water permit, though the matter could still end up in state...

Seal takeovers, downed trees: Parks clean up post-shutdown

Feb. 1, 2019 8:20 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — National park visitors cut new trails in sensitive soil. They pried open gates while no one was watching. They found bathrooms locked, so they went outside. One off-roader even mowed down an iconic twisted-limbed Joshua tree in California. During the 35-day government shutdown, some...

The Latest: Death Valley calls shutdown effects 'disturbing'

Feb. 1, 2019 7:41 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on efforts to clean up and repair damage at national parks after the government shutdown (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Officials at Death Valley National Park in California say the impact of human waste and trash left by visitors during the government shutdown is...

Rare whale found dead in Everglades National Park waters

Feb. 1, 2019 10:10 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A rare whale was found dead in the waters of Florida's Everglades National Park. In social media posts, park officials said the Bryde's (pronounced BROO-dus) whale carcass was recovered Wednesday. The young adult male was 38 feet (12 meters) long and weighed nearly 30 tons (25 metric tons)....

APNewsBreak: US oil lease near sacred park pushes forward

Jan. 31, 2019 2:14 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. land managers will move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico and other areas sacred to Native American tribes. The sale comes as Democratic members of Congress, tribal leaders and...

With shutdown over, scientists rush to salvage wolf study

Jan. 28, 2019 6:29 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A 60-year-old study of wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park is back on track after being derailed by the partial government shutdown, and enough private funding has been raised to ensure the work will go on even if federal agencies are idled again, officials said...