Latest National parks News

Popular national park hub to start charging for parking

Apr. 19, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A popular hub for visitors to Acadia National Park is going to start charging for parking. Bar Harbor, Maine, has set time limits on parking in much of the downtown village for many years, but it plans to begin charging to park next month. The Bangor Daily News reports that the new...

Warren, in Utah, pledges changes in national-monument policy

Apr. 17, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Backed by dramatic mountain peaks, Elizabeth Warren stopped in Utah on Wednesday to discuss her public-lands plan, including a promise to restore broader protections for two of the state's high-profile national monuments if elected president. It's a move that would not endear her to...

Coal project near Bryce Canyon National Park draws lawsuit

Apr. 16, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Environmental organizations are suing the Trump administration over the approval a coal-mining project near a national park in southern Utah. A coalition of groups including the National Parks Conservation Association filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Utah. They argue that...

Indigenous leaders want less drilling near sacred sites

Apr. 16, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes expressed frustration Monday with federal oversight of oil and gas leases on public holdings near ancient Native American cultural sites and endorsed legislation to restrict natural gas development around Chaco Culture National Historic...

Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker

Apr. 15, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning, likely after consuming bullet fragments while scavenging the remains of an animal killed by a hunter, officials said Monday. Wearing a GPS unit like a backpack, the adult,...

Brazil to auction oil camps despite environmental warnings

Apr. 14, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The administration of President Jair Bolsonaro plans to auction seven offshore oil fields in the northeast despite contrary advice from analysts of Brazil's main environmental body, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. Environmentalists say it's the latest example...

Judge threatens to stop Carnival ships from docking in US

Apr. 11, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has threatened to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the United States as punishment for a possible probation violation. The Miami Herald reports U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said Wednesday that she'll make a decision in June, and she...

US lawmakers seek to protect national park in New Mexico

Apr. 9, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A renewed effort was launched Tuesday to halt federal leases for oil and natural gas development near a national park in New Mexico held sacred by Native Americans. Four members of New Mexico's all-Democratic congressional delegation introduced legislation to prohibit the expansion of...

Body recovered after another Grand Canyon visitor dies

Apr. 4, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Another visitor has died at Grand Canyon National Park after a man fell 400 feet (122 meters) over the South Rim, authorities said Thursday. Park rangers responded to a call shortly before noon Wednesday that someone had fallen over the rim. The park's helicopter...

Judge defends Obama expansion of national monument in Oregon

Apr. 3, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A judge has defended former President Barack Obama's expansion of a national monument in Oregon, ruling against a logging company's lawsuit that said the expansion deprived it of timber. Environmental groups hailed Tuesday's ruling. The case ironically put the Trump administration in the...