Latest National parks News

National Park Service buys MLK Jr's birth home

Dec. 14, 2018 8:26 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The National Park Service has bought the home in Atlanta, Georgia, where Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929. Citing a National Park Foundation release, news outlets report the civil rights leader's family has owned the home on Auburn Avenue for more than a century and closed the sale...

Kristine Tompkins celebrates new Argentina marine parks

Dec. 13, 2018 7:38 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — American conservationist Kristine Tompkins said Thursday that the creation of Argentina's first marine national parks is a milestone that gets it close to meeting its U.N. recommended goal for 2020. Argentina's Congress on Wednesday approved the "Yaganes" and "Namuncura-Banco...

Court tosses permit for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

Dec. 13, 2018 5:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail, was thrown out Thursday by a federal appeals court that harshly criticized regulators for approving the proposal. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Plan would keep about 1,000 bears in northwest Montana

Dec. 10, 2018 7:04 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife commissioners adopted a grizzly bear conservation plan Monday that would maintain the largest population of the bruins in the Lower 48 at roughly current numbers even if the species loses its federal protections. The plan sets a target of at least 800 grizzlies...

2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization, Treasury

Dec. 4, 2018 6:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas Tuesday seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Treasury Department and dozens of other entities as part of a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. The flurry of...

$7M raised for visitor center at Ohio national park

Dec. 2, 2018 11:15 AM EST

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Officials say more than 550 individuals, foundations and corporations and a not-for-profit group have raised $7 million for Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) Valley National Park's new visitor center. The Boston Mill Visitor Center is set to open in the fall of 2019 in Boston Township,...

Utah say goodbye to $1 million for parks during '13 shutdown

Dec. 1, 2018 3:13 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah leaders are resigned to the fact that they are likely to never be repaid the nearly $1 million the state spent in 2013 to keep its popular national parks open during a government shutdown. It would take an act of Congress to get repaid, and Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop...

After car strikes its legs, elephant fatally stomps driver

Nov. 29, 2018 7:39 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A man was killed by a wild elephant after his speeding car hit the animal near a national park in northeastern Thailand, police said Thursday. Police Lt. Col. Kemchat Paedkaew said the accident occurred at dusk Wednesday on a small road that has signs telling drivers to beware of wild...

Virunga National Park says ranger killed in militia attack

Nov. 28, 2018 2:29 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A wildlife park in eastern Congo that is home to critically endangered mountain gorillas says a park ranger has been killed after an attack by armed militia at a ranger post on Lake Edward. Virunga National Park said the situation has been stabilized and an investigation into...

Plan seeks to designate Route 66 as National Historic Trail

Nov. 28, 2018 12:07 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new proposal moving through Congress seeks to designate Route 66, the highway that connected Chicago to Los Angeles and was once an economic driver for small towns across a post-World War II United States, as a National Historic Trail. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Jim Inhofe...