Latest National parks News

Kansas' newest state park opens in Logan County

Oct. 18, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jim McGuire grew up playing in the Logan County Niobrara Chalk formation known as Little Jerusalem, crawling across the rolling rock towers and carving his name into the rock alongside scrawled names and dates from supposed Civil War soldiers. For four generations, the stretch of land...

Utah leaders ask park service to reconsider allowing ATVs

Oct. 17, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials in a large tourist community have asked the National Park Service to reconsider allowing all-terrain vehicles and other off-road vehicles inside the parks. Grand County leaders passed a resolution Tuesday to ask park officials to reevaluate the order, The Salt Lake...

Grizzly cubs killed on Montana railroad tracks, deaths mount

Oct. 17, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Two grizzly bear cubs have been killed on railroad tracks in northwestern Montana, driving the number of bear deaths toward last year's record level for the region. State wildlife officials say the two cubs, one female and the other of unknown sex, were found along the tracks near...

APNewsBreak: Skeleton unearthed beneath California peak

Oct. 16, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The climbers were closing in on the top of California's second-highest peak when they came upon the grisly discovery of what looked like a bone buried in a boulder field. Closer inspection revealed a fractured human skull. Tyler Hofer and his climbing partner moved rocks aside and...

Forest Service, Colorado county to hire enforcement officers

Oct. 16, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado county has announced plans to collaborate with a federal forest agency to create and fill two wildlife enforcer positions. Aspen Daily News reports that Pitkin County commissioners agreed Tuesday to form a $100,000 contract with the U.S. Forest Service to create two full-time...

Bust of Orville Wright found on North Carolina beach

Oct. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says a bust of Orville Wright that was stolen from the Wright Brothers National Memorial on the North Carolina coast has been found. A news release from the park service Tuesday says a visitor to the beach at Kill Devil Hills called authorities in...

Alaska's Denali National Park allows e-bikes on road, trails

Oct. 15, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Denali National Park and Preserve rule change allows electronically assisted bikes anywhere that traditional bicycles are permitted in, officials said. The National Park Service issued the e-bike directive at the end of August, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Monday. The...

Feds propose opening biggest national forest to logging

Oct. 15, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments on a proposal that would exempt the country's largest national forest, in southeast Alaska, from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas. This option is listed as the preferred alternative by the agency in a draft...

Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees

Oct. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday to the state's Fish and Game Commission. The petition comes amid rising...

Florida black bears on the move, preparing for winter

Oct. 14, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Black bears are on the move in Southwest Florida, roaming the land in search of high-calorie vittles to pack on the pounds for the coming winter months. The News-Press reports the fall is generally when bear activity ramps up in Florida. The state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation...