Latest National parks News

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jun. 23, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

Frankort State Journal. June 21, 2022. Editorial: County, state need to recognize Juneteenth as paid holiday President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday last year and the Frankfort City Commission followed suit, voting unanimously last June to make the...

Feds issue draft assessment that could doom Minnesota mine

Jun. 23, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service issued a draft environmental assessment Thursday to lay the foundation for a proposed 20-year moratorium on copper-nickel mining upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Formally, the proposal would “withdraw” from...

Forest Service grazing decision irks environmental group

Jun. 22, 2022 18:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved a new rule waiving fees for unauthorized grazing under some circumstances in a move blasted by an environmental group that says the agency is codifying lax enforcement. The Forest Service issued the decision this month...

Stonewall visitor center will be dedicated to LGBTQ history

Jun. 21, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A visitor center dedicated to telling the story of the LGBTQ rights movement will open next door to the Stonewall Inn, according to an announcement Tuesday by the nonprofit that will manage the center in partnership with the National Park Service. The groundbreaking...

Tribal leaders and feds reestablish Bears Ears Commission

Jun. 21, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal officials and tribal nations have formally reestablished a commission to oversee land management decisions at a national monument in Utah — among the first such joint governance agreements signed by Native Americans and U.S. officials. Leaders from...

Momentum grows for permanent protections for Caja del Rio

Jun. 20, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The convergence of culture, history and ecology on the stunning landscape of the Caja del Rio makes the rugged volcanic plateau critical to the story of New Mexico and the Pueblo and Hispano people whose ancestors have called this area home for generations, advocates say. ...

Yellowstone National Park to partly reopen after floods

Jun. 18, 2022 21:43 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park will partially reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, after catastrophic flooding destroyed bridges and roads and drove out thousands of tourists. The Park Service announced Saturday that visitors will once again be allowed on the park’s...

Mountain lion in Southern California study killed by vehicle

Jun. 18, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — A mountain lion that was part of a National Park Service study was fatally struck by a vehicle in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains along the same road where her mother was similarly killed. The adult female cougar, dubbed P-54, died Friday on...

Phoenix woman promotes outdoor recreation for girls of color

Jun. 18, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — From a young age, Raquel Gomez loved being outside. Her parents took her biking, climbing, sledding, inline skating and swimming. At 10 years old she joined the Girl Scouts and got exposed to camping. But besides the thrill of sleeping outside, singing by a campfire...

272 enslaved people sold to pay debts; exhibit tells story

Jun. 18, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) — A former Episcopal church in Donaldsonville, built in 1873 on land donated by a slave owner and Louisiana governor, is now home to a new, permanent exhibit that pays tribute to enslaved people who worked Louisiana’s sugarcane fields It will open on the...