President Trump donates salary to help repair national monuments

U.S. 08/15/20, 05:23

President Donald Trump on Friday, Aug. 14, announced that he is donating his quarterly salary to the National Park Service for the restoration of "our GREAT National Monuments." “I promised YOU I would not take a dime of salary as your President. I donate the entire $400,000!” the president tweeted with ...

Report finds Grand Canyon tourists buoyed nearby communities

U.S. 05/29/19, 00:06

A new report from the National Park Service says areas surrounding the Grand Canyon benefited last year from millions of tourism dollars.Grand Canyon National Park officials say the report found the 6.3 million people who visited in 2018 spent $947 million in communities near the park.They say that spending helped ...

Yellowstone National Park visitors spent $513M in 2018

Business 05/28/19, 13:37

A federal report shows visitors to Yellowstone National Park spent nearly $513 million in neighboring communities last year.The report last week from the National Park Service indicates the spending by the park's 4.1 million visitors supported nearly 7,100 jobs in the area in 2018.According to the report, the more than ...

Reintroduced California condors could reach Oregon

Enviroment 04/05/19, 16:02

A plan to reintroduce the California condor to the Redwood National Forest could mean the giant raptors will eventually repopulate Oregon's Rogue Valley as well, a newspaper reported Friday.Northern California's Yurok Tribe, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently issued a detailed plan for the ...

Creeping floodwaters threaten Washington’s cherry blossoms

U.S. 04/03/19, 15:50

Washington's cherry blossom season has gone well this year, thanks to warm weather that has coincided perfectly with the annual blooming that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each spring.But officials are claiming that Washington's iconic trees are under a looming threat that requires emergency action.Decades of wear and tear ...

Pearl Harbor memorial to remain closed through the summer

U.S. 03/28/19, 23:15

Repairs to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor are expected to keep the dock closed through the summer.The National Park Service has awarded a $2.1 million contract for repairs that are expected to be completed in time for the next Dec. 7, 1941, remembrance service, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Grand Teton National Park pursuing disputed cell-tower build

U.S. 03/13/19, 14:45

People who have long been critical of a plan to put more cell towers in Grant Teton National Park are getting the opportunity to officially weigh in on the project.Grand Teton National Park in western Wyoming seeks thoughts from the public on plans for a new network of cell towers ...

Grand Canyon chief isn’t back after being cleared in inquiry

U.S. 03/05/19, 20:26

The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park has not returned to her job nearly a month after being cleared of accusations that she created a hostile work environment, improperly disciplined an employee and wasted park resources.Christine Lehnertz was reassigned in October while investigators from the Interior Department's Office of Inspector ...

Head of Grand Canyon cleared of undisclosed allegations

U.S. 02/08/19, 14:27

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 General looked into undisclosed allegations against her.In an email to ...

Shutdown: NY airports back to normal, park sites not so much

New York 01/26/19, 14:18

New York airports forced to cut down flights during the government shutdown returned to normal Saturday, but some museums and historical sites run by the National Park Service remain shuttered as officials scramble to bring back staff. Flights at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports that had been restricted landed and took off ...

Park Service to tap into entrance fees to keep operating

Politics 01/06/19, 16:09

The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown. P. Daniel Smith, deputy director of the service, said in a statement Sunday that the money would be ...

Visitor dies at Yosemite National Park during shutdown

U.S. 01/04/19, 16:41

A man died after falling into a river at Yosemite National Park on Christmas Day, the National Park Service said Friday.The man apparently slipped down Silver Apron, a large, sloping granite area above Nevada Fall, and suffered a head injury, government spokesman Andrew Munoz said in a statement. The ongoing ...

Survivors gathering at Pearl Harbor for attack remembrance

U.S. 12/07/18, 09:07

About 20 survivors are gathering at Pearl Harbor to remember thousands of men lost in the Japanese attack 77 years ago. The youngest of the survivors is in his mid-90s. The Navy and National Park Service will jointly host the remembrance ceremony Friday at a grassy site overlooking the water and ...

Southern California fire scorches huge swath of public lands

U.S. 11/15/18, 00:44

Southern Californians faced with the loss of lives and homes in a huge wildfire are also grappling with the destruction of public lands popular with hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers.In this Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 photo, a charred rabbit that survived the fast moving Woolsey wildfire sits still in ...

Justices sound favorable to Alaska hunter with hovercraft

U.S. 11/05/18, 13:39

The Supreme Court sounds skeptical of the National Park Service's authority to prevent an Alaskan moose hunter from using his motorized rubber boat to access remote areas of the state. The justices heard arguments Monday in a case that tests the limits of the federal government's authority in a state in ...

Grand Canyon chief being investigated, will be reassigned

U.S. 10/23/18, 19:26

The superintendent at the Grand Canyon will be reassigned amid a federal investigation into undisclosed allegations, the National Park Service said Tuesday, marking the latest upheaval at one of the country's most popular national parks.Investigators from the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General arrived at the park this week to ...

Officials broach idea of charging for National Mall protests

Politics 10/13/18, 01:28

The National Park Service is exploring whether to require protest organizers to pay for the cost of providing law enforcement and other support services for demonstrations held in the nation's capital.The proposed rule also could shrink a significant portion of the sidewalk outside the White House that is accessible to ...

63-year-old hiker missing in Kings Canyon park in California

U.S. 09/30/18, 22:02

Authorities are searching for a 63-year-old hiker missing for two days in a rugged area of Kings Canyon National Park in California.The National Park Service says Diane Salmon was last seen Friday while hiking with two family members on the Bishop Pass Trail in Dusy Basin, at an elevation of ...

2 wolves moved from mainland to Isle Royale National Park

Science 09/27/18, 15:26

Officials have relocated two gray wolves from the mainland to Isle Royale National Park, kicking off a multiyear effort to restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain.The National Park Service says a 4-year-old female and a 5-year-old male were flown to the park Wednesday from the Grand ...

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