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UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

National Park Service, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe investigating site desecration

The National Park Service is investigating the desecration of an archaeological site in the North Cascades National Park Service Complex, and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe is hoping to bring …

Plan visits to national parks on free entry days

There are 62 official national parks in the United States. A series of no entry fee days help ensure that everyone has a chance to visit one of them.

Trump asks for military tanks on the Mall as part of grandiose July Fourth event

National Park Service acting director P. Daniel Smith faces plenty of looming priorities this summer, from an $11 billion backlog in maintenance needs to natural disasters like the recent wildfire …

Trump names career official to lead National Park Service

President Donald Trump on Friday named the superintendent of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park to head the National Park Service, a job that has been filled on an acting basis …

Yellowstone park boss says retirement isn’t tied to politics

Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent said Friday that he plans to retire next year from a job he called “the best in the National Park Service” and dismissed speculation that the …

Glacier National Park’s Sperry Chalet rebuild on an aggressive timeline

It took 103 years for Glacier National Park’s Sperry Chalet to succumb to the elements. It’s going to take just over two years to restore its glory – weather permitting.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

U.S. national parks to slash number of free days for visitors

National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks’ …

Zinke defends monument reductions, supports Badger-Two Medicine monument proposal in Montana

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended President Donald Trump’s decision to shrink or modify several national monuments, saying Tuesday that opponents were lying about the real power of the federal Antiquities …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017

State attorneys general bash plan to hike national park fees

A group of state attorneys general on Wednesday urged the National Park Service to scrap its proposal to more than double the entrance fee at 17 popular national parks.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Washington Gov. Inslee writes letter of opposition to national park hike proposal

Gov. Jay Inslee says that a National Park Service plan to impose steep increases in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks would hurt rural counties in Washington …

Democrats condemn proposed fee hikes at national parks

Democratic senators are harshly criticizing a National Park Service plan to impose steep increases in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone …

U.S. considers higher entry fees at 17 popular national parks

The National Park Service is floating a steep increase in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, mostly in the West, to address a backlog of maintenance and …

Rainbow flag flies at U.S. monument, but not on federal land

Gay rights activists who worked to get a rainbow flag installed permanently at the newly created Stonewall National Monument are upset the National Park Service says the flag isn’t actually …

Exum Ridge gives aging Alpinists a shot at topping the Grand Teton

The Tetons are among America’s most inspiring mountains and, over the years, they’ve exerted a powerful gravitational pull on my group of friends. One by one, we’ve scaled some of …

Wanted: Volunteer shooters to thin Grand Canyon bison herd

The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun …

Idaho man dies on private boating trip on Colorado River

Authorities at Grand Canyon National Park say an Idaho man has died while on a private boating trip on the Colorado River.

When will DC’s famed cherry trees bloom? Find out Wednesday

The predicted peak blooming period for this year’s cherry blossom season in Washington will be announced this week. The window is expected to be announced Wednesday at a press conference …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017

Graffiti found at 3 popular monuments in Washington, DC

The National Park Service says graffiti has been found at the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial.

Trump sought Park Service proof of crowd claim

On the morning after Donald Trump’s inauguration, acting National Park Service director Michael Reynolds received an extraordinary summons: The new president wanted to talk to him. In a Saturday phone …

Park Service workers’ step up campaign against Trump

The National Park Service employees’ Twitter campaign against President Donald Trump spread to other parks on Wednesday, with tweets on climate change and a reminder that Japanese Americans were forcibly …

National Park Service tweeting again after suspension

The Interior Department began tweeting again Saturday, a day after an employee shared tweets that appeared unsympathetic to President Donald Trump and prompted a temporary, department-wide freeze on tweeting from …

Park service blocking Trump inauguration protests, lawyers say

Civil rights attorneys in Washington say they’ll take the National Park Service to court unless the agency grants permits to groups seeking to protest the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

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Mountain lion in wildlife study killed on California freeway

A mountain lion that was part of a Southern California wildlife study has been struck and killed on a Los Angeles-area freeway.

Japanese battleship flag donated at Pearl Harbor

A Japanese navy flag that flew on the battleship of the man who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor was donated Thursday to the National Park Service.

Historic recognition: George Washington’s family tree is biracial

The National Park Service and the nonprofit that runs George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate are concluding that the rumors were true: In separate exhibits, they show that the first family’s …

Yellowstone celebrates Park Service centennial, despite wildfires

Popular areas in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks were welcoming tourists Thursday for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, but a wildfire forced some people to drive …

Mosquitos are bad this year at Lake Roosevelt, park service says

It’s a bad year for mosquitos at Lake Roosevelt, and the National Park Service wants visitors to be prepared.

Yellowstone on track for another record visitation year

Yellowstone National Park has welcomed more than 1.4 million visitors this year, a 10 percent increase over the same time in 2015.

Park Service considers visitor caps, expects record crowds

As the National Park Service kicks off a centennial summer expected to draw record crowds, the agency is seriously considering caps on how many people pass through some of the …