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Park Service Releases Official Inauguration Images

They show a bigger crowd at Obama's

(Newser) - The very first spat between the Trump White House and the media occurred over differing estimates of his Inauguration Day crowd. Well, the National Park Service has released its official photos , along with images from the Obama inaugurations, and the current president may not be thrilled. They "clearly show... More »

Trump Called Park Service to Demand Crowd Photos: Sources

He wanted to prove media wrong, sources say

(Newser) - President Trump may not have had the biggest inauguration crowd in history, but he may have made a bigger fuss about media coverage of it than any of his predecessors. Sources tell the Washington Post and CNN that on Saturday morning—the first morning of his presidency—Trump contacted Michael... More »

Government Twitter Accounts Are Continuing to Go Rogue

Even the Department of Defense is getting in on it

(Newser) - Taking a cue from Badlands National Park, which tweeted out a series of now-deleted facts about climate change Tuesday, a number of other parks and government agencies are tweeting in subtle resistance to President Trump, the AP reports. Redwood National Park tweeted that redwood groves are the best way to... More »

National Park Stands Up to Trump's 'Gag Order'

Badlands National Park spent Tuesday tweeting climate change facts

(Newser) - As President Trump puts "gag orders" on federal agencies, including the EPA and USDA, pockets of defiance are appearing. On Tuesday, someone running the Twitter account for South Dakota's Badlands National Park—part of the National Park Service—started tweeting facts about climate change, Vanity Fair reports. Those... More »

After Dig at Trump, Interior Dept Ordered to Stop Tweeting

'Urgent directive' was issued from DC

(Newser) - The Interior Department was ordered to stop tweeting from all its official accounts Friday after two posts from the National Park Service that seemed to criticize the new administration. One tweet illustrated the big difference in turnout between President Obama's 2009 inauguration and Friday's more lightly attended event... More »

Yellowstone’s Arsenic Gets Park Service Sued

By a tiny Montana sewer authority left holding the bag

(Newser) - There's a rumble brewing in the wilds of Montana, but the unlikely parties involved aren't slinging guns so much as heading for court. The Gardiner Water and Sewer Treatment District is suing none other than the National Park Service, reports Courthouse News Service , and it's over less-than-pristine... More »

Major Glitch in Plans for DC Protests on, Near Inauguration Day

Women's march set for Lincoln's Memorial must change locale

(Newser) - Anyone planning to attend the Women's March in Washington on the day after the inauguration may need to look out for updates. The original location for the event—which has been widely publicized on Facebook (138,000 or so saying they'll be "going," another 227,000... More »

10 Least Visited National Parks

Alaska has a few

(Newser) - The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week, and you can mark the occasion by visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which spans North Carolina and Tennessee. With 10 million annual visitors, it is by far the most visited of all the national parks, notes National Geographic... More »

Burt's Bees Founder Sees a Dream Fulfilled in Maine

Land she donated becomes a national monument

(Newser) - President Obama on Wednesday created a new national monument in northern Maine on 87,000 acres donated by the co-founder of Burt's Bees, fulfilling conservationist Roxanne Quimby's goal of gifting the land during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the AP reports. The Katahdin Woods and... More »

Graffiti Defaces National Park Trail

It's at New River Gorge in West Virginia

(Newser) - Long Point Trail in West Virginia's New River Gorge offers spectacular vistas of the mountains, the namesake river, and now, the affection of "AW" and "TK." National Park Service officials are looking for the person responsible for spray-painting "AW (heart) TK" on a rock located... More »

Parks Service Accidentally Destroys Historic Pearl Harbor Home

Whoops

(Newser) - The National Park Service is blaming the improper demolition of a historic building at Pearl Harbor on a lack of understanding and training, the AP reports. The Park Service launched an investigation after discovering the mistake earlier this year. The federal agency found officials did not consult historic preservation authorities... More »

NPS Director: 'Zero Tolerance' for Sexual Misconduct at Parks

Park Service getting serious about sex harassment after Grand Canyon, Canaveral cases

(Newser) - Two well-publicized patterns of misconduct that went ignored for years now have the National Park Service hammering hard on a "zero tolerance" culture when it comes to sexual harassment—and Director Jonathan Jarvis isn't mincing words. Per the Washington Post , Jarvis sent an email Wednesday to about 22,... More »

Denali Hunting Grizzly After Hiker Attack

'Erratic' juvenile bear has had multiple incidents with hikers, won't be scared off

(Newser) - A young grizzly bear at Denali National Park will be put down after an attack that sent a hiker to the hospital, the National Park Service says. The bear, estimated to be between 2 and 5 years old, charged a group on the Savage Alpine Trail on Friday, reports CNN... More »

Admission to National Parks Free for a Week

No cash needed April 16-24 to celebrate NPS' 100th anniversary

(Newser) - The National Park Service turns 100 this year, and to celebrate, the NPS is waiving entry fees to its national parks all of next week, Time reports. National Park Week runs April 16 through April 24, thanks to a joint effort by the NPS and National Park Foundation. "We... More »

Women Confront Ugly Realities in America's Most Beautiful Places

Sexual harassment and worse inside the country's park services

(Newser) - The Huffington Post has a harrowing look at the "troubling history of hostility toward women" within the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and state parks and wildlife departments. That history, which continues to this day, includes rape jokes, up-skirt photos, threats of sexual assault, and revenge against any... More »

Sex Scandal Lurks at Grand Canyon: Report

Park Service employees describe sexual harassment on river trips

(Newser) - Deep inside the Grand Canyon, on river trips that stretch for weeks, National Park Service workers sexually preyed on their female colleagues, a federal investigation found. The Department of the Interior's Inspector General's report Tuesday was prompted by a 2014 complaint accusing the Grand Canyon National Park's... More »

The Feds Have a Cool Gig for Ansel Adams Wannabes

The pay for this National Park Service photography job sounds decent, too

(Newser) - "Do you want to be Ansel Adams?" That's how the Connecticut Post dresses up what initially sounds like a boring federal job with the National Park Service. The USA Jobs listing for "Photographer, GS-1060-11/12 (1564575)" at first sounds like just another gig toiling for The Man in... More »

Don't Toke on Those E-Cigs in a National Park

Because they're now officially banned, for health and fire-safety reasons

(Newser) - If you have the urge to vape, you won't be doing it at Valley Forge—or at any other national park anymore, thanks to a new ban on e-cigarettes put in place yesterday by the National Park Service. Per US News & World Report , the NPS is nixing the... More »

Scientists Explore Secret Cave to Unlock Climate Mystery

Experts begin digging at Persistence Cave in South Dakota

(Newser) - Scientists have found remains of three animals at the mouth of an unexplored cave in South Dakota's Black Hills, along with other bones dating back almost 11,000 years, and are now on a mission to unearth the cave's opening, the AP reports. What they hope to find:... More »

Tourist Crashes Drone Into Yellowstone's Prized Spring

National Park Service isn't sure if geothermal basin is damaged

(Newser) - It's been a rough summer for Yellowstone. First, one of the national park's roads was closed in July because it was melting —now a tourist trying to score some pictures with his drone has accidentally crashed it into one of the area's most famous hot springs,... More »

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