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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


(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 »

National Park Service Bans Drones

Agency says it's concerned about safety

(Newser) - If you were planning on bringing a drone to any of the national parks in the US, think again: The National Park Service is banning them from all sites under its jurisdiction. Officials say it's all about safety and noise complaints, and making sure that animals don't get... More »

Sacred American Indian Site Harmed With Feds' OK

Officials ignored laws at Effigy Mounds monument: investigation

(Newser) - Over the course of a decade, one of the most sacred American Indian burial sites saw $3 million in construction—and though the projects were illegal, National Park Service officials approved them, the AP reports. Construction of trails and boardwalks at Effigy Mounds National Monument, in Iowa, required tribal approval... More »

Herd of Hybrid Bison on Rampage in Grand Canyon

Officials trying to figure out what to do about it

(Newser) - There's a menace on the loose in the Grand Canyon, and it is very large, and very hairy. A herd of between 350 and 450 hybrid bison are running amok in the area, federal and state park officials revealed at a news conference yesterday, announcing a series of public... More »

Shutdown Scuppers KKK Rally

No Gettysburg address for white supremacists

(Newser) - Looks like the government shutdown has a silver lining some men in white hoods won't be happy about: A planned Ku Klux Klan rally at Gettysburg National Military Park is among the events at the Civil War battlefield that have been called off because of the budget stalemate, NBC... More »

Vets Storm Barricaded WWII Memorial

They're not taking your shutdown baloney, dear Congress

(Newser) - The World War II Memorial in Washington is currently barricaded, thanks to the government shutdown, but that didn't stop a group of WWII vets from entering it today. The group, part of an honor flight program from Mississippi, had chartered an airplane and made plans too far in advance... More »

Early Shutdown Layoff: Poison Ivy-Gobbling Goats

Owner removed goats before NJ park shuttered

(Newser) - The government shutdown means furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal workers, but work ended early for 28 hard-working and four-legged National Park Service employees. The Nubian goats, which spent the summer munching away at a poison ivy infestation in New Jersey's Gateway National Recreation Area, were pulled off... More »

Love Yosemite? Leave it Alone

New plan to protect the park will cut facilities like bike rentals and rafting

(Newser) - The National Park Service is under pressure to help protect and restore the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. The catch: those who love it most will be able to use it less. The Park Service wants to remove horse, bicycle, and raft rental facilities, as well as swimming pools... More »

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