National Parks

5:00am

Fri July 4, 2014
Environment

As RMNP Summer Visitation Peaks, Flood Damage Remains Visible

A washed out section of Old Fall River Road, which has yet to be repaired since September's flooding.
Rocky Mountain National Park

5:23am

Mon May 26, 2014
Fine Art

From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks

Yellowstone serigraphs, circa 1939.
Courtesy of Doug Leen and the Interior Museum

If you've ever been to a national park and stopped off in the gift shop, you may have seen drawings of iconic park sights for sale as posters or post cards. The brightly colored print reproductions showcase the parks' impressive vistas, such as Yellowstone's Old Faithful geyser and the Grand Canyon's overlooks.

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11:31am

Thu March 6, 2014
The Salt

How Yosemite Keeps Its Bears' Paws Off Campers' Hamburgers

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 12:33 pm

Researcher Jack Hopkins used barbed-wire snares to collect hair samples from bears in Yosemite. Analysis of isotope ratios in hair samples showed how much of the bears' diets came from human food.
Courtesy of Jack Hopkins

One of the great joys of camping out in a national park is chowing down by the fire. But campers aren't the only ones drawn to burgers and s'mores roasting over an open flame, beneath a mass of twinkling stars.

Those rich aromas can also prove irresistible to the local critters. From bears to foxes to coyotes, biologists have documented wildlife getting irrevocably hooked on our food and food waste. And for good reason: Our food is way more calorie-rich — and thus, better for making babies — than the standard black bear fare of insects and leaves.

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8:00am

Sat February 15, 2014
Politics

Support For Renewable Energy, Conservation May Help 2014 Candidates

The Colorado River running through Colorado as it appeared in July, 2010.
Rennett Stowe Fickr - Creative Commons

10:56am

Fri October 11, 2013
Shutdown

Some States Allowed To Reopen National Parks — And Foot The Bill

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:16 pm

Dawn at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park is a favorite moment for photographers from all over the world. They'll soon be able to return to the park, given Utah's deal with the Interior Department to fund park operations.
Courtesy of Wanda Gayle

"This is a godsend!" exclaimed Utah Gov. Gary Herbert late Thursday night, as he signed an agreement with the Department of the Interior to use state funds to reopen eight national park areas in his state for at least 10 days.

The Republican governor wasted no time in wiring $1.67 million to Washington overnight so that some of the areas can open as early as today. Rangers and other National Park Service employees will staff the parks as usual.

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