New species of scorpion found in Death Valley National Park

March 26, 2012, 6:55 am
A doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, discovers the tiny Wernerius inyoensis during a nighttime search of the park. Don't worry, Angelenos: The elusive species may live underground and is likely to be found in dry, sandy habitats. Even in territory as well-traversed as California, biologists can ...

Grand Canyon Packing Tip: Bring a Reusable Water Bottle

Bottled water is not available for purchase in Grand Canyon National Park. In order to reduce plastics in the park's waste stream, litter along trails and walkways and greenhouse gas emissions, Grand Canyon National Park eliminated the sale of water packaged in individual disposable containers in March 2012. Designated water ...

Zion Packing Tip: Bring a Reusable Water Bottle

To reduce waste, the sale of disposable plastic water bottles is prohibited in Zion Canyon. Help with this initiative by bringing a reusable water bottle with you and using it after you leave. There are several water bottle filling stations located throughout the park at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, ...

National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. Celebrates 100 Years

March 12, 2012, 11:34 am
The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. is going above and beyond this spring to mark 100 years of beautiful blooms. This year the festival is extending from two weeks to six weeks from March 20 to April 27. The projected 2012 Peak Bloom—when 70 percent of the flowers ...

The mystery of Death Valley's missing pupfish

March 12, 2012, 8:02 am
The Devil's Hole pupfish is arguably one of the cooler species around. These tiny iridescent blue fish, just a bit over an inch long, live in one place only, a deep pool in the Amargosa Valley of west Nevada, in a place called Ash Meadows, an outpost of California's ...

Friends of the Smokies license tags available again

February 21, 2012, 11:32 am
North Carolina motorists can once again show their support for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a license tag featuring the familiar black bear. “We’re excited that the bear is back,” said Holly Demuth, North Carolina director of Friends of the Smokies. New sales of the popular Friends of the ...

Bald eagles return to Cuyahoga Valley National Park

February 8, 2012, 10:46 am
Bald eagles are back in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The park reported that two adult birds were spotted Monday engaged in nesting activities in the Pinery Narrows area north of state Route 82 between Summit and Cuyahoga counties, and the immediate area around the nest is again off limits ...

New national monument could add to Great Basin’s scenic spaces

February 8, 2012, 10:42 am
On a quiet swath of land in Morongo Valley, wildflowers, boulders and sky stretch for miles. Water trickles down a hill, coating the pebbles below with moss. The Little Morongo Canyon area is designated as federal wilderness area, but its designation leaves it vulnerable to competing interests. Conservationists and a slew ...

Celebrate African American History Month at National Lands

Martin Luther King, Jr. National MonumentHonor African American History Month in the best way possible. Learn about places and people significant to African American history through stories directly from the lands.

Richmond National Battlefield Park Will Expand

February 3, 2012, 6:53 am
By Virginia Business Federal funds totaling $4 million will be used to expand Richmond National Battlefield Park by 385 acres. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced plans for the park expansion at a town hall meeting in Richmond examining the importance of the area’s history in attracting tourists. Virginia is ...

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