National Park Service

The National Park Service Wednesday announced it will allow Native Americans to gather plants on federal land managed by the agency.

  The National Park Service wants to increase entrance fees to pay for park improvements.

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If you enjoy hiking in the pristine Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington's Cascade mountains, then a package of bills moving through Congress applies to you.

They'll make sure you can continue visiting for years and years to come. The Alpine Lakes area is actually one of dozens across the country affected by this package of bills. Senator Patty Murray says these lands are crucial.

"Designating these will make sure that they are managed and protected into the future and can't be sold of or used in ways that don't allow the public to use them," Murray said.

Stacey Camp

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 government officials rounded up Japanese Americans and sent them to harsh, ill-equipped camps. Now, the National Park Service has announced $3 million in new grants to help preserve that important history. One Northwest archeologist is working to keep a remote Idaho site on the map. 


Idaho Man Gets 9 Months Hard Time For Rock Theft

Apr 21, 2014
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A man who supplied decorative stone to Boise-area lawns was sentenced to nine months in prison for rock theft. Turns out, the sandstone he sold to landscapers came from federal land. Idaho’s U.S. attorney says it’s an important case, even though the stolen goods were only worth $1,500.

According to a National Park Service report, towns around national parks lost an estimated $414 million during the partial government shutdown last October.

From Crater Lake to Mt. Rainier, visitors wasted no time returning to the Northwest’s national parks and monuments.

The National Park Service Thursday tried to sort out confusion among motorists about the extent of the partial government shutdown: State highways crossing federal land remain open to thru traffic.

The effects of the partial federal government shutdown are rippling across the Northwest.

Closed national parks will be one of the first visible effects of the partial government shutdown expected to begin Tuesday. National forest and BLM campgrounds will also close.

Park Service Investigates What Led Ranger To Shoot Boater

Sep 17, 2013

The National Park Service is investigating what led a park ranger to shoot a man at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area near Kettle Falls in eastern Washington over the weekend.

Mt. Rainier Rescues Will Take Longer

Jul 25, 2013

Mount Rainier park rangers are warning it may take longer than usual to rescue stranded climbers.

Northwest News Network

Automatic budget cuts could affect your vacation plans. That’s because the U.S. Department of Interior says those cuts will reduce what national parks can spend if Congress doesn’t come to an agreement by Friday.

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Some Northwest history buffs say a newly designated historic landmark in California does not settle a heated debate over where a British explorer landed more than four centuries ago. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar named a site north of San Francisco as the possible landing spot of Sir Francis Drake.

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Apparently Northwesterners are not afraid of heights and have a yen for adventure. We draw that conclusion because the industry of zip line tours and aerial adventure parks is booming in the Northwest right now. Within the past couple years, fully a dozen commercial zip line attractions have opened in Oregon, Washington and Idaho... not counting at least twelve more in British Columbia and Alaska. The revenue potential has some municipal parks departments looking to add spendy zip line attractions in public parks. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Eatonville, Washington.

Department of Energy

Washington state played a key role in helping the U.S. develop nuclear weapons. The Department of Energy hails the Hanford site as an “engineering marvel.” It was the first large scale plutonium production facility in the world and was erected in a mere thirteen months. Now lawmakers want to make part of the site a national park, along with nuclear facilities in Tennessee and New Mexico.

Every summer millions of Americans take to the open road and head to National Parks. But some road warriors are louder than others. Motorcycles are one of the largest contributors to noise pollution in the parks. EarthFix's Ashley Ahearn reports.

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There are more mountain goats in Olympic National Park than there have been for the past 20 years. That’s according to a new report released today by the US Geological Survey. Ashley Ahearn reports.