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October 24, 2014
National Parks Celebrate Bat Week
Oct. 26 - Nov. 1 has been designated as National Bat Week. During this week, parks are encouraged to focus on the many contributions bats make to the various ecosystems in our national parks. In support of National Bat Week, the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate has developed a webpage dedicated to bats (link in title). Nearly all of our National Park units contain bats, and the new webpage introduces visitors to bats and their importance throughout the park system. From this page, visitors can access park-specific sites about bats as well as information about White-Nose Syndrome, a disease that is devastating certain bat populations and spreading across North America.
April 16, 2014
High-resolution permafrost modeling in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and Denali National Park and Preserve
The National Park Service Central Alaska Inventory and Monitoring Network has published two new permafrost modeling reports from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and Denali National Park and Preserve. The authors, Santosh K. Panda, Sergey S. Marchenko and Vladimir E. Romanovsky modeled the presence or absence of near-surface permafrost, temperature at the bottom of seasonal freeze-thaw layer and thickness of seasonal freeze-thaw layer within the parks. The project resulted in maps with a much finer resolution than previously existed. The maps show the impact of changing climate on near-surface permafrost temperature and its distribution and how it may evolve in the future with changing climate. The maps also identify (vulnerable) sites at higher risk of permafrost thawing, with concurrent changes in wildlife habitats and populations allowing park managers to make informed decision on resource management and design of monitoring programs.
February 05, 2014
New Video: Managing Natural & Cultural Resources
Join us on a journey to Gettysburg National Military Park, a place where the National Park Service works hard to preserve our national cultural heritage. See the historic battlefields and listen to why it is so important to protect them for future generations.
January 06, 2014
New Climate Change Videos
Learn about the science behind climate change, how it is effecting our national parks, and how the Park Service is responding. Watch videos on a variety of climate change topics such as citizen science, sea-level rise, glaciers, and more!
August 06, 2013
New Climate Change Subject Site
Discover how climate change is affecting our nation's treasures, what the National Park Service is doing about it, and how you can help.
June 28, 2013
World Listening Day
World Listening Day is July 18, 2013. Join the National Park Service in celebrating the practice of listening to natural soundscapes in national parks across the country.
June 17, 2013
New National Natural Landmarks
Secretary Salazar has officially designated two new National Natural Landmark (NNL) sites and significantly increased the size of an existing site. Wade Tract Preserve, Georgia and Zumwalt Prairie, Oregon have joined the ranks of significant natural areas, bringing the total number of NNLs across the country to 596. Garden Park Fossil Area in Colorado has been expanded from 40 acres to approximately 3,200 acres.
June 11, 2013
June is National Oceans Month
Join the National Park Service (NPS) in celebrating National Oceans Month! Visit one of the the 85 ocean and coastal parks, or learn how the NPS is working to conserve and restore this important part of our natural heritage and see how you can get involved!