The boat docks at Rainbow Bridge National Monument are closed. The National Park Service will open dock access as soon as the docks are safe. It is possible repairs will last through the weekend. https://www.nps.gov/glca/learn/news/rainbow-bridge-dock-access-closed-aug-26-2016.htm
August 24, 2016 – The LA Times reports, “The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has rejected a controversial solar plant proposed for the Mojave Desert’s Soda Mountains, citing concerns that the project would destroy habitat and block ancient trails used by bighorn sheep for thousands of years. …
EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – A review of fire behavior has concluded the Bureau of Land Management’s fuels management program helped firefighters contain a fire that threatened homes in Cameron Park.
The BLM Mother Lode Field Office attributes the small size of the Aug. 15 Park Wildfire off Meder Road to the quick response of CAL FIRE and a fuels management program that established a 100-foot-wide fuel break two years ago….
A Lake Powell houseboater died while attempting to rescue her two-year old son, who had fallen overboard, on August 23. The cause of death is presumed to be drowning, but is pending coroner’s confirmation. This is the sixth fatality in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area this year….
A dead bat found recently near Lees Ferry tested positive for rabies. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area staff received five reports of dead bats near Lees Ferry so far in 2016; this is the first bat to test positive for rabies….
DEATH VALLEY, CA –Southern California Edison (SCE) responded quickly to provide backup electricity during Death Valley National Park’s fourth power outage of the summer. This power outage had minimal impacts to park visitors….
Chief Ranger Jeff Ohlfs will be retiring on August 31 after 32 years with the National Park Service (NPS), having worked for the agency one third of its existence. He has served at Joshua Tree for 26 years. https://www.nps.gov/jotr/learn/news/chiefrangerretires.htm
Public comment period for Lake Powell Ferry improvements through Sept 9, 2016. https://www.nps.gov/glca/learn/news/charles-hall-ferry-improvements-public-scoping-notice.htm
Death Valley National Park has been celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service with events all year, and will continue to do so in the coming months. Events will continue during the rest of the year, including a birthday party in August and a weekend commemorating the National Historic Preservation Act in October. https://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/news/centennial-events.htm
Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this fall that explore the park’s wonderful natural and cultural histories. Program listings also are available on the park’s website, www.nps.gov/sagu, or visit us on Facebook. Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Program schedules are subject to change; visitors should call the visitor centers for updates or reservations. https://www.nps.gov/sagu/learn/news/saguaro-national-park-september-2016-guided-programs-schedule.htm