Yellowstone to Weigh Climate Change Risks When Rebuilding From Flood

The country’s oldest national park is considering whether to route its north entrance road away from the Gardner River.

#floods, #global-warming, #montana, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #yellowstone-national-park, #yellowstone-river

New Mexico’s Largest Wildfire Was a Prescribed Burn. What Are Victims Owed?

Two prescribed burns got out of control, becoming New Mexico’s largest recorded wildfire. But experts say it’s necessary to thin forests in a region primed for destruction.

#federal-emergency-management-agency, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #national-park-service, #new-mexico, #politics-and-government, #southwestern-states-us, #wildfires

Everyone Deserves an Equal Chance for a Campsite

A booking system used by the National Park Service may be disadvantaging marginalized communities the service has worked hard to attract.

#camps-and-camping, #computers-and-the-internet, #kampgrounds-of-america, #minorities, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #summer-season, #yosemite-national-park-calif

Hiking Down to Phantom Ranch, the Grand Canyon’s ‘Destination Hotel’

The entire point of the unique place is the experience involved in getting there.

#grand-canyon-ariz, #hikes-and-hiking, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations

Body From 1980s Homicide Is Found in Barrel at Lake Mead

“It’s really odd in the sense that had the lake never receded, we would never have discovered the body,” a police lieutenant in Las Vegas said, adding that it could also lead to the discovery of other bodies.

#drought, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-park-service, #police-department-las-vegas-nev

Cherokee Nation Can Gather Sacred Plants on National Park Land

Five decades after the park service took over the Buffalo National River in Arkansas, the Cherokee can once again gather plants there to create medicine, food and supplies.

#arkansas, #cherokee-indians, #federal-lands, #flowers-and-plants, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #united-states

The Museum Ships and Submarines That Are National Landmarks 

According to the National Park Service, some 120 vessels in the United States are designated as national historic landmarks.

#aircraft-carriers, #albany-ny, #baltimore-md, #camden-nj, #charleston-sc, #fishermans-wharf-san-francisco-calif, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #honolulu-hawaii, #independence-seaport-museum, #manitowoc-wis, #marinersmuseum, #museum-of-science-and-industry-chicago, #museums, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #newport-news-va, #pearl-harbor-hawaii, #restoration-and-renovation, #submarines-and-submersibles, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states-navy, #uss-arizona-bb-39-ship, #world-war-ii-1939-45

How Disability Advocates Are Pushing to Make Hiking More Accessible

Outdoor enthusiasts with disabilities are pushing to encounter nature on their own terms, with self-written guides, better equipment and even guide dogs trained for the backcountry.

#disabilities, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #hikes-and-hiking, #house-natural-resources-committee, #national-park-service, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #service-dogs-and-other-animals, #travel-and-vacations, #wheelchairs

900 Bison at Yellowstone Are Targeted for Removal

The bison will be slaughtered, shot by hunters or relocated under a plan to address a booming population in the national park that has led to overgrazing.

#bison, #brucellosis, #cattle, #hunting-and-trapping, #montana, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #yellowstone-national-park

Wildfires in California Killed Thousands of Giant Sequoias

The past 15 months have been devastating for the majestic trees, as fires destroyed an estimated 13 to 19 percent of their population, officials said.

#california, #national-park-service, #sequoia-national-forest-calif, #sequoias, #trees-and-shrubs, #wildfires

Doctor Charged With False Report to Summon Helicopter on Denali

Federal prosecutors said the climber called rescuers to say that two other people on the mountain, the tallest in North America, were having a medical emergency. But it was a ruse.

#alaska, #anchorage-daily-news, #helicopters, #mountaineering, #national-park-service, #north-america, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rescues, #united-states, #utah

Lights Out: 5 New ‘Dark-Sky Places’ for Top-Shelf Stargazing

The International Dark-Sky Association awards certifications to sites with exceptionally high-quality night skies, including national parks, sanctuaries and reserves.

#appalachian-mountain-club, #black-gap-wildlife-management-area, #chiricahua-national-monument-az, #international-dark-sky-assn, #lighting, #mammoth-cave-national-park, #milky-way-galaxy, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pollution, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states, #watoga-state-park-w-va, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

Remains in Colorado Are Believed to Be West German Hiker Missing Since 1983

Rudi Moder, who was described as an experienced winter mountaineer, disappeared nearly 40 years ago during a skiing trip in Rocky Mountain National Park.

#colorado, #germany, #hikes-and-hiking, #missing-persons, #moder-rudi, #national-park-service, #rocky-mountain-national-park-colo

How Misinformation Threatened a Montana National Heritage Area

Civic boosters in central Montana hoped for some federal money to promote tourism. A disinformation campaign got in the way.

#american-farm-bureau-federation, #cascade-county-mont, #great-falls-mont, #great-falls-tribune, #land-use-policies, #local-government, #montana, #national-park-service, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states-politics-and-government

8 Places to Visit Along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway

With an autumnal ombré and cooler temperatures, fall is prime time for journeying along this Appalachian Mountain roadway.

#appalachian-region, #autumn-season, #blue-ridge-parkway-va, #content-type-service, #hikes-and-hiking, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #road-trips, #travel-and-vacations, #virginia

Three Men Are Charged With Approaching Bears in Alaska

The men could face up to six months in prison after entering a restricted area of Katmai National Park and Preserve in 2018.

#bears, #katmai-national-park-alaska, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas

‘America’s Oldest Park Ranger’ Is Only Her Latest Chapter

Betty Reid Soskin has fought to ensure that American history includes the stories that get overlooked. As she turns 100, few stories have been more remarkable than hers.

#black-history-continued-2021, #black-people, #national-park-service, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #soskin-betty-reid, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Gabby Petito’s Disappearance: a Timeline

The authorities said on Sept. 19 that they had found human remains consistent with a description of Ms. Petito, 22 in Wyoming. She had traveled to national parks with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. Their social media accounts provide a glimpse into their trip.

#arches-national-park-utah, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #florida, #grand-teton-national-park-wyo, #laundrie-brian, #missing-persons, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #petito-gabrielle

Sequoias Are Being Wrapped in Foil Blankets to Protect Against Wildfires

At least two wildfire complexes are threatening some of the giant sequoia groves in Central California.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #wildfires

California Wildfires Threaten Giant Sequoias

Some of the world’s largest trees are at risk after the fires were sparked by lightning last week.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #national-park-service, #sequoia-national-park, #trees-and-shrubs, #wildfires

The Tetons’ Ever-Changing Beauty: A 45 Mile Hike Through the Wyoming Range

A three-day hike through the Teton Range in northwest Wyoming offers consistently stunning — and constantly unfolding — scenery.

#camps-and-camping, #grand-teton-national-park-wyo, #hikes-and-hiking, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #rockefeller-john-d-jr, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas

Why We Need More National Parks

There are dozens of natural wonders around the country worthy of the designation.

#environment, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores

Push to Return 116,000 Native American Remains Is Long-Awaited

Changes to U.S. regulations would seek to eliminate red tape that has delayed the return of burial remains and sacred objects held by museums and other institutions.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #haaland-deb, #harvard-university, #indigenous-people, #interior-department, #museums, #national-park-service, #native-americans, #peabody-museum, #united-states-politics-and-government

What I Saw in Yosemite Was Devastating

What does it mean if we can’t protect even our protected land from climate change?

#california, #drought, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #national-park-service, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #wildfires, #yosemite-national-park-calif

Memorial Day Travel Forecast: Crowds, Traffic and Where is Our Waitress?

As Americans hit the road for the holiday, they may find things crowded, more expensive and with less staff to keep things running smoothly.

#american-automobile-assn, #american-hotel-and-lodging-assn, #automobiles, #camps-and-camping, #cape-cod-mass, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #mackinac-island-mich, #memorial-day, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #outer-banks-nc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #road-trips, #shortages, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #transportation-security-administration, #travel-and-vacations

The Meaning and History of a Controlled Burn

Wednesday: A small prescribed burn in Modoc County provided lessons on using good fires to fight bad ones.

#california, #drought, #forests-and-forestry, #national-park-service, #wildfires

What to Save? Climate Change Forces Brutal Choices at National Parks.

For decades, the core mission of the Park Service was absolute conservation. Now ecologists are being forced to do triage, deciding what to safeguard — and what to let slip away.

#acadia-national-park-me, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #wildfires

Grand Canyon Bison Hunt Draws 45,000 Applicants to Kill 12 Animals

National Park Service officials want to reduce the size of a herd that they say has damaged vegetation, archaeological sites and the water supply.

#arizona, #bison, #forests-and-forestry, #grand-canyon-national-park, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #north-america

Malcolm X’s Early Home in Boston Gets U.S. Historic Designation

The house where the civil rights leader spent formative teenage years has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

#boston-mass, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #malcolm-x, #muslims-and-islam, #nation-of-islam, #national-park-service

Bruce Springsteen to Appear in Federal Court on Drunken-Driving Charges

The singer-songwriter was expected to appear Wednesday morning by videoconference to face the charges in New Jersey.

#drunken-and-reckless-driving, #gateway-national-recreation-area, #national-park-service, #new-jersey, #obama-barack, #renegades-born-in-the-usa-radio-program, #springsteen-bruce, #super-bowl

Meet America’s 63rd National Park

The New River Gorge in West Virginia got the federal government’s highest protection, thanks, in part, to the latest pandemic relief bill.

#capito-shelley-moore, #coal, #geology, #hunting-and-trapping, #land-use-policies, #mines-and-mining, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parachutes-and-parachute-jumping, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #west-virginia

Archaeologists Discover Spot in Alaska Where Indigenous Fort Once Stood

The location of the fort, which was used by the Tlingit people to ward off Russian invaders in 1804 and was destroyed by the Russians, has eluded researchers for decades.

#alaska, #alaska-natives, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #russia

George W. Bush’s Childhood Home Eyed for National Park Service Inclusion

The home, in Midland, Texas, was part of a formative time in the shaping of the future president, historians said.

#bush-barbara, #bush-george, #bush-george-w, #bush-laura, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #midland-tex, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #united-states-politics-and-government

Wealthier, Whiter Areas Are More Likely to Get Help After Fires, Data Show

New research offers further signs that racial and economic inequality leave some Americans more exposed to the worsening effects of climate change.

#bureau-of-land-management, #environment, #forest-service, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #minorities, #national-park-service, #race-and-ethnicity, #wildfires

Everlywell raises $175 million to expand virtual care options and scale its at-home health testing

Digital health startup Everlywell has raised a $175 million Series D funding round, following relatively fast on the heels of a $25 million Series C round it closed in February of this year. The Series D included a host of new investors, including BlackRock, The Chernin Group (TCG), Foresite Capital, Greenspring Associates, Morningside Ventures and Portfolio, along with existing investors including Highland Capital Partners, which led the Series C round. The startup has now raised over $250 million to date.

Everlywell, which launched to the public at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 as a participant in Startup Battlefield, specializes in home health care, and specifically on home health care tests supported by their digital platform for providing customers with their results and helping them understand the diagnostics, and how to seek the right follow-on care and expert medical advice.

Earlier this year, Everlywell launched an at-home COVID-19 test collection kit – the first of this type of test to receive an emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its use that allowed cooperation with multiple lab service providers over time. The COVID-19 test kit joins its many other offerings, which include tests for thyroid hormone levels, food and allergen sensitivity, women’s health and fertility, vitamin D deficiency and more. I spoke to Everlywell CEO and founder Julia Cheek about the raise, and she acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic was definitely behind the decision to raise such a large amount so quickly again after the close of the Series C, since the company saw a sharp increase in demand coming out of the coronavirus crisis – not only for its COVID-19 test kit, but for at-home digital health care options in general.

“We obviously have a very successful COVID-19 test,” she said. “But we’ve also seen three-fourths of our test menu just explode at well over 100% year-over-year growth, and several of our tests are at 4x or 5x growth. That is really representative of this shift in consumer health behavior that will continue in a big way in many different verticals that include testing, and making things more convenient, digitally-enabled, and in the home.”

Like other companies built on solving for a shift to more remote and virtual care options, Cheek said that Everlywell had already anticipated this kind of consumer demand – but COVID-19 has dramatically accelerated the pace of change, which is why the startup put together this round, at this size, this quickly (she says they started the process of putting together the Series D just in September).

“We’ve been talking about the digital health movement, and the consumer-directed movement probably for a decade now,” she told me. “I do believe that this will be the watershed moment, unfortunately. But hopefully, we will come out on the other side of the pandemic and say, ‘There are some good things that happened broadly for healthcare.’ That is the hope of what we lean into everyday, and  fundamentally, why we went out and raised this amount of capital in this tremendous growth year.”

Image Credits: Everlywell

Everlywell has also expanded availability of its products this year, with distribution in over 10,000 retail locations across Target, Walgreens, CVS and Kroger stores across the U.S. The company also landed a number of new partnerships on the diagnostic lab and insurance payer side, as well as with major employers – a key customer group since employers shoulder the largest share of healthcare spending in the U.S. due to employee benefit plans. Cheek says that despite their commercial and enterprise customer wins, the focus remains squarely on consumer satisfaction, which is what distinguishes their offering.

“Our COVID-19 test is 75% new people buying our product, and it has an NPS [net promoter score] of 75,” she said. “And then it’s the most highly-referred product, and also one of our top tests where people buy other tests. Experience matters here – we know that if someone is a promoter of Everlywell, if they rate us a nine or a 10, on NPS, they are five times more likely to purchase again on the platform.”

That’s not new for Everlywell, according to Cheek – customers have always had a high degree of satisfaction with the company’s products. But what is new is the expanded reach, and the realization among many Americans that virtual care and at-home options are available, and are effective.

“What you have is this lightbulb moment for Americans in a new way that care can be delivered where then they definitely don’t want to go back,” she said. “It’s not just for Everlywell. This is all of these verticals, that have really shifted consumer behavior around healthcare in the home, and I think that will be somewhat permanent. That is the main driver here, and is what we’re seeing, and it’s why Everlywell has resonated so well with so many Americans.”

#articles, #battlefield, #biotech, #blackrock, #ceo, #chernin-group, #cvs, #driver, #everlywell, #food, #foresite-capital, #funding, #greenspring-associates, #health, #healthcare, #highland-capital-partners, #kroger, #morningside-ventures, #national-park-service, #occupational-safety-and-health, #portfolio, #recent-funding, #science, #startups, #target, #tc, #united-states, #walgreens

The Loneliness of the Red State Democrat

Liberals got “trounced” in Montana, and the party will spend the next few years in the wilderness.

#bozeman-mont, #bullock-steve, #daines-steve, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #gianforte-greg-1961, #hickenlooper-john-w, #interior-department, #land-and-water-conservation-fund, #montana, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #tester-jon

Hiker Is Rescued in Zion National Park After Nearly Two Weeks Missing

Holly Suzanne Courtier, 38, went missing on Oct. 6 after getting off a shuttle bus at the park in Utah. She was found safely on Sunday, the authorities said.

#holly-suzanne-courtier, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #utah, #zion-national-park-utah

Meet the National Parks’ ‘Ranger of the Lost Art’

Doug Leen has made it his life’s work to discover, restore and reproduce W.P.A. renderings of America’s threatened public lands.

#leen-doug, #national-park-service, #posters, #works-progress-administration

Trump Teases a Gettysburg Convention Speech. Experts Say It’s an Ethics Breach.

If he accepts his nomination at the Civil War battlefield, the president will be conducting partisan business on federal property.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-national-convention, #democratic-party, #gettysburg-pa, #hatch-act-1939, #national-park-service, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-convention, #republican-party, #speeches-and-statements, #trump-donald-j

On the Lookout for Moose on Michigan’s Isle Royale

The remote Isle Royale, tucked away in the northern reaches of Lake Superior, is one of America’s least visited national parks.

#camps-and-camping, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #islands, #moose, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #photography, #travel-and-vacations

National Parks May Become Latest Battleground in Reopening

Americans crave outdoor recreation more than ever. But national parks — sometimes many miles from equipped hospitals — are grappling with how to safely stay open.

#arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #grand-canyon-ariz, #grand-canyon-national-park, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas

Trump Delivers Divisive Culture War Message at Mount Rushmore

Down in the polls and failing to control a raging pandemic, the president cast himself as waging battle against a “new far-left fascism” that imperils American values and seeks to erase history.

#beschloss-michael-r, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #fox-news-channel, #independence-day-us-july-4, #ingraham-laura-a, #mcenany-kayleigh, #mount-rushmore-national-memorial-sd, #national-park-service, #noem-kristi, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #secret-service, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Body of One of Three Hikers Missing on Mount Rainier Is Found

Inclement weather has hampered the search for the hikers, who officials said were climbing in different locations.

#hikes-and-hiking, #indonesia, #mount-rainier-wash, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #seattle-wash

An Eyesore in Washington Becomes an Icon

Once reviled, the chain-link fence surrounding Lafayette Square and the White House is now seen as a bulletin board of art and artifacts dedicated to George Floyd and hope.

#art, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fences-and-property-barriers, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lafayette-square-washington-dc, #national-park-service, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #secret-service, #white-house-building-washington-dc

11 Great Alternatives to the Top National Parks

Whether you like hiking, fishing, volcanoes, trees or even fossilized trees, there is a less-traveled and still awe-inspiring national park for you.

#arches-national-park-utah, #big-bend-national-park-tex, #biodiversity, #canoes-and-canoeing, #canyonlands-national-park-utah, #congaree-national-park, #coronavirus-reopenings, #deserts, #dunes, #forests-and-forestry, #fossils, #glaciers, #great-basin-national-park, #great-sand-dunes-national-park-and-reserve-colorado, #gunnison-colo, #hikes-and-hiking, #lakes, #lassen-volcanic-national-park-calif, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #north-cascades-national-park-wash, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #petrified-forest-national-park-ariz, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations, #trees-and-shrubs, #volcanoes, #voyageurs-national-park-minn, #wilderness-areas

Camping in the West? Like Everything These Days, It’s Complicated

“Every state is different. In some states, every municipality is different.”

#angeles-national-forest-calif, #arches-national-park-utah, #bureau-of-land-management, #california, #camps-and-camping, #colorado, #coronavirus-reopenings, #grand-canyon-ariz, #moab-utah, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #recreational-vehicles, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #travel-and-vacations, #wyoming, #xanterra-parks-and-resorts-inc, #yellowstone-national-park, #yosemite-national-park-calif, #zion-national-park-utah

Most Events in the Lincoln Memorial Are Banned. Trump Got an Exception.

Citing the “extraordinary crisis” of the coronavirus, the interior secretary relaxed the rules so the president could hold a Fox News interview in one of the nation’s most hallowed spaces.

#baier-bret, #bernhardt-david-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fox-news-channel, #lincoln-memorial, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Bird-Watching Prepared Me for Sheltering in Place

I’ve learned to pay attention, to seek solace in the act of looking, again and again.

#birds, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #quarantines, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #united-states