National Park Service

MUNISING, MI--   Officials have released additional details regarding a fatal fall at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Wednesday.

National Park Service officials say around 1:30 p.m. Tu Thanh Nguyen, 32, of Sunnyvale, California was hiking by herself on the North Country Trail. She stopped about a half-mile east of Grand Portal Point to take pictures of herself when she fell about 200 feet off the cliff edge to Lake Superior.

MUNISING, MI--   A California woman has fallen to her death at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. 

Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. park rangers responded to Chapel Beach on a report of a potentially deceased individual. Rangers and Alger County paramedics confirmed the 32-year-old woman had died as the result of a fall.

The incident is under investigation by National Park Service officers.

No other details are available at this time.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK, MI--   U.S. officials have decided to relocate gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, where the predator species that has roamed the remote wilderness for about 70 years is on the brink of disappearing.

The National Park Service announced final approval Thursday of a plan to capture 20 to 30 mainland wolves over three to five years and transport them to the park.

It's hoped they will form packs that will help keep the island's abundant moose in check, preventing them from overeating vegetation and harming the ecosystem.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--   The National Park Service has released its final Environmental Impact Statement to address the presence of wolves on Isle Royale National Park.

After more than a year of meetings, public input, and consideration of multiple alternatives the NPS says it prefers Alternative B. The proposal calls for the introduction of 20 to 30 wolves to Isle Royale over a three-year period. Officials say the goal is to provide a number of animals that has the potential to become a self-sustaining population.

MUNISING, MI (AP)--   A new quarter commemorates Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The U.S. Mint and the National Park Service held an event Wednesday to launch the "America the Beautiful Quarters Program" coin.

The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarter is the 41st release in the program, a 12-year initiative that honors national parks and other national sites. Each year, five new national sites are being depicted on the tail sides of America the Beautiful quarters.

The Pictured Rocks coin shows Chapel Rock and a pine tree that grows atop it.

MUNISING, MI--   Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore received a record 777,428 visits in 2016, the park’s 50th anniversary and National Park Service’s centennial year. 

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   Federal officials are inviting the public to learn more about options for dealing with the declining gray wolf population at Isle Royale National Park. 

The National Park Service has scheduled open houses for Feb. 14 in Duluth and Feb. 15 in Houghton. For those who can't attend, webinars are scheduled for Feb. 16 and Feb. 21.

Wolves have lived at the island park in Lake Superior since the late 1940s. But their numbers have fallen dramatically in recent years and only two remain.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The National Park Service has posted signs at three national parks in Michigan that include nature poems by an Egyptian-American writer. 

The Detroit News reports that Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pictured Rocks and Isle Royale are among five parks in the Midwest selected to feature the signs with poems by Moheb Soliman.

APOSTLE ISLANDS NATIONAL LAKESHORE, WI--  Eleven kayakers were rescued from Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands during Monday night’s severe storms. 

Three National Park Service vessels and one Coast Guard ship responded to Sand Island on a report that several kayakers had capsized and washed up on shore. 

Darkness, wind, rain, lightning, and high waves made rescue operations difficult, but personnel were able to access the beach and remove the kayakers, some of whom were juveniles. 

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Federal officials are taking a closer look at whether to bring more gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park, where only two of the iconic predators remain.  

The National Park Service last year began studying how to manage the Lake Superior park's wolf and moose populations over the next 20 years.

But with the wolves on the brink of dying out, the service says Wednesday it will focus on whether to bring more of them to the island in the near term — and if so, how.