Outdoor recreation’s impact on the U.S. economy will be tracked by the government for the first time, providing information for Congress to make “sound environmental and recreational policies,” if a bill sent to the president last week is signed into law.
Parks in the News
Friends of Acadia, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and Down East Magazine recently announced the six winners of “100 Words for Acadia,” a writing contest celebrating Acadia National Park’s 100th birthday.
Unseasonably dry weather, apparent carelessness with fire, and hurricane-force winds turned a 1.5-acre fire along the roof of Great Smoky Mountains National Park into a killer conflagration that will long leave a mark on Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the park. Contributor Danny Bernstein examines the damage that's been done.
Six-hundred firefighters were spread out across Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Saturday trying to better assess the growing footprint of the deadly Chimney Tops 2 Fire while also working to get the upper hand on a second fire that had covered 750 acres in the park's backcountry.
National Park Service Will Adopt U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers' Plan To Improve Water Flows To Everglades
The National Park Service will adopt, with refinements, a plan devised by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve water flows along the "river of grass" that flows through Everglades National Park.
The National Park Service issued a concession prospectus for the continuation of 13 concession contracts for the rental of canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes, and providing associated shuttle services within Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri. The response date for submissions is March 1, 2017. The term of each concession contract will be for ten years.
Chocolate, favored beverage of priests across the Spanish empire, will be celebrated at the ruins of the mission church at Tumacácori National Historical Park in Arizona between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 10th.
Businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein has pledged $2-$3 million needed for the National Park Service to modernize the Washington Monument elevator, which needs repairs to its mechanical, electrical and computer systems.
In the quilt of public and private lands that fall within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, wild and domestic animals live relatively side-by-side. But when animals such as mountain lions view alpacas and goats as meals, then California officials can essentially sign death warrants for the cats. That's been done in the case of P-45, a mountain lion thought to be responsible for the recent predation of 11 alpacas and a goat.
Winter has brought closure to the Tioga and Glacier Point roads in Yosemite National Park for the winter.