A long day of fighting a wildfire in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia left the acreage covered by the flames at nearly 8,000 acres, a 2,400-acre increase from the morning's estimated, although containment lines had been scratched and bulldozed around 40 percent of the perimeter, according to fire bosses.
Parks in the News
It was a blockbuster the first time it aired, and if you didn't see it then, tune in to your local PBS television station next week to catch a repeat showing of The National Parks: America's Best Idea by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan.
The act that created the National Park Service 100 years ago directed the agency to leave park scenery and historic objects “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” To mark the anniversary and create a visual representation of the mission statement, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia has launched a photo project that will match historic photographs from the park with fresh images from the Park Service’s centennial year.
A wildfire burning at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia has nearly tripled in size since Monday and now covers about 5,600 acres, officials said Wednesday.
An investigation is under way to learn how a fire started in the Wonderland Hotel Annex at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and quickly engulfed, and destroyed, the slice of Appalachian history.
Amid all the hoopla, celebration, and excitement surrounding the National Park Service's 100th birthday this year, one fact is inescapable: Lodging in the parks this summer will be hard to find. But...it won't be impossible to find.
Springtime brings warmer temperatures to West Virginia, great river-running opportunities at New River Gorge National River, and the park's 13th annual wildflower weekend.
This week is National Park Week – a time when we celebrate the more than 400 natural, historical and cultural sites that make up the most incredible parks system on Earth. Places that attract visitors from around the world and inspire other nations to follow our lead.