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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Celebrates 20 Years

Twenty years ago, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation started as a simple idea: Give the people who care deeply for the Blue Ridge Parkway the power to protect and guide its future. Whether they cherished the trails, overlooks, ties to mountain history and culture, wildlife, or just the drive itself, they were invited to support the historic scenic route.

Devils Tower Climbing Routes Temporarily Close To Protect Nesting Falcons

Climbing routes on the northeast face of Devils Tower at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming have been temporarily closed to protect nesting peregrine and prairie falcons. The closure is implemented to provide the falcons with an undisturbed nesting location during this critical courtship and nest-selection period, and is an annual occurrence at Devils Tower.

National Parks Continue To See Gains From Growing Popularity Of Camping

A more welcoming atmosphere combined with the National Park Service’s centennial celebration could pay short- and long-term dividends in national parks, as campers were drawn to more parks in 2016 and say they intend to increase their frequency of camping this year – with national parks again as the top planned destination.

Park Service To Explore How Best To Protect Coastal Species In Southeast Region

The National Park Service is embarking on a study to determine how best to protect shorebirds, sea turtles and beach mice from the threat of predators at park units in the Southeast Region. The Coastal Species of Concern Predator Management Plan Programmatic Environmental Assessment will evaluate the best available predator management options and analyze relevant environmental issues.

Traveler's View: Let's Not Derail Our National Parks Movement

Just months after celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service, the mood is decidedly more somber as the national parks movement in the United States has hit a stumbling block or two, from the prospect of a significant budget cut to the possible loss of the Antiquities Act as a tool for presidents to use to set aside wondrous landscapes as part of the National Park System.

Inspector General: National Park Service Lacks Sound Oversight Of Funds Donated to Cooperating Associations

National Park Service officials do not have in place a sound process for reviewing how funds donated to park cooperating agencies across the country are managed and spent, according to the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General.

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