Exemptions to President Trump's hiring freeze for federal employees will allow the National Park Service to address seasonal and short-term positions, but uncertainty remains over the size of the agency's permanent workforce and whether it will be sufficient to manage the more than 400 units of the National Park System, a National Parks Conservation Association official said Wednesday.
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A congressman from Arizona is pushing legislation that would reduce National Park Service oversight of oil and gas drilling in units of the National Park System where it is allowed, according to a parks advocacy group.
Polling in seven Western states shows a strong majority of voters value clean air and water and outdoor recreation above energy development on public lands. And while the results showed eight in 10 voters want to retain, not decommission, national monuments, Utah officials were working to ask the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument designation and shrink the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The National Park Service on Tuesday received approval to hire seasonal workers for the coming year, though the status of term positions remained up in the air.
On Wednesday, February 1, the National Park Service will begin accepting applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. The permits are for specific launch dates within calendar year 2018. A total of 463 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day river trips.
Crater Lake National Park would establish more than a dozen new hiking trails and examine building a trail around the Oregon park’s namesake lake under a Trail Management Plan that will serve as a blueprint for the next 25 years.
Two public meetings have been scheduled to discuss National Park Service options for dealing with the possibility that wolves at Isle Royale National Park will vanish without human intervention.
With biologists working on a plan to restore grizzly bears to the mountains of northern Washington, North Cascades National Park recently published a trio of videos outlining the options for moving forward and describing what the threatened species would bring to the ecosystem.
In celebration of Black History Month in February, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will offer several programs to recognize and honor the remarkable achievements of African-Americans from New Bedford. All events are free and will be held at the visitor center located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Legislation calling for the purchase of 65,000 acres of land just south of Lake Okeechobee in Florida would bolster the flow of fresh water through the "river of grass" and is being supported by the Everglades Coalition, which wants the Florida Legislature to adopt the measure.