The Andersonville Prison has been viewed as the most notorious prison during the Civil War for how its Union prisoners were treated. During the 14 months the prison existed, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined there, according to the National Park Service, which adds that "of these, almost 13,000 died." Get a sense of prison life at Andersonville National Historic Site when a living history program is offered March 11-12.
Parks in the News
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is temporarily closing the Olmsted Island Trail and Great Falls Overlook for repairs that will improve visitor safety and better protect park resources. Construction on the bridges is anticipated to last 90-120 days with completion and re-opening in late June 2017. Completion of construction may be impacted by weather conditions.
Opposition to President Trump's call for a 10 percent budget cut across most of the federal government was surfacing in some camps Tuesday, and heightened pushback would be welcomed by national park supporters, some of who say a cut of that magnitude would "be devastating" to the agency.
President Trump's directive to the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to kill the Clean Water Rule was heavily criticized by conservationists, though proponents applauded the move to "recognize states’ rightful primacy in water management..."
How valuable are national park friends groups? You can put a dollar figure on it in some parks. At Grand Teton National Park, for instance, the Grand Teton National Park Foundation provided just about $5.3 million in funding last year for a wide range of programs.
A pair of bald eagles has once again returned to Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio and is actively tending to its nest within the Pinery Narrows area of the park. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31.
More than two dozen buildings that are not considered significant to the Elkmont Historic District in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are to be torn down, while four others will be preserved.
The National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park will present the third annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year’s program will have a special focus on biking in the district and will celebrate the new extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to Bladensburg, Maryland.
Federal funding is allowing Fort Union National Monument to update its museum exhibits, which have grown outdated down through the years.
An accessible fishing pier has opened at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina that is intended to allow persons with disabilities and all users the opportunity to safely take in the beautiful view of Core Sound or fish.