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Thursday, May 8th, 2008

  • Don't be surprised if George Washington returns to Valley Forge next week. A grassroots group is planning a rally for May 15 to protest plans to develop a portion of 78 acres of rolling land pressed on three sides by Valley Forge National Historical Park. Part of the protest will feature "re-enactors in period costumes."

  • Do you know where the national parks are located? This little quiz will test the accuracy of your National Park System “mental map.” The answers are at the end. No peeking!

    1. The geographical center of the 48-state U.S. is just outside Lebanon, Kansas. Which of the following national parks is closest to this spot?
    a. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
    b. Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Here's an update to the Voyageurs National Park boat tours story. There currently are boat tours available, but not on the scale that will be possible thanks to the $1.4 million a congressman from Minnesota has directed to the National Park Service so it can build a 49-seat boat.

    But the 50-foot-long boat won't be ready for duty until 2010.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008