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Thursday, December 4th, 2008

  • Originally established as Kill Devil Hill Monument in 1927, and still bearing that name when it was transferred to the NPS in 1933, Wright Brothers National Memorial finally acquired its present designation 55 years ago on December 4, 1953. A recently completed restoration project has made this 55th birthday even more worth celebrating.

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

  • More than a year after Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne appointed a task force to look into the consequences of climate change on public lands, including national parks, the committee has released three reports examining that topic.

  • Interior Department officials have been notified that a lawsuit will be forthcoming over decisions to designate critical habitat for piping plover at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
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  • A 25-year-old Tennessean died Wednesday from injuries suffered nearly a month ago in a fall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Jeremy Frye, of Knoxville, fell 25-30 feet from the top of Grotto Falls along the park's Trillium Gap Trail back on November 8.

  • If you're planning a trip to Valley Forge National Historical Park and have hopes of touring General George Washington's headquarters, you might want to delay your visit. The stone house is closed to the public while workers perform an array of repairs.