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Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

  • More than 175,000 folks visited Yellowstone National Park in October, which was a good number, but not quite record-setting. The gorgeous fall weather last month -- sunny, mild days with high temperatures in the 50s -- made it a treat to visit the park.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

  • Jail terms ranging from 15 days to 120 days were handed to four men convicted of digging ginseng in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    The plant long has been treasured by some for its perceived aphrodisiac qualities, as well as its use as a stimulant.

  • The final "entrance-fee-free" weekend of the year is coming to the National Park System this weekend, giving you another excuse (if you need one) to get out and visit a park.

    The free pass, as it were, is in honor of America's veterans.

  • U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican who chairs the House subcommittee that oversees the National Park Service, recently commented that national parks are not money makers.

  • For more than four decades, millions of visitors to National Park Service sites along the National Mall and to Arlington National Cemetery have used Tourmobile buses and trams to get around Washington, D.C.