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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Celebrates 20 Years

Twenty years ago, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation started as a simple idea: Give the people who care deeply for the Blue Ridge Parkway the power to protect and guide its future. Whether they cherished the trails, overlooks, ties to mountain history and culture, wildlife, or just the drive itself, they were invited to support the historic scenic route.

Devils Tower Climbing Routes Temporarily Close To Protect Nesting Falcons

Climbing routes on the northeast face of Devils Tower at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming have been temporarily closed to protect nesting peregrine and prairie falcons. The closure is implemented to provide the falcons with an undisturbed nesting location during this critical courtship and nest-selection period, and is an annual occurrence at Devils Tower.

National Parks Continue To See Gains From Growing Popularity Of Camping

A more welcoming atmosphere combined with the National Park Service’s centennial celebration could pay short- and long-term dividends in national parks, as campers were drawn to more parks in 2016 and say they intend to increase their frequency of camping this year – with national parks again as the top planned destination.

Park Service To Explore How Best To Protect Coastal Species In Southeast Region

The National Park Service is embarking on a study to determine how best to protect shorebirds, sea turtles and beach mice from the threat of predators at park units in the Southeast Region. The Coastal Species of Concern Predator Management Plan Programmatic Environmental Assessment will evaluate the best available predator management options and analyze relevant environmental issues.

Traveler's View: Let's Not Derail Our National Parks Movement

Just months after celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service, the mood is decidedly more somber as the national parks movement in the United States has hit a stumbling block or two, from the prospect of a significant budget cut to the possible loss of the Antiquities Act as a tool for presidents to use to set aside wondrous landscapes as part of the National Park System.

Inspector General: National Park Service Lacks Sound Oversight Of Funds Donated to Cooperating Associations

National Park Service officials do not have in place a sound process for reviewing how funds donated to park cooperating agencies across the country are managed and spent, according to the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General.

Cold Snap Impacts About Half Of National Mall's Dazzling Cherry Trees

The National Park Service estimates that approximately half of the cherry blossoms on the Yoshino variety of trees have survived the recent cold snap, and will be emerging over the next week or so around the Tidal Basin, in East Potomac Park and on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The Yoshinos are the most abundant variety of cherry trees maintained by the National Park Service, making up approximately 70 percent of the total inventory.

How Will Interior Secretary Mold The National Park Service Budget In Light Of President's Cuts?

With his frequent pronouncements about the beauty and value of national parks, and his admiration for how Theodore Roosevelt approached conservation, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in the coming weeks will have the opportunity to put actions to his words as details of the president's fiscal 2018 budget proposal materialize.

Cape Lookout National Seashore Introduces Educational Certificates For Off-Road Vehicle Use

The National Park Service this year will initiate an Off-Road Vehicle Educational Certificate program for ORV users who visit Cape Lookout National Seashore. The free ORV Educational Certificate identifies the top resource protection and safety measures that the park requires all ORV users adhere to while visiting North and South Core Banks.

Taiya River Fish Study To Begin In April At Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, in partnership with Skagway Traditional Council and Taiya Watershed Council, will begin a project to study eulachon fish in the Taiya River. Eulachon, or hooligan, have been important to area residents for generations. Oil rendered from the eulachon has long been used as an important medicine, food, and trade item.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site Completes Foundation Document

Staff at Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming has completed its Foundation Document, which provides a basic understanding of the park's resources, values, and history. National Park Service personnel use this information to effectively manage the park and plan for its future. The primary benefit of a foundation document is the opportunity to integrate and coordinate all kinds and levels of planning from a single, shared understanding of what is most important about the park.

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