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Move To Change Access To Fiery Furnace In Arches National Park Draws Ire

A move Superintendent Kate Cannon believes will lead to better management of visitation to the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park has drawn the ire of guiding businesses and a member of Congress, who see the changes as unnecessary and economically crippling to the guides and damaging to the unique geologic niche of the park.

Scandal-Plagued Canaveral National Seashore Superintendent Moved To Regional Office

Canaveral National Seashore Superintendent Myrna Palfrey, whose administration has been investigated three times by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General, is being reassigned on a temporary basis to the National Park Service's Southeast Regional Office to serve as a special assistant involved with Partnership Programs and Strategic Planning.

83rd Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Reunion At Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park, along with the Barlow family of Stanley, Virginia, will co-host the 83th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni Reunion this coming Saturday. The public is invited to meet with families and alumni and hear first-hand about their experiences. Alumni reunion events will take place at the Big Meadows Lodge Massanutten Room (mile 51 Skyline Drive) beginning at 10 a.m. with remarks from park leadership.

Exceptional Mountains: A Cultural History Of The Pacific Northwest Volcanoes

One reviewer described this book, as, “…why and how we have sanctified these high-altitude mountains.” However O. Alan Weltzien’s fine effort also casts some wonderful light on aspects of the national parks and National Park Service that are very pertinent to this, the Park Service’s centennial year.

Be Part Of Public Lands Day On September 24

You can be a part of the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands this coming Saturday. Throughout the country, about 200,000 people will participate in 2,500 National Public Lands Day events. As part of the celebration, national parks will waive entrance fees and host projects and programs that promote environmental stewardship.

Park Service Cancels Contract Offers To Mountaineering Guides At Denali National Park

After granting 10-year mountaineering guide contracts to six concessionaires at Denali National Park and Preserve in April, the National Park Service has decided to void those offers and start the process anew, citing concerns from multiple groups about franchise fees and clarity around provisions in the contract.

Annual Mountain Life Festival At Great Smoky Mountains National Park This Weekend

There's something about the Appalachians. Perhaps it was due to my college days in West Virginia, but the history and culture held in the mountains and hollows has always intrigued me. I felt that pull again earlier this week during a short visit to Shenandoah National Park. If you have felt it, too, you might want to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park this weekend for the annual Mountain Life Festival.

Information Sought By Park Users, And That Provided By The National Park Service, Can Be Miles Apart

The information highway between park managers and park users can be full of curves and hills, as a recent situation at Great Smoky Mountains National Park demonstrated when it comes to what some users want in terms of information, and what parks routinely provide and even how they provide it.

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