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Shenandoah National Park Wildfire 60 Percent Contained; Superintendent Explains Tactics

Progress continued Monday to be made on knocking down the Rocky MTN Fire at Shenandoah National Park, with containment lines stretching around 60 percent of the fire. Just the same, the park's superintendent felt it necessary to explain the Park Service's approach to battling the blaze.

Glacier National Park Slowly Letting Go Of Winter

Memorial Day weekend is still weeks away, but winter slowly is releasing its grip on Glacier National Park in Montana, wherethe Many Glacier and Chief Mountain roads have been opened to vehicles for the summer. Visitors are welcome to drive the 8-mile Many Glacier Road as far as the Many Glacier Campground. The Swiftcurrent Nature Trail loop on the valley floor is open in its entirety with parking available at Grinnell Picnic area.

Study: National Parks Contributed $32 Billion To National Economy In '15

If there are any billion-dollar babies in the National Park System, they would be the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, both of which contributed more than $1 billion in tourism benefits to the communities surrounding their borders, according to a 2015 analysis of the National Park System's value to the national economy.

Explore Katmai National Park And Preserve, Alaska's Wild Peninsula

Alaska, for most of us, is a far and distant land, one we'll likely never reach in person, but which pulls at the explorer in each of us. Thanks to a collaboration of groups and agencies, from the National Park Service and Alaska Geographic to the National Geographic Society and others, you can explore Katmai National Park and Preserve for the next hour without leaving home.

Sleeping Bear Dunes Celebrates Celestial Centennial With Monthly Astronomy Events

While tall sand dunes offer sweeping vistas of Lake Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, after the sun sets, the open space provides an unhindered view of the night sky. To celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Michigan park will host a series of monthly astronomy programs through October.

Photo Project Will Compare Past With Present At Shenandoah National Park

The act that created the National Park Service 100 years ago directed the agency to leave park scenery and historic objects “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” To mark the anniversary and create a visual representation of the mission statement, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia has launched a photo project that will match historic photographs from the park with fresh images from the Park Service’s centennial year.

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