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The latest news from around the National Park System.

Traveler's Gear Box: Showers Pass Syncline Jacket

A versatile, lightweight jacket that keeps you warm and dry (from both rain and perspiration) is critical for any outdoor enthusiast. Although the Showers Pass Syncline jacket is designed with cyclists in mind (it’s named after a mountain bike trail in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington), it also proved to be a good fit for a variety of activities.

Secret Service And National Park Service Designing New Fences For White House

The United States Secret Service and the National Park Service have presented concepts for a new White House fence to the Commission of Fine Arts for concept approval. The CFA voted to approve the essential components of the agencies’ preferred concept, which will be further developed and refined in the coming months.

Art Exhibit Coming To Alcatraz Island Keys On Long Prison Sentences

Alcatraz, best known for the historic federal penitentiary and occupation by the Indians of All Tribes, also has a long tradition of welcoming artists to provoke thought about freedom and incarceration. Starting in mid-July, the National Park Service and Nelson Saiers—artist and math Ph.D.— are opening an installation called Shortening: Making Irrational Rational.

Yankee Freedom III And Everglades National Park Announce Kick-Off Of Second Annual Dry Tortugas Photo Contest!

The Yankee Freedom III, the official ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park, has announced the second annual Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National Park Photo Contest. The contest kicked off on June 1 and will end on May 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

Find Poetry Where You Least Expect It At Great Lakes Parks This Summer

If you’re at a Great Lakes park this summer, you might read poetry on signs where you expect to find information. Nature poems masquerading as official park signs can be found throughout Apostle Islands, Pictured Rocks, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshores, as well as Isle Royale National Park at trails, vistas, and beaches as part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration.

Take A Closer Look At Proposed Ancient Forest National Park

Three years ago we suggested five additions to the National Park System, and one of those was Ancient Forest National Park in California and Oregon. The proposed 3.8-million-acre park would not only capture a wonderful slice of natural landscapes, but also help provide for wildlife corridors to support ecosystems as the climate continues to change.

Plan Your Rocky Mountain National Park Vacation Wisely

In 2015, Rocky Mountain National Park was the third-most visited national park with over 4.1 million visitors. So far this year, Rocky is experiencing an 11 percent increase in visitation. Over the last 100 years, the reasons people visit are the same; to experience nature, to seek solitude, to enjoy scenic grandeur, to watch wildlife, and to partake in outstanding recreational activities.

New Research Shows Threats To Coral Reefs The World Over

At Biscayne National Park in Florida, staff are working to preserve 10,502 underwater acres in a bid to protect the only tropical coral reef in the continental United States, but it's not an easy task. Politics aside, one of the longest and largest studies of coral reef health ever undertaken finds that corals are declining worldwide because a variety of threats -- overfishing, nutrient pollution and pathogenic disease -- that ultimately become deadly in the face of higher ocean temperatures.

Death Valley Considers Fee Increases To Fund Fixes At Scotty’s Castle

Repercussions from a massive, destructive flash flood that tore through Death Valley National Park last October may soon be felt in visitor wallets, as the California park is proposing entrance and campground fee increases to help cover $26 million in repairs to Scotty’s Castle and its access road through Grapevine Canyon.

Birding In The National Parks: Great Parking Lot Shots!

As a birder and naturalist, I have a love/hate relationship with roads and parking lots in national parks. On the one hand, it’s not difficult to agree with Ed Abbey that all pavement is the opposite of progress. Roads kill things outright and bring more tourists, a certain percentage of which will be destructive in their own way. Then I stop and think about the best birding spots I’ve found in the parks – and a majority of them of were either in a parking lot or within sight of some kind of pavement.

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