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Traveler's View: Passage Of Centennial Act A Good Start, And Hopefully Just The Beginning

Last-minute passage by Congress of the National Park Service Centennial Act stands to have lasting benefits for the National Park System, and we can only hope that it's the first of much-needed legislation to bolster the health and infrastructure of the parks.

When In Washington, Check Out Season's Greenings From The National Parks

One of the holiday season's most colorful displays involving national parks can be found in Washington, D.C., inside the U.S. Botanic Garden where 50 national parks and historic sites are featured amidst wreaths, garland, trees, and thousands of blooms from exotic orchids to a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties.

"March In Of The Continental Army" At Valley Forge On December 19

Valley Forge National Historical Park will be hosting the March in of the Continental Army annual event on Monday, December 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Visitor Center complex area. This event commemorates the 239th anniversary of the December 19, 1777, “march in” of Gen. George Washington's Continental Army to Valley Forge and features the first opportunity to see the newly rehabilitated Fort John Moore/Redoubt. Candlelit ranger tours, fife and drum performances, and interpreters will share stories of the encampment. This is a special opportunity to experience Valley Forge at night.

Women's March On Washington Could Conflict With Trump Inauguration

A march on Washington to reject the divisive, insulting, and demonizing rhetoric of the presidential campaign could conflict with President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural events, though the National Park Service has not yet ruled out allowing the Gathering for Justice event to include the Lincoln Memorial.

UPDATED: Latest Speculation On Trump Interior Secretary Points To Washington State Congresswoman

A congresswoman from Washington state who in the past has supported legislation to sell off federal lands was expected to be nominated as Interior secretary for the incoming Trump administration, several media outlets and others reported Friday.

Senate Holds Fate Of National Park Service Centennial Act

With the House of Representatives already recessed for the year, and the Senate needing to pass a Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government open after midnight Friday, the odds that the National Park Service Centennial Act with its additional funding for the parks would die in the Senate seemed to increase as the hours ticked by.

UPDATED: Debris Believed From Missing Plane Spotted In Lake Clark National Park And Preserve

Searchers were hoping for good weather Friday that would allow them to go out onto Lake Clark to search for a plane with four aboard that apparently went down into the lake in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve shortly after takeoff from Port Alsworth, Alaska.

Death In Glacier National Park: Stories Of Accidents And Foolhardiness In The Crown Of The Continent

With visitation to the National Park System this centennial year at an all-time high, it’s no surprise I suppose that more and more people get in trouble, and some of those pay the ultimate price. Every year Glacier National Park in Montana lures hikers, anglers, employees, and climbers to the park’s high peaks, deep lakes, and raging rivers…and some to their own demise.

Parks Canada Wants Input From Canadians On How Their Parks Should Be Protected, Presented

As Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, invites all Canadians to share their views on how Parks Canada should work to protect and present national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas for the next 50 years.

Scientists Get Out-Of-This-World Experience At Craters Of The Moon National Monument

Nearly 50 years ago, astronauts from NASA visited Craters of the Moon National Monument to train for their trip to … well, the moon. Today, the rugged, volcanic landscape (some would call it “alien”) in Idaho still serves as a living laboratory for NASA and other scientists.

Small Alpine Insects Are Big Messengers Of Climate Change At Glacier National Park

Two rare alpine insects – native to the northern Rocky Mountains and dependent on cold waters of glacier and snowmelt-fed alpine streams – are imperiled due to climate warming induced glacier and snow loss according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners.

Proposed Joint Fossil Regulation Announced For Interior Department’s Managed Lands

The U.S. Department of the Interior On Wednesday announced a proposed rule to further facilitate implementation of the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act of 2009. The proposed rule provides standards for a coordinated approach to the management of paleontological resources on lands managed by four Interior Department Bureaus: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and National Park Service (NPS). It will also clarify how these bureaus manage paleontological resources to ensure they are available for current and future generations to enjoy as part of America’s national heritage.

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