Consider it a birthday present to the National Park Service: $48 million to be doled out across the National Park System on projects ranging from improving trail systems and park facilities to bringing youth into the parks.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Today's the day, folks. The last day of 2015, and the last day you can make a donation to the national park friends organization of your choice and claim a tax deduction if the group is a non-profit.
Weary roads in the National Park System stand to benefit from the federal transportation bill passed last week, as it carries an 18 percent increase in funding for the National Park Service, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.
After a record number of visitors to the National Park System in 2014, with nearly 293 million visiting the parks, officials are expecting this year's tally to go even higher.
If “October” and “travel” are in the same story, odds are good that it’s an article about the best places to see fall foliage. Of course, to those of us with birds perpetually on the brain, October is the conclusion of fall migrant season. With that in mind, I got to wondering about the best national park to maximize migrant-watching and leaf-peeping in one trip.
Spring and early summer always offer an extra bonus for visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and this year is no exception. The bloom season for both wildflowers and blooming shrubs and trees is underway, and parts of the scenic drive just south of Asheville currently offer some fine displays, with more to come.
Skim down through the list of centennial projects that will help paint buildings, repair trails, restore fisheries, help giant sequoias thrive, involve youth in the parks, and you have to give thanks to park friends groups. Corporate America? Not so much.
Glance through National Park System visitation statistics for a few years, and some puzzling numbers surface. For example: Doesn't anyone like to backpack?
Bridge repairs will require a roughly nine-mile-long stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina to close for about two months beginning April 1.
“Art is the child of Nature,” said American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. A new grant initiative created in partnership by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service celebrates the intersections between the two in honor of the NEA’s 50th anniversary in 2015 and the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016.