Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Thursday announced a new study showing that spring is beginning earlier than its historical average in 75 percent of the national parks examined — providing further evidence that climate change is already impacting public lands. The announcement came during a visit to Shenandoah National Park, one of the sites identified in the study as experiencing the impacts of an early onset of spring.
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Problems that have plagued the elevator in the Washington Monument over the past week or so have prompted a decision to temporary suspend public tours of the monument so technicans can "perform a thorough evaluation of the elevator" with hopes of uncovering the cause of recent breakdowns.
The path to a cohesive, multi-use paved trail network in and around Washington, D.C., is long and complex but can be completed with the coordination and partnership of multiple parks, agencies, and governments, according to a report released this week by the National Park Service.
The dome of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is one of the iconic landmarks on the Washington, D.C., skyline. In recent years, however, the gleaming white rotunda has become increasingly darkened, but not by dirt or mold, as the casual eye might suspect. The culprit is a colony of microscopic organisms, called biofilm, which adheres to stone surfaces and is proving a challenge as the National Park Service investigates how to treat it.
A visit to Washington, D.C., yields a glimpse into the nation’s history, much of it preserved by the National Park Service at the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Park lovers will have extra incentive to visit through next August, as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will honor the Park Service’s centennial with a new photography exhibit.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a parade, a star-studded concert, and, of course, a fireworks show highlight the National Park Service’s annual celebration of Independence Day on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Keep in mind that some of the memorials and a number of roads will be closed due to the festivities.
The final draft of the National Mall Historic District nomination for the National Register of Historic Places is now available for public review. The National Register is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation, and the National Mall nomination provides basic information about the physical appearance and the significance embodied in the 110 historic buildings, structures, and sites located within the district.
Every year millions of people visit America’s emotional and political center, the District of Columbia. It’s here that the relics of liberty are housed, along with the center of government. A walking tour of the National Mall and Memorial Parks must be on your list when you’re visiting.
The National Park Service will offer a number of special programs and services during the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival, including festival-related lantern walks, ranger talks, and tours around the Tidal Basin and National Mall. National Park Service festival events will be held through April 3 and are free of charge.
Things still could change, but as of today the cherry blossoms on the National Mall are expected to reach their peak performance between March 18-23, according to the National Park Service.