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Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the dates for firefly viewing in Elkmont. Shuttle service to the viewing area will be provided on Tuesday, May 30, through Tuesday, June 6. All visitors wishing to view the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont must have a parking pass distributed through the lottery system at www.recreation.gov.
Moraine Park Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park will be closed at noon on Tuesday, May 2, for a major water line system improvement project, and will reopen by Thursday, May 25. Aspenglen Campground, which normally opens in late May, will open early, beginning May 1, to provide camping opportunities on the east side of the park.
There's a new visitor hub at Acadia National Park in Maine, where some of the visitor services offered in the past at park headquarters are moving to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center from May 1 through October 31. The NPS will direct visitors seeking park information and entrance passes to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center to avoid the confusion and congestion of park headquarters during the summer and fall.
President Trump, eyeing a possible stalemate over the federal government's budget, said Thursday that if the government shuts down and national parks close it will be the fault of Democrats.
Within hours after President Trump affixed his signature to an executive order directing the Interior secretary to review the Antiquities Act and nearly two dozen national monuments created since 1996, there was pushback from conservation and environmental groups, politicians, corporations, and stakeholders from around the country. If the president and Secretary Ryan Zinke were concerned about a lack of input on the monument designations, they're hearing plenty now.
The date for the annual Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival and Acoustic Band Contest has been set for Saturday, May 27. With free fiddle and harmonica workshops in the morning, a luthier on-site, jam sessions erupting throughout the day, and more than $3,000 in award monies, it is sure to be an event you will want to get on your calendar.

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