Much like a homeowner who puts off "until next year" repairs to that leaky roof or well-aged furnace, Congress for years largely has turned a blind eye to growing maintenance issues around the National Park System. While two U.S. senators have introduced legislation to tackle that backlog, estimated at $12 billion, their bill alone won't get the job done.
The health of America’s national parks depends upon the health of the waters that surround, and flow through, them. At the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), we work every day to protect and restore waterways across the country to benefit national parks, the communities that surround them, and the millions of people who visit them each year.
A rockslide in Grand Canyon National Park has forced the closure of the Colorado River Trail between Pipe Creek and the Silver Bridge for trail repair starting Monday. The trail will be closed to foot traffic and stock use.
Congress never seems to lack legislation aimed at the National Park System, and this year is no different, with proposals to redesignate park names, modify park boundaries, and consider new units to the system.
Campers hoping to find a site at Devils Postpile National Monument in California will need to look elsewhere this summer. Park officials say winter storm and flood damage and prioritization of trail repairs will require that the campground remain closed.
With winter in the rearview mirror, roads and facilities around Great Smoky Mountains National Park are opening for the spring season.
A redesign of the Cinnamon Bay Campground in Virgin Islands National Park calls for 55 new "eco-tents" to be installed, while retaining 31 "bare" sites for folks who bring their own tent or rent one from the concessionaire.
With more and more visitors heading to Yellowstone National Park, it might be reasonable that there would be an increase in motor vehicle accidents. But the increase has been incredible, with a nearly 900 percent increase in vehicle rollovers in 2016 vs. 2014.
Two legal analyses have been added to the debate over whether President Trump can unilaterally rescind the designation of Bears Ears National Monument and, not surprisingly, they reach different conclusions.presidential-authority-to-revoke-or-reduce-national-monument-designations.pdf arnold_porter_legal_memo_on_revocation_of_national_monuments.pdf
Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee will commemorate the 155th anniversary of the battle by offering a variety of real-time hikes and interpretive programs, from Wednesday, April 5, through Sunday, April 9.