While the federal hiring freeze has been lifted by the Trump administration, its guidelines for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce, as a memo sent out last week from the executive director of the Office of Management and Budget stated in its subject line, carries an ominous message for the National Park Service.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
The Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light, which only just recently fell under the auspices of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, is getting an expanded role. Not only will the light help ships navigate in that corner of Lake Superior but it also will play a role in monitoring the weather and water quality.
Wooden crib docks at Raspberry Island Light Station in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin will be replaced this summer, requiring the west dock to be closed to the general public while the work is performed.
A National Park Foundation grant helped the Bayfield (Wisc.) School recently purchase a reverse osmosis machine to enhance student efforts to collect, process, and study maple sap.
A series of thunderstorms has left Apostle Islands National Lakeshore littered with downed trees, but fortunately all campers have been accounted for and are safe.
Wisconsin’s northernmost edge, consisting of the spectacular mainland sea caves at the tip of the Bayfield Peninsula and the matrix of beautiful and historic islands stretching 25 miles into Lake Superior, was forever protected when Congress established the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in 1970. Located on the northern tip of Sand Island, the Gothic-style Sand Island Light was constructed in 1881 from sandstone quarried right at the building site.
If you’re at a Great Lakes park this summer, you might read poetry on signs where you expect to find information. Nature poems masquerading as official park signs can be found throughout Apostle Islands, Pictured Rocks, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshores, as well as Isle Royale National Park at trails, vistas, and beaches as part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration.
Ok, travelers, the blush is still on the new year, but that doesn't mean we can't plan, right? With that in mind, what national park adventures are on your 2016 calendar?
Will the coming winter bring snow, drought, soaking rains, or mild weather to your national park outings? As usual, it depends on where you go, but Rocky Mountain National Park could be a winter wonderland if the forecast from AccuWeather holds true, while New England travelers should enjoy a reprieve from last year's overly bountiful snows.
Design options have been drafted for the Little Sand Bay Visitor Center replacement at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, and park officials are wondering what you think of the plans.