The spine of the Appalachian Range runs north and south through the Mid- and South-Atlantic states, a rumpled stretch of mountains that long has provided a corridor for species. One uninvited species, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, arrived in 1951, and since then has attacked hemlock forests once commonplace in Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since 1988 the National Park Service has been battling the tiny insect, and has met with varying success in those three parks. While much work remains to be done, there is optimism some of the hemlock stands will be saved. In the following stories, we take a look at the campaign.
Mammoth Cave National Park
Spring can be one of those iffy seasons in the National Park System. You might run into warm, sunny days with an easy breeze at your back. Or, you could find yourself being pelted by sleet, battered by a stiff wind, with grey clouds scooting by overhead.
Travel in Great Smoky Mountains, Mammoth Cave, and Shenandoah national parks, and no doubt some others, was dicey Friday morning due to a winter storm that was coating roads with ice and snow.
Head to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky on December 4 and you can attend the 37th annual Cave Sing. Participants will depart from the visitor center at 2 p.m. for this free event.
If you find yourself homebound for one reason or other this winter, there are two websites worth exploring for a quick national park fix: the National Park Service’s Treasured Landscapes site (which showcases art collections telling America’s stories) and the Open Parks Network (“350,000 cultural heritage objects and 1.5 million pages of gray literature...”). That’s a lot of information.
Fourteen years, and $2.2 million later, accessible cave tours are returning to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.
Mammoth Cave National Park, which is celebating its 75th birthday this year, and the Friends of Mammoth Cave are planning some special activities to mark National Public Lands Day on September 24.
A New Mexico company that has been expanding its concessions work in the National Park System has landed a 15-year contract to provide lodging, dining, and retail services at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.
Running more than 160 pages, the National Park Service Management Policies provides park managers with quick reference to how they are to manage their units, what uses are appropriate, and how to usher visitors out of the park when Congress fails to fund the National Park Service. But the Management Policies, which last were updated in 2006, also leave much to interpretation and exception.
Fishing with limb lines in Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is not allowed. Unattended limb lines are hazardous to visitors and wildlife.