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After more than a year of COVID-19-related restrictions and limited travel, rising attendance figures across national parks show Americans are eager to explore the great outdoors.
February 25, 2021, 10am PST
The 72,000-acre West Virginia gem joins an illustrious list as the 63rd U.S. national park.
January 13, 2021, 10am PST
The New River Gorge in West Virginia, one of the most popular recreation areas in the United States, will be the newest national park thanks to the stimulus package approved by the federal government in December 2020.
July 18, 2019, 8am PDT
Controversy over a plan to revitalize the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal in Washington, D.C. has some questioning whether the High Line in New York City is the best model for the adaptive reuse of public space.
Greater Greater Washington
July 4, 2019, 5am PDT
The Trump administration's lack of concern for the National Park Service's growing maintenance backlog will be on display today, along with everything else.
January 7, 2019, 2pm PST
The consequences of allowing the public free access to national parks without any supervision or maintenance operations are to great a risk, according to a former director of the National Park Service.
July 6, 2018, 5am PDT
The panoramas of Heinrich Berann had been locked up in a vault, Now they are available for download.
April 7, 2018, 9am PDT
After public outcry, Department of the Interior officials seem to have changed their mind about raising the price of entrance fees into National Parks.
AP via The Washington Post
January 20, 2018, 11am PST
Nine out of 12 members of the National Park Service advisory board resigned this week, saying that the Department of the Interior "showed no interest in learning about or continuing to use the forward-thinking agenda of science," among other claims.
September 29, 2017, 6am PDT
Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) announced last week plans for the largest highway contract awarded to a public-private partnership: adding four express toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and I-270. A third highway widening will be completed internally.
July 23, 2017, 1pm PDT
The National Park Service is looking for solutions to overcrowding at its most popular parks. The idea of an online reservation system might get its first test in Utah.
Associated Press via The Mercury News
April 21, 2017, 7am PDT
The Navajo Nation is not moving forward with a controversial plan to build a tram that would connect tourists from the rim of the bottom of the Grand Canyon, along with commercial and retail space. The proposal isn't totally dead yet, however.
November 7, 2016, 12pm PST
A long-delayed decision by the National Park Service and the Federal Highway Administration removes the final regulatory obstacle for the construction of a new Metro station in Alexandria, Virginia.
November 6, 2016, 9am PST
The National Park Service has launched the Puma Profiles, making it easier to explore the lives of the city's largest collection of feral residents.
August 26, 2016, 2pm PDT
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August 25, 2016, 11am PDT
The Heritage Trail would loop around either side of the Delaware River, from Trenton, New Jersey, down to Philadelphia and back, exploring historic sites and a variety of neighborhoods and parks all along the way.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
August 25, 2016, 6am PDT
The announcement that 87,500 acres of land in Maine's North Woods would become a national monument came the day before the centennial of the National Park Service. The designation is also sure to be controversial.
August 25, 2016, 5am PDT
"The fundamental idea behind the parks is that the country belongs to the people," says President Obama.
August 8, 2016, 9am PDT
The National Park Service is bringing the sharing economy to the Mississippi River in Minnesota this month with a first of its kind kayak sharing service.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune
August 4, 2016, 11am PDT
The National Park Service is evolving its role to keep pace with a changing world.