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Aerial view of Lake Mead shoreline with boats.

Illegal Roads Threaten Lake Mead’s Shoreline

As visitors seek out ways to reach the lake’s increasingly distant shoreline, officials say illegally created roads are damaging environmental and cultural resources and leading to hundreds of calls for rescue for stranded vehicles.

May 23, 2024 - High Country News

Dirt trail with wood railings through grove of tall California coastal redwood trees.

California Native Tribe to Co-Manage National Park Land

A historic agreement returns 125 acres — a fraction of the tribe’s historic lands — that will be used to build a cultural center and park facilities.

March 21, 2024 - The Guardian

Cars wait in line to get into Yosemite National Park

Overcrowding at Yosemite National Park

Long lines of cars have been trying to enter the park, with many stuck in traffic for hours and vehicles parked illegally in traffic lanes, on grass, and between rocks.

July 6, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Rock Creek Park Washington D.C.

Road in D.C.’s Rock Creek Park to Stay Car-Free

The National Park Service has decided to make permanent a road closure that went into effect in April 2020.

November 17, 2022 - National Park Service

View of desert mountains with yucca plant and cholla in foreground

New National Monument Proposed South of Joshua Tree

The 700,000 acre monument would protect threatened species and important historic and cultural sites.

October 31, 2022 - The Press-Enterprise

Parking area in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

America's Most Popular National Park Could Start Charging for Parking

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation's most visited and one of only a handful with no admission fee, could institute a parking fee to pay for much-needed maintenance.

April 7, 2022 - WBIR

An image of historic Penn Station when it was first built in 1910, viewed from the outside with people, carriages, and streetcars passing by.

What Is Historic Preservation?

Historic preservation is a controversial, highly contested cause, with a long history of failures and successes in the United States.

September 2, 2021 - James Brasuell

Traffic on road at Midway Geyser Basin

Parks Overwhelmed by Record Numbers of Visitors

Already understaffed and underfunded, the agencies that manage state and national parks are struggling to keep up with the spike in demand for outdoor recreation over the past year.

July 4, 2021 - High Country News

National Park Campgrounds

Return of the National Parks

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.

June 16, 2021 - CNN

View of New River Gorge Bridge

New River Gorge is America's Newest National Park

The 72,000-acre West Virginia gem joins an illustrious list as the 63rd U.S. national park.

February 25, 2021 - The New York Times

West Virginia

Included in the Stimulus: A New National Park

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.

January 13, 2021 - Outside

Georgetown Canal

Does the Plan to Revitalize a D.C. Canal Too Much Resemble the High Line?

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.

July 18, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

National Parks Service

Scarce National Park Fee Money Will Fund Today's 'Salute to America'

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.

July 4, 2019 - The Washington Post

National Parks

Opinion: Close National Parks During the Shutdown

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.

January 7, 2019 - The Guardian

Heinrich Berann

Friday Eye Candy: Long-Hidden Panoramas of National Parks Now Online

The panoramas of Heinrich Berann had been locked up in a vault, Now they are available for download.

July 6, 2018 - National Geographic

National Parks Service

Maybe National Park Entrance Fees Won't Triple After All

After public outcry, Department of the Interior officials seem to have changed their mind about raising the price of entrance fees into National Parks.

April 7, 2018 - AP via The Washington Post

Yellowstone National Park

Mass Resignations From National Park Service Advisory Board

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.

January 20, 2018 - National Public Radio

Maryland's $9 Billion Project Would Be the Nation's Largest P3 for Highways

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.

September 29, 2017 - Planetizen

Zion National Park

Reservation System Possible for Zion National Park

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.

July 23, 2017 - Associated Press via The Mercury News

Hiking Trail

Grand Canyon Development Plans Will Wait Another Year

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.

April 21, 2017 - The Arizona Republic

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