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Green lawn with historic buildings and Golden Gate Bridge in background in Presidio national park site in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco's Presidio Earns Fifth 'Green Flag' Award

The Presidio has been honored with the Green Flag Award for the fifth year in a row. The award is the most universally recognized international standard of quality for parks and green spaces.

January 29, 2024 - Green Flag Award

Parking area in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parking Fees Approved for Great Smokey Mountains National Park

Visitors to the nation’s busiest national park will soon have to pay to park under a plan announced today by park officials.

August 15, 2022 - ABC 13 News

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How the National Park Service Uses GIS

A new book demonstrates how the National Park Service uses GIS technology to meet its mission and showcases a selection of maps used for effectively managing national parks.

July 13, 2021 - ESRI


Wildfire Recovery for the Nation's Largest Urban Park

The National Park Service is seeking public comments on the redevelopment of sites within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area that were burned in the 2018 Woolsey Fire. 

June 22, 2021 - National Park Service


Opinion: We're Loving Our National Parks to Death

A reservation system could help the struggling national parks system manage crowds and protect our public lands from overuse, according to this article.

June 8, 2021 - MinnPost

Women's History Month

History of Trailblazing Women Celebrated at National Parks

Learn about ten national parks that preserve and share the stories of women whose vision, tenacity, and resilience helped them to change history forever.

March 15, 2021 - NPF Blog


Veterans and Gold Star Families Can Now Visit National Parks for Free

A small token of gratitude to the veterans who fought to protect the freedoms of the United States, and the families who sacrificed everything.

November 11, 2020 - The Washington Post

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Cell Towers: Coming to the National Parks

With the Trump administration's support, private industry is busy building new broadband infrastructure on public lands. The effect is already obvious in many national parks.

March 17, 2020 - High Country News

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Department of Interior Could Allow Private Companies to Run National Park Campgrounds

The Trump administration is exploring ways to outsource operations at national parks to private businesses. Lobbyists for private businesses welcome the invitation.

October 12, 2019 - Yahoo News

Yosemite Shuttle

Yosemite Shuttles Reportedly Crowded and Unsafe

The popular park's shuttle buses are intended to ease traffic and get people out of their cars. But critics say management and maintenance of the shuttle system leave much to be desired.

June 11, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

Mountain Lion

The Best Locations for L.A.’s Mountain Lion Freeway Bridges

A coalition of researchers have identified one area near the 101 and other near I-15 that would help keep the big cats alive and healthy.

May 28, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

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