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Work is proceeding at Ozark National Scenic Riverways to repair facilities that were damaged during last year's flooding at the park. While some heavily damaged locations will remain partially or totally closed, or operate with reduced amenities, much progress has been made and additional areas will be open in 2018, according to the National Park Service.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park crews have completed a solar energy project at Cades Cove that is expected to annually reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23 tons and reduce fuel costs by $14,000.
With Peregrine falcons approaching their nesting season, some climbing routes in Zion National Park in Utah will be closed beginning March 1 until later this year.
For the second time this year vandals have freed dozens of Yellowstone National Park bison being held in quarantine, with some possibly heading to slaughter.
Yellowstone National Park staff never was able to recover a drone that crashed into Grand Prismatic Spring back in 2014. And Yosemite National Park investigators were unable last year to find a drone pilot whose aircraft forced a park helicopter to land out of safety concerns. What if those who illegally fly their drones in parks are banned from the parks for life?
You can receive an update on what activities and projects are planned along the Blue Ridge Parkway this year by attending a briefing next Wednesday at the Folk Art Center at Milepost 382 along the parkway.

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