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Though work on rehabilitating the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is not entirely finished, the point of attraction has reopened to the public with the rest of the work put off until spring.
Overcrowded parks, questionable fee collection systems, and safety issues for both members of the public and employees are among the key issues the Office of Inspector General has highlighted as challenges facing the Interior Department as it manages the National Park System.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's proposal to have 17 national parks move to "surge pricing" for entrance fees will be open for another month of public comment due to keen interest by the general public and Congress, the National Park Service announced Tuesday.
A park ranger from Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park has been honored with the National Park Service's highest honor for excellence in interpretation and education. Hollie Lynch, the park's education coordinator, received the 2017 Freeman Tilden Award for her role in developing and implementing a series of innovative curriculum-based park programs for 200 schools in Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
After many long months of road construction that has hindered access into the heart of Arches National Park in Utah, the end is near. Barring weather-related delays, the construction project that has consumed the year should wrap up by month's end or early December, according to park officials.

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