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Executive Order On National Monuments Could Test Secretary Zinke's Pledge To Roosevelt Conservatism

A long April weekend spent exploring Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument revealed the wondrous nature of this arid Sonoran landscape that prompted President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to set it aside as part of the National Park System 80 years ago, and underscored the incalculable worth of the Antiquities Act that enabled him to do so.

Visitor Center Hits The Road At Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Last weekend, the “Roving Ranger,” a new mobile visitor center for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, made its inaugural voyage to Mallows Bay on the Potomac River. The vehicle is the size of a delivery truck and features large images of the Chesapeake Bay on all sides.

Parking Meters Coming To Make Your Visit To The National Mall A Bit More Expensive

The National Park Service has awarded a contract to Parkeon, USA, to install parking meters on streets and parking areas on the National Mall. Installation of the 90 multi-space pay stations will begin on or about May 1, with operation and enforcement of the meters scheduled for June 12. The new metered parking is intended to create more frequent turnover of limited parking spaces; encourage the use of public transit; and provide revenue to create and improve affordable visitor transportation.

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