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Fort Scott National Historic Site To Present Annual Candlelight Tour

Do you want to dance the night away? Would you enjoy some gossip and a bit of matchmaking? Maybe you are hoping for a big promotion at work or would like to move some place more adventurous? These are the types of activities and conversations you can either eavesdrop on, or participate in, during this year’s Candlelight Tour at Fort Scott National Historic Site in Kansas.

Annual Deer Culling To Begin At Rock Creek Park On December 1

This year’s window for annual deer population reduction at Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to start December 1 and run through March 31, 2018. To carry out the Rock Creek Park White-tailed Deer Management Plan, temporary night-time road closures will be in effect to provide for visitor and employee safety during reduction activities. Commuters, including cyclists, are advised to plan alternate routes.

Attorneys General Oppose Surge Pricing Approach For National Park Admission

Quoting from John Muir, attorneys general from 10 states and the District of Columbia have told acting National Park Service Director Mike Reynolds they oppose a proposal to use surge pricing for admission to 17 national parks, saying there has been no rational explanation for such a move and Congress should the responsibility for addressing the backlog, not the public.
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Death Valley National Park Personnel Want Your Thoughts On Restoring Scotty's Castle

Scotty's Castle, the iconic, history rich mansion in Grapevine Canyon of Death Valley National Park, now is not expected to open before 2020 as National Park Service personnel take public comments on how they plan to rehabilitate the castle and rebuild the Bonnie Clare Road that leads to it.

An Extra Month To Comment On Interior Secretary Zinke's Surge Pricing Proposal For Parks

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.

C&O Canal Park Ranger Honored For Interpretation And Eduction Excellence

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.

Op-Ed | Volunteers In The National Parks

More and more people are visiting our national parks, and some parks are not just busy but getting overwhelmed and overcrowded. Meanwhile, the prospect of more money being budgeted for more staff is unlikely. Consequently, many parks should begin considering using volunteers, and those that do….should consider using more volunteers and using volunteers in more meaningful ways.

The Congressional Anti-Parks Caucus In Power

Who in Congress can be described as having an "anti-parks" voting record? With 535 members of Congress, that could be a difficult question to soundly answer. But the Center for American Progress has come up with a list of 19 members who, perhaps emboldened by the Trump administration's views on public lands, it has defined as the "anti-parks caucus" in Washington, D.C.

Stewart Udall: Steward Of The Land

Stewart Udall served as Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969, leading advocacy and politics of conservation and environmental protection in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He was, by all accounts, one of the most significant Interior Secretaries in American history, sharing that status with Harold Ickes, Secretary in the FDR administrations. While very different in background, temperament, and style, both men were masterful politicians who saw their role as stewards of American public lands, and we enjoy many legacies of their work today.

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