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Traveler's View: Monument Review Underscores Problem With Politics

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop maintain that they are looking to right problems with the Antiquities Act and how it's used to designate national monuments, but at the end of the day they're simply underscoring how politically divisive this country and Congress have become and are working to cater to special factions.

National Park Service Scuttles Director's Order Pertaining To Natural Resource Protection

Among the last tasks National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis took before retiring was signing Director's Order 100, which updated the agency’s guidelines for stewardship and reaffirmed its “predominant” duty to protect natural and cultural resources. Last week acting-National Park Service Director Michael Reynolds rescinded that order, reportedly at the Interior Department's direction.

UPDATE: Many Unknowns Surround Interior Secretary's National Monument Recommendations

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision Thursday not to publicly release details of his recommendations to President Trump on the status of 21 national monuments drew strong condemnation and speculation into what he had decided.
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Windows Section At Arches National Park To Reopen September 1, But Roadwork Far From Over

Roadwork this summer has really upset visitation at Arches National Park in southeastern Utah, as various attractions have been closed to visitors and delays on the park road a daily occurrence. Crews are resurfacing, restoring, and rehabilitating approximately 23 miles of roads and pullouts in Arches National Park along the entrance road (from US Highway 191 to the visitor center), main park road, the campground road, and other spur roads and loops. Road work is scheduled to last through November.

Monumental Moves Down Through The Decades

No national monument in the United States has ever been abolished by a president, though through the decades some have lost their status through acts of Congress. And While Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has said his review of 27 national monuments won't lead to any abolishment recommendations, there are concerns for the fate of the Antiquities Act that gives presidents the authority to designate national monuments.

Clingmans Dome Tower Rehabilitation Project At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Begins August 23

Clingmans Dome Observation Tower inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park closed Wednesday for the rest of the 2017 season to allow crews to finish rehabilitation work made possible from a Partners in Preservation) grant. The $250,000 grant was awarded last summer to the Friends of the Smokies on behalf of the park after being one of the top nine, most voted for parks in the Partners in Preservation: National Parks Campaign in 2016.

Capitol Reef National Park Proposes Higher Entrance Fee, Flat Camping Rate

While Zion and Arches national parks in southern Utah are coping with overcrowding, a nearby escape with more breathing room is Capitol Reef National Park, which shares many geologic features with its neighbors. Starting next year, though, those who want to explore all that the park has to offer may have to pay a higher entrance fee.

New Beach Drive Detours In Rock Creek Park Expected To Begin August 28

Get ready, get set, and go for a smoother and safer drive on the southern section of Beach Drive at Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. The newly reconstructed road and paved multi-use trail between Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway and Tilden Street NW are expected to reopen on August 28, pending any weather delays. New closures and associated detours will go into effect immediately after Segment 1 reopens.

Another Round Of Grizzly Bear Trapping At Yellowstone Announced

As part of ongoing efforts required under the 2016 Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team and Yellowstone National Park will be conducting scientific grizzly bear and black bear research operations in Yellowstone from August 22 through October 31.

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