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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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Multi-Year Partnership Supports Electric Vehicles In National Parks

Calling on the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship of Thomas Edison, the first of up to 100 electric vehicle charging stations in national parks and nearby communities across the country has been switched on at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, site of the inventor's West Orange, New Jersey, laboratory and home.
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Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Park Entrance Passes Available Online

A pilot program to speed up lines at entrance stations is expanding to Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. Through the Your Pass Now program, visitors can purchase entrance and annual passes for the California parks using a smart device, such as a cell phone, tablet, or computer, by visiting www.yourpassnow.com/parkpass.
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Fear Of "A Gag Order On Climate Science" Spurred "Resistance" Movement Among Federal Employees

A burst of civil disobedience goes a long way with federal employees, who quickly rose to create a "resistance" to the Trump administration after a former National Park Service employee took to Twitter over concerns the new administration would place "a gag order on climate science."
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Repairs Slated For Hurricane-Damaged Fire Island National Seashore Light

The National Park Service says work to rehabilitate the southwest corner of the Fire Island Lighthouse terrace, undermined in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, was to begin Monday. Visitor access may be rerouted to the lighthouse’s northern entrance during the project, slated for completion by June.
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A New, Free Audio Book Of The Exploration Of The Colorado River And Its Canyons From LibriVox

A unique service allows you to download, for free, an audio copy of John Wesley Powell's The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons so you can listen to what Powell saw on your next trip down the Colorado River through Canyonlands and Grand Canyon national parks.
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