U.S. House panel explores impact of immigration, crime on national parks
Representatives and witnesses frequently referenced migrant camps at Floyd Bennett Field in New York City.
Government shutdown nears: U.S. House GOP fails to pass one-month spending plan
WASHINGTON — A sweeping government shutdown appeared inevitable on Friday, with the U.S. Senate stuck in a procedural holding pattern on its bipartisan stopgap bill and divided U.S. House Republicans unable to pass their short-term spending bill. Both chambers of Congress must approve and President Joe Biden must sign government funding legislation before midnight on […]
Nearly all national park sites to close during government shutdown
Almost all National Park Service sites will be inaccessible during a partial federal government shutdown likely to start this weekend, the U.S. Interior Department said Friday. The agency will bar access to most of the nation’s 425 parks, recreation areas, national historic sites and other units, according to a fact sheet from the Interior Department, […]
Maryland lawmakers propose creating Chesapeake National Recreation Area
The proposal would unite a series of park areas and visitor centers owned and operated by the National Park Service.
On Earth Day, volunteers gather at Flight 93 Memorial to renew the earth — and to remember
'It’s like coming home,' said Ken Nacke, of Baltimore, whose brother was a passenger on Flight 93.
National parks try to make progress on long-deferred maintenance
WASHINGTON — During a Wednesday U.S. Senate hearing centered on national parks, Biden administration officials outlined how funding from the Great American Outdoors Act is starting to reduce the backlog of maintenance projects — even as park attendance has exploded. An Interior Department official said that the most-loved parks are the ones that need help […]
National Park Service renews mask mandate for all visitors
In May, the agency said it would require only unvaccinated people to wear masks. Recently, as the delta variant of the coronavirus has led to a spike in cases throughout the country, the NPS also required people from areas of high transmission to mask up, consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
Turning DelWaterGap into national park would have ‘many benefits,’ DCNR Secretary Dunn says
A proposal that would turn the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area into a national park has picked up support from the head of the state agency that oversees Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. Members of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey chapters of the Sierra Club first suggested last week that the 40-mile stretch of […]
A national park for Pa. and N.J.? Supporters of a new proposal say it’s possible and long overdue
“Where else would you put it?” Miles asked. “If you need a national park, I’m not sure where else would be a good place to put it.”
Nat’l parks struggling with maintenance, including Pa., would get a boost under Biden budget request
A 2018 National Park Service study found about $12 billion of overdue maintenance in the agency.
Heading for a national park this summer? The ‘biggest season in the history of the Park Service’ predicted
With many international destinations still difficult to reach, and some COVID-19 restrictions still in place, senators said they expect swarms of visitors to national parks.
How visiting a national park could change the way you think about patriotism | Opinion
By Jennifer Ladino When I took a post-college job as a seasonal ranger at Grand Teton National Park 23 years ago, I noticed right away that my “Smokey Bear” hat carried some serious emotional baggage. As I later wrote in my book, “Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature,” park visitors saw the hat […]