NPS Proposes Steep Fee Hikes at Popular Parks

Would more than double prime-time entrance costs, as administration seeks to cut National Park Service’s budget. Yellowstone National ParkA new plan from the National Park Service would more than double peak season entrance fees at 17 of the country’s most visited national parks, with the extra money going towards maintenance and infrastructure improvements. In a…

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The Fight Against a Pipeline Along the Appalachian Trail

Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are headed to court to stop it. But with construction slated to begin soon, will that be enough? A rendering by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy of what the finished Mountain Valley Pipeline could look like.A lawsuit hasn’t been enough to stop construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a proposed…

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Zion National Park Considers Limiting Visitors, and Other Parks May Follow Suit

Faced with rising visitation and shrinking resources, the National Park Service is weighing the idea of requiring reservations at its most popular spots. Zion National ParkZion National Park has a visitor problem. The canyon saw over 4.5 million tourists in 2017 and just doesn’t have the resources to keep up with demand. Now, due to…

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Five Tribes Are Suing Trump Over Bears Ears. Can They Win?

The Navajo Nation and four other tribes are going to court to restore Bears Ears National Monument’s original boundaries. If they fail, it could change American public lands forever. Grand Gulch is one of the areas eliminated from Bears EarsIf there’s one thing that Ryan Zinke wants you to know about his and President Trump’s…

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The “No More Parks Act” Could End National Monuments as We Know Them

Utah representative Rob Bishop got his way on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Now, he has his sights set on a bigger target: taking apart the law that created them. From the moment that President Barack Obama proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument, Rep. Rob Bishop was among the new preserve’s loudest critics. On December 4,…

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National Parks Could Stay Open Through Shutdown

Sensitive and hazardous areas would likely close. A sign informs visitors of a closure at Yosemite during the government shutdown in October 2013.When the federal government shut down in October 2013, the National Park Service was hit hard. With no funding, the agency temporarily shuttered more than 400 parks, from popular outdoors destinations like Yellowstone to the…

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What New Offshore Drilling Means for National Parks

The DOI’s plan to open up more of America’s waters for drilling has conservation groups worried, but the government says their concern is misplaced. Gulf Islands National SeashoreSediment from the Appalachian Mountains washing into the Gulf of Mexico for a million years has sprouted a chain of barrier islands off the coast of Florida and…

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