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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.
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.
After many long months of road construction that has hindered access into the heart of Arches National Park in Utah, the end is near. Barring weather-related delays, the construction project that has consumed the year should wrap up by month's end or early December, according to park officials.
With most portions of Acadia National Park’s 22-mile Park Loop Road closed to wheeled vehicles and snow-covered in winter, experiencing the park becomes a more intimate experience.
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.

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