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Time To Make Maple Sugar At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Enjoy a taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's 40th annual Maple Sugar Time festival. In addition to the free, ranger-led tours of the sugaring operation at historic Chellberg Farm, a pancake breakfast will be available for purchase from the Chesterton Lion's Club. The farm will be bustling with maple sugaring activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends of March 3-4 and March 10-11.

Restoration Of Ozark National Scenic Riverways Infrastructure Following Flood Takes Time

Work is proceeding at Ozark National Scenic Riverways to repair facilities that were damaged during last year's flooding at the park. While some heavily damaged locations will remain partially or totally closed, or operate with reduced amenities, much progress has been made and additional areas will be open in 2018, according to the National Park Service.

UPDATED: Fly A Drone In A National Park, Be Barred For Life From That Park

Yellowstone National Park staff never was able to recover a drone that crashed into Grand Prismatic Spring back in 2014. And Yosemite National Park investigators were unable last year to find a drone pilot whose aircraft forced a park helicopter to land out of safety concerns. What if those who illegally fly their drones in parks are banned from the parks for life?

The War On Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It

This is a big book on a big subject, written prior to the election of Donald Trump and the intensified war on science that has resulted. The author does not concern himself specifically with national parks but with the overriding effects of the rejection of science on politics, policy, and democracy.

Shuttle Service Planned To Ease Traffic Strain On Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim

Trying to find a parking spot on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park during the spring and summer can be as tricky as ordering an America the Beautiful annual parks pass. Both can take a long time. But beginning March 1, you can avoid the South Rim traffic woes by boarding a shuttle in Tusayan.

President's Budget, Infrastructure Plan Carry "Poison Pills" For National Parks, Public Lands

President Trump's long-awaited infrastructure plan and FY19 budget proposal carry few dollars for the National Park System's $11.6 billion maintenance backlog and significant "poison pills" that could lead to environmental harm across the country, according to park and environment advocates.

Two Face Prison Time For Poaching Bigleaf Maple In Olympic National Park

For many luthiers, maple is a good wood for the back and sides of violins and guitars, but not so much for the all important soundboard, as it doesn't add to the sound eminating from the strings. Still, maple from the Pacific Northwest is much in demand for the "music wood" industry. And the lure of bigleaf maple from Olympic National Park was too tempting for two men now facing prison time.

Clamming With Brown Bears At Katmai And Lake Clark National Parks

This fourth installment in the series on the Changing Tides Project looks at the field work involved in collecting clams. The Changing Tides Project is a three-year study examining the link between the marine and terrestrial environments, specifically between coastal brown bears, clams, mussels, and people.

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