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BLOG: National Parks Stumble Towards Reforms

BLOG: National Parks Stumble Towards Reforms

This past week, Rocky Mountain National Park, the park with the third highest level of visitors in 2019, stumbled towards reforms with something extraordinary. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it adopted a reservation or timed-entry system to prevent overcrowding...

Court Orders Limits on National Park Air Tours

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 1, 2020 Contact: Paula Dinerstein (301) 580-4020 Contact: Susan Sargent (202) 265-7337 Within Two Years 23 National Parks Must Adopt Overflight Management Plans Washington, DC — Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the...
Can National Parks Practice Social Distancing?

Can National Parks Practice Social Distancing?

The still unfolding pandemic has underlined the public health risks that national parks and refuges pose both to the visiting public and their own employees. Over the past few weeks, more than 140 park units have shuttered with more closing every day. For the very...
National Parks Epitomize Trump COVID Inconsistency

National Parks Epitomize Trump COVID Inconsistency

As more than 100 national park units have closed, hundreds more remain open in unevenly evolving situation that is confusing, at best. Unfortunately for all of us, this same stop-start approach is also characteristic of the Trump White House’s overall response to the...