Your Month in News: National Park News Updates for August 2015

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We’re always looking for new ways to inform and engage our fans and since we are, of course, lovers of the national parks!  The National Parks Depot crew has compiled a few interesting news bits about what’s been going on with our national parks. Enjoy!

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Newest National Historic Landmark: Red Rocks, CO
( -- Colorado’s Red Rocks Park, famed for its amphitheater and naturalistic landscape design, has been named a national historic landmark…(more)

New Rules Slated for Everglades National Park, FL
(Miami Herald) -- While the new rules released Friday will restrict uses in some areas, the park also plans to open up Joe Bay, a crocodile habitat marked off-limits for 30 years, for catch-and-release fishing…(more)

New Campgrounds Open at Acadia National Park, ME
(Portland Press Herald) -- The National Park Service is opening a new campground that will be part of Acadia National Park… (more)

Fires settle while Pacific Crest Trail reopens
(Register Guard) -- The entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail within Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is now open… (more)

Canyonlands National Park receives high honors
( -- “The Park’s achievement helps bring the awe-inspiring experience of an authentically dark, natural night to over half a million visitors a year.” (more)

National Park Service offers free admission
(National Parks Depot) -- The National Park Service (NPS) is one year short of its centennial, turning 99 years old on Tuesday… (more)

Changes abound for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
(The Morning Call) -- The potential visitor use management strategies were developed by the National Park Service following a series of public forums and invitation-only focus group meetings last spring… (more)

New coffee table read to hit shelves, celebrating National Park Service Centennial
(Grand Forks Herald) -- Titled "59 Illustrated National Parks, Celebrating 100 Years of Wilderness and Wonder," the book by Joel Anderson and his son, Nathan Anderson, features original poster illustrations… (more)

Fourth Graders granted free admission to National Parks
(Herald Extra) -- The program is part of the White House’s “Every Kid in the Park” initiative, in collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation… (more)

Partial park closure at Kenai Fjords National Park for presidential visit
(Seward City News) -- Beginning on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 12:01 am through late afternoon that same day, the Exit Glacier area of Kenai Fjords National Park will be temporarily closed to the public… (more)

New discovery made at Wind Cave National Park, SD
(Huffington Post) -- Hundreds of feet beneath the Black Hills, a team of scientists and researchers snake through dark, narrow and silent corridors of ancient rock to reach their goal… (more)

New land addition to the National Park Service
(Daily Press) -- The state plans to transfer more than 100 acres of Fort Monroe to the National Park Service… (more)

Everglades National Park kickstarts Python Challenge
(Miami Herald) -- The Python Challenge; a bounty hunt that drew hunters from across the country and media from around the world… (more)

Plans to upgrade Dinosaur National Monument in the works
( -- Utah Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop want their own version of Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" here in Utah… (more)

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