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Ancient juniper trees illegally cut in New Mexico monument

Nov. 30, 2021 13:44 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several dozen ancient alligator juniper trees have been illegally cut down at El Malpais National Monument in western New Mexico and authorities with the National Park Service are trying to find out who's responsible. Known for their unique...

Indiana Dunes' Mount Baldy keeps slowly blowing inland

Nov. 29, 2021 12:44 PM EST

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A towering sand dune at the Indiana Dunes National Park has kept up its inland creep, covering up an access road and threatening to bury a parking lot in the coming years. The park’s landmark Mount Baldy has largely been closed to public...

New head of SC historic site seeks stronger community ties

Nov. 28, 2021 00:06 AM EST

NINETY SIX, S.C. (AP) — Rolling mounds of earth spread out before Joshua Manley on his first day as the Ninety Six National Historic Site’s superintendent — 245 years worth of American history baked into the soil. Only grassed-over earthworks remain of the Star Fort...

Glacier National Park's historical architect loves his job

Nov. 25, 2021 08:13 AM EST

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park’s Kim Hyatt loves his job. As the park’s historical architect, it has been Hyatt’s duty for the past two years to ensure that any work done on the park’s buildings and structures is done in a way that preserves...

$4M grant helps preserve lesser-known Civil War battlefield

Nov. 23, 2021 18:01 PM EST

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The National Park Service announced Tuesday that it has awarded the largest single grant in the history of its American Battlefield Protection Program to help preserve one of the nation's lesser-known Civil War battlefields. The $4.6 million...

Artifact thief digs holes at South Carolina historical site

Nov. 22, 2021 12:56 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Federal agents in South Carolina are looking for someone who used a metal detector and dug 19 holes earlier this month looking for artifacts at a historic site which was once the Charleston area plantation of a signer of the U.S. Constitution. ...

Native American confirmed as head of National Park Service

Nov. 19, 2021 19:10 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved the nomination of Charles “Chuck” Sams III as National Park Service director, which will make him the first Native American to lead the agency. Some conservationists hailed Sams’ confirmation Thursday...

US national parks to offer look into green-friendly transit

Nov. 17, 2021 14:19 PM EST

Americans may soon get a better glimpse into a future of green-friendly transportation by visiting a U.S. national park. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg signed a joint pledge Wednesday to test some of the newest and most...

Mississippi State receives grant to return native remains

Nov. 14, 2021 12:29 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A new National Park Service grant will help Mississippi State University assess human remains found at a historically significant late prehistoric Native American mound near campus and return them to their decedents. The $90,000 grant is part of...

Tourism was up and so was parking revenue in Bar Harbor

Nov. 14, 2021 08:52 AM EST

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Bar Harbor enjoyed a busy tourism season. And that contributed to $2.2 million in parking fees this summer. The parking fees, permits and fines were nearly double the previous summer, when the COVID-19 pandemic stymied tourism in 2020, the...