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Suspicious Fire Burns Into Everglades National Park

Firefighters Monday were battling a wildfire that started outside of Everglades National Park but quickly entered the park and grew to roughly 1,400 acres. The fire was spotted Sunday afternoon about 5 miles south of U.S. 41 in the northeast corner of the park. Everglades Fire Management along with Florida Forest Service and Miami Dade Fire Rescue were working to contain the fire and reduce smoke impacts.
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3 Days In John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

My home in the Pacific Northwest is from 2 hours to a full day’s drive of several national parks, national monuments, and national recreation areas. Because of the nearness of so many public lands, my 2020 goal is to travel to and photograph at least one or two units I’ve never visited within the National Park System. So, this past March, I packed the car and headed to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in eastern Oregon, where I spent 3 days exploring and photographing the area. This national monument is an absolute treasure trove of plant and mammal fossils ranging from 7 million to 44 million years in age. I can barely wrap my head around 20 years, much less millions of years. John Day Fossil Beds is chock full of amazing geological features and gorgeous scenery perfect for your camera, with plenty of learning opportunities for your brain.

RV Etiquette Basics In A Post-Pandemic World

RVing used to be so simple. You plan for a road trip, you pack your rig, and you go. But in our post-pandemic nation, we’ll have an added layer of RV etiquette basics to consider when camping in national parks. Common neighborly courtesies like respecting campsite boundaries and minimizing generator noise are still advisable. But now, all of us will have to go a step further to nurture neighborliness and reap the rewards of life after lockdown. As RV life ambassadors, here’s what we need to preach and practice from arrival to departure.

Traveler's View: America's Best Idea Needs Help

While we're spending National Park Week trying to enjoy the parks virtually, we also need to spend time pondering the condition of the National Park System and asking what needs to be done to show we really believe the parks are America's Best Idea. Just saying those three words doesn't make it so.

Coping With Coronavirus: Theodore Roosevelt National Park Closed

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another national park, with Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota closed to all recreational use. “Closing the park was a difficult decision to make during a time when people are seeking recreation and enjoyment in the outdoors," said Superintendent Wendy Ross. "This action will protect the people who work here, live here, visit here, and cherish this place. We look forward to welcoming the public back to their park as we transition to a new normal in the coming months.”

National Parks Quiz And Trivia #6

I recently received my book Scenic Science of the National Parks, by Emily Hoff and Maygen Keller. Not too long ago, the Traveler interviewed these two authors for Podcast #51. I love learning about the things I photograph when exploring national parks, and I was pleased and proud to discover some of my photographs highlight information mentioned in their book. So, for National Parks Quiz and Trivia #6, I thought I’d use material found in Scenic Science of the National Park. Remember, test your national parks knowledge first, before checking the answers at the bottom of the page.

Army Corps Says No "Clear Evidence" Of Adverse Impacts From Oil Exploration At Big Cypress

While the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that it hasn't found any "clear evidence" of adverse impacts from an oil company's exploratory work in Big Cypress National Preserve, an outside consultant who visited the preserve in March to examine the work has found a number of significant impacts to the landscape that could remain for years if not properly addressed.
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Coping With Coronavirus: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Closes

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan on Tuesday closed its trails, trailheads, picnic areas, parking areas, and boat launches to the public, and also banned beach fires in an expanded effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Previous closures of the visitor center, campgrounds, and restrooms remain in place.

Traveler's View: Waiting On The Parks...

Refreshing the National Park Service's press release website does not increase the frequency of new releases. With a good percentage of the National Park System closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's getting more and more difficult to uncover news from across the system. It seems that many of the communications staff are not considered essential to come into the office, and so news is definitely moving slowly these days.