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Spring has sprung and Americans will soon be able to enjoy the warmer weather in their National Parks. During an Earth Day ceremony held at the White House, President Trump announced that thanks to the “significant progress” made against the coronavirus in recent weeks, national parks and public lands would reopen.

Canyonlands National Park Credit: NPS

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is encouraging people to practice social distancing in the great outdoors, announcing that it was temporarily suspending entrance fees for public lands across the country. While this is good news for the broader public, the possibility of a surge of visitors underscores the need to adequately fund park maintenance—a problem the U.S. Senate appeared on the verge of addressing before the epidemic reached the U.S.

NPS staff reapplies mortar to an ancient wall

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A national parks bill with overwhelming bipartisan backing easily cleared a key Senate committee this week, likely putting the bill on a fast track for full Senate approval.

Above the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colo.--Shutterstock

A new report released by the Department of Interior shows that commercial and recreational activity on public lands continues to play a huge role in supporting economic growth and job creation in the United States, especially in Western states.

Restore Our Parks Act Moves Closer to House Vote

by Erin Mundahl October 16, 2019

Western Wire

The Restore Our Parks Act, a bipartisan bill to boost National Parks Service funding to cover a deferred maintenance backlog, has passed a key hurdle and should be ready for a vote soon in the U.S. House. The National Parks Service could see an influx of funding to cover its deferred maintenance backlog, thanks to the legislation which has so far attracted 317 bipartisan cosponsors

Canyonlands National Park Credit: NPS

There are countless iconic views throughout the National Park system, but some of the best known are found in the orange-red canyons and stone arches of southern Utah. Arches National Park and nearby Canyonlands National Park have become favorite destinations for tourists from around the world, many of whom visit both in the same trip.

Tom Steyer

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California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer has entered the 2020 presidential race in pursuit of the Democratic nomination and introduced what he calls a “Justice-Centered Climate Plan.”