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August 10, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Announces Deer Herd Health Study and Temporary Road Closures
Park Central and Manahan Roads, located in Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont, Maryland, will close intermittently to vehicle traffic between 8:30 p.m. and 4 am on Tuesday September 1, through Thursday September 3, 2015 for a deer herd health study. The study will occur after dusk when the park is closed.

August 04, 2015
Guest Artists to Share their Talents in the Catoctin Mountains
THURMONT, MD- The Catoctin Forest Alliance, Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park will host Artists In Residence in August and September. The artists will share their talents during public presentations at Catoctin Mountain Park, Cunningham Falls State Park and the Thurmont Regional Library.

July 31, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Announces Temporary Closures August 1-2 2015
Due to increased security measures, portions of Catoctin Mountain Park will be closed effective Saturday, August 1, 2015 10:00 AM. Closures are scheduled to continue through Sunday, August 2, 2015 at approximately 4:00 PM.

May 31, 2015
The Frederick Stake LDS Church and Catoctin Mountain Park Celebrate National Trails Day with Special Trail Activities
Catoctin Mountain Park joins the Frederick Stake LDS Church, Cunningham Falls State Park, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and Gambrill State Park in celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6.

May 13, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Enacts Partial Closures for the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit on Thursday May 14
Due to the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit activities, Catoctin Mountain Park will be partially and temporarily closed to the public beginning on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at approximately 11:59 p.m. through Thursday, May 14 at 11:59 p.m.

May 11, 2015
National Park Service Seeks Public Comments on Invasive Plant Management Plan for 15 National Capital Region Parks
Washington – The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting public scoping comments on an Invasive Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) for 15 national parks in the greater Washington DC region. The plan/EA will identify long-term strategies to reduce impacts and threats from invasive plants, and will provide opportunities for restoring native plant communities and historic landscapes. Comments are being accepted through June 10, 2015 and can be submitted online.

May 01, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Announces Temporary Closures for May 2-3 2015
Due to increased security measures, portions of Catoctin Mountain Park will be closed effective Saturday, May 2, 2015 at approximately 8:00 AM. Closures are scheduled to continue through Sunday, May 3, 2015 at approximately 2:30 PM.

April 21, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Schedules Late Spring Activities
All park roads that were closed for the winter have reopened. Visitors and volunteers are encouraged to participate in the following late Spring activities and programs scheduled at Catoctin Mountain Park

April 06, 2015
Washington DC Area National Parks Join Find Your Park Movement National Park Week 2015 Encourages Everyone To Find Your Park
National capital region parks join national parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. To inspire area residents to find their park and to help engage a new generation of park stewards, area parks will offer fee free days on April 18 and 19. Several area parks will also offer special programs throughout National Park Week, which runs April 18-26, and on National Junior Ranger Day, April 18.

April 01, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Donates More Than 4485 Pounds of Deer Meat To Local Food Banks
Catoctin Mountain Park completed the sixth year of white-tailed deer population reduction as prescribed in the Catoctin White-tailed Deer Management Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement. The plan addressed the consumption of tree and shrub seedlings by an increasing deer population, which has limited the ability of native forests to regenerate.

April 01, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Joins National Find Your Park Movement
Catoctin Mountain Park joins national parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.

March 27, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park to Host the Third Annual Frederick County Outdoor School Reunion at Camp Greentop
The Third Annual Frederick County Outdoor School Reunion will be held at Camp Greentop in Catoctin Mountain Park on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The Reunion celebrates memories of the Frederick County Outdoor School Program that operated at Camp Greentop from 1957 until 1996.

March 16, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Reopens Park Facilities and Announces Spring Activities
The Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 19. Closed portions of roads within the park are also scheduled for reopening.

March 16, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Announces 2015 Youth Conservation Corps Program
The National Park Service is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program at Catoctin Mountain Park. This is an exciting opportunity for high school students to spend their summer doing meaningful work in a National Park! The YCC program lasts for eight weeks beginning on June 22, 2015 and ending on August 14, 2015

February 18, 2015
Burst Water Pipe Forces Closure of the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center
The Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center has been closed due to safety issues related to a pipe burst by recent low temperatures. The center will remain closed for the immediate future due to associated damage. Ceiling tile and carpet will need to be replaced. While there is no projected reopening date at this time, closure is anticipated through the end of February.

February 03, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Proposes Change to Fee Structure
Catoctin Mountain Park invites public comment on changes to facility use and special park use permit fees that will become effective May 1, 2015.

February 02, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Reschedules February Deer Management
Catoctin Mountain Park deer management operations have been rescheduled to include February 11-12. Deer management operations that were previously scheduled for February 2-3 were cancelled due to adverse weather conditions including fog and ice.

January 27, 2015
Law Enforcement Rangers Retire from Catoctin Mountain Park
Chief Ranger Holly Rife and Law Enforcement Ranger John Kempisty have retired from the National Park Service effective December 31, 2014.

January 27, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Ranger Don Stanley Wins Regional Harry Yount Award
Donald Stanley, Park Ranger at Catoctin Mountain Park, has been selected to receive the National Capital Region’s Harry Yount Award. Named after Harry Yount, the first National Park Ranger, the award recognizes individual excellence in the art and science of rangering.

January 22, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Proposes Changes to Fee Structure
Catoctin Mountain Park invites public comment on changes to facility use and special park use permit fees that will become effective May 1, 2015.

January 08, 2015
Catoctin Mountain Park Reschedules Deer Management
Catoctin Mountain Park deer management operations have been rescheduled to include January 12-15, February 2-5, and February 23-26.

December 03, 2014
Catoctin Mountain Park Adjusts Visitor Center Hours
The Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center will close on Wednesdays beginning December 3, 2014 to increase efficiency and reduce rising energy costs. The closures will continue through March 25, 2015 when the Visitor Center will return to a seven day operation. As Wednesdays are the lowest visitation day, impact to visitors will be negligible.

November 13, 2014
Catoctin Mountain Park Revises Road and Park Closure Schedule
Catoctin Mountain Park has revised the closure schedule for deer reduction activities. Portions of Catoctin Mountain Park (CATO) will be periodically closed Monday – Thursday from 10:00 am until sunset, beginning November 17 through December 18, 2014. During this time, CATO staff will conduct white-tailed deer herd reduction activities in accordance with the Catoctin White-tailed Deer Management Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement. These activities will also occur after sunset, when the Park is closed to visitors.

October 29, 2014
Catoctin Mountain Park Cancels Firewood Permit Program
The Catoctin Mountain Park Firewood Permit Program, announced October 15, 2014, has been cancelled. A recently funded Hazardous Fuel Reduction Contract will engage contractors to reduce concentrations of hazardous fuel in specified areas, and eliminates the need for the previously announced collection policy.

October 28, 2014
Temporary Closures are Announced at Catoctin Mountain Park
Portions of Catoctin Mountain Park will be closed effective Friday, October 31, 2014 from approximately 8:00 AM through approximately 11:00 AM for training exercises.

October 15, 2014
Catoctin Mountain Park Announces Fall Activities Schedule and Road Closures
Catoctin Mountain Park announces fall activities, road closures and deer reduction activities.

October 14, 2014
Visitor Suffers Fatal Heart Attack while Hiking at Catoctin Mountain Park
A 69 year old male park visitor experienced a medical incident while hiking with his family on the Hog Rock Trail in Catoctin Mountain Park on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. A 911 call, received at approximately 1323 hours, requested medical assistance for an unconscious patient.

September 19, 2014
Catoctin Mountain Park Announces Temporary Closures September 19-21, 2014
Due to increased security measures, portions of Catoctin Mountain Park will be closed effective Friday, September 19, 2014 at approximately 3:00 PM. Closures are scheduled to continue through Sunday, September 21, 2014 at approximately 3:00 PM.

September 04, 2014
Catoctin Mountain Park Invites Public Comment on Changes to the 2014 Superintendent’s Compendium
At the direction of National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, Superintendent Mel Poole has made revisions to the 2014 Catoctin Mountain Park Superintendent’s Compendium. The changes immediately prohibit launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by Catoctin Mountain Park.

March 05, 2014
2014 Economic Impact
National Park Survey Quantifies Catoctin Mountain Park’s Local Economic Impact. Detail of these impacts, and the methodology used for the study are contained in the publication, 2012 National Parks Spending Effects, available at : http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.

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