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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.

August 12, 2014
One Common Unity Brings Youth, Parents and Adult Professionals to End of Year Summer Retreat
One Common Unity Brings Youth, Parents and Adult Professionals to End of Year Summer Retreat. On Sunday, August 10, 2014, 40 DC urban youth journeyed to Camp Round Meadow in Catoctin Mountain Park as part of The Fly By Light: Discover Your True Nature (FBL) program, a pilot partnership with the NPS National Capital Region (NCR) parks, which provides vulnerable D.C. youth with safe spaces in which they learn to express themselves emotionally and artistically.

August 01, 2014
Catoctin Mountain Park Invites Individuals and Groups to Join the Barberry Brigade
The goal of the Barberry Brigade is to recruit 100 volunteer teams to contribute 100 hours or more with the objective of removing visual signs of Japanese Barberry within 100 feet of all roads, trails and developed areas in Catoctin Mountain Park by the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service on August 25, 2016. Participating individuals volunteering 10 or more hours to this cause will receive a special patch. All members of the Barberry Brigade will be invited to a recognition picnic on National Public Lands Day in September, 2016. The Barberry Brigade will require more enthusiasm than skill, as plants will be literally ripped from the soil. Interested individuals or groups may enlist by contacting Volunteer Coordinator Debra Mills at debbie_mills@nps.gov, or by calling 301-663-9399. Participation is possible year-round, but conditions for pulling are best in late Spring and early Fall.

July 01, 2014
Catoctin Mountain Park Volunteer Jim Robbins Receives National Award for Volunteerism
H. H. "Jim" Robbins from Catoctin Mountain Park was honored with the George and Helen Hartzog Individual Volunteer Award for the National Park Service.

June 23, 2014
Catoctin Mountain Park Volunteers Win 2012-2013 National Park Service Regional Awards
Catoctin Mountain Park Volunteers Win National Park Service Regional Awards

June 23, 2014
Catoctin Mountain Park Ranger Lindsey Donaldson Wins Regional Director’s Award for Natural Resource Management
Catoctin Mountain Park Ranger Lindsey Donaldson Wins Regional Director's Award for Natural Resource Management

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.

February 24, 2014
Amish Volunteers to Assist Catoctin Mountain Park
A team of eight young Amish men led by an experienced craftsman will spend one month restoring rustic cabins built during Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program in 1937. Working under the direction of Catoctin Mountain Park’s historic preservation carpenters Mark Hauver and Roger Pickett, the Amish group, will reduce designated cabins to original components then restore, replace or, re-create structural elements using historically accurate techniques and materials. The group will travel by train from Napanee, Indiana and spend most of March at the park.

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