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    Mammoth Cave

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News Releases


On this page are the latest press releases from Mammoth Cave National Park. For further information on any of these items, please contact the park's Public Information Officer.


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November 25, 2014
Cave Sing is December 7
Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead invites all area residents to the 35th annual Cave Sing, Sunday, December 7, 2014. Participants will depart from the Visitor Center at 2:00 p.m. for this free event.

November 14, 2014
Mammoth Cave NP seeks public comment on proposed fee increases
Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead announced today that the Park is seeking public comment on a proposed increase in user fees, which would take effect in 2015. Public comment will be accepted from November 14 to December 5, 2014. Written comments may be submitted through the National Park Service planning website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/MACA.

November 03, 2014
Dream Rocket has landed at Mammoth Cave National Park
Dream big! That’s the purpose of Dream Rocket artwork. Student Dream Rocket creations that focus on Mammoth Cave’s biodiversity are on display now in the park visitor center. The exhibit will continue through November 16, 2014.

October 31, 2014
Veterans Day - free Mammoth Passage Tours
Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, in recognition of Veterans Day.

October 31, 2014
Roots in the Cave 2014 - Legacy of the Lees
Roots in the Cave, November 7-8, 2014, is a time when families gather to share memories of their communities that once graced the hills and hollows – and caves – of what is now a national park. The public is invited.

October 23, 2014
Mammoth Cave Back Country Horsemen commit to park trail work
On October 15, 2014, Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead signed an agreement with representatives of the Mammoth Cave Back Country Horsemen, a chapter of the Kentucky Back Country Horsemen, as a way to improve maintenance of the park’s horse trails.

September 24, 2014
Lora Peppers returns to Mammoth Cave as Chief Ranger
As the chief ranger at Mammoth Cave, Lora Peppers oversees all law enforcement, emergency services and response, and search and rescue.

September 22, 2014
Free Mammoth Passage tours for National Public Lands Day September 27
Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours on Saturday, September 27, in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

August 25, 2014
Happy 98th Birthday National Park Service!
August 25, 2014, is the 98th birthday of the National Park Service, and the 198th anniversary of the first cave tours through Mammoth Cave – and more!

August 25, 2014
Bat Night takes flight September 6
On Saturday, September 6, Mammoth Cave National Park will celebrate its fourth annual Bat Night. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about bats, talk to bat researchers, and gain hands-on experience using the scientific equipment that researchers use to study bats. All Bat Night events and activities are free and open to the public.

August 11, 2014
Free Mammoth Passage tours on August 25
Happy 98th birthday NPS! Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours on Monday, August 25, in recognition of Founders Day, the founding day of the National Park Service.

July 29, 2014
TNC meets and works at Mammoth Cave NP
Staff members of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Kentucky Chapter visited Mammoth Cave National Park last weekend to view the work TNC has accomplished within the park, and as an orientation for the group’s new state director, David Phemister. Also attending were six high school students from Atlanta, Ga., interning with TNC through its Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future, or LEAF. This week, TNC staff will be back at Mammoth Cave to remove invasive plants from the park barrens, near Park City.

July 09, 2014
Eagle Scout installs horse rest area on Collie Ridge Trail
Thanks to Eagle Scout Michael Kern, Mammoth Cave National Park has a new horse trailside rest-area along Collie Ridge Trail, deep in the park’s backcountry. Kern planned and constructed 10 hitching posts to earn his Eagle Scout designation.

June 27, 2014
Sewage from May 27 spill detected inside Mammoth Cave
Sewage from a spill on May 27, 2014, has been detected inside Mammoth Cave. Following the spill, park staff began collecting water samples above and below ground. Samples collected on June 16 showed elevated levels of the bacteria Escherichia coli (E.coli), a common indicator of sewage. Levels of E.coli in subsequent samples returned to lower, background levels, but then rose following storm events.

June 02, 2014
Mammoth Cave NP begins public scoping for cave management plan
Mammoth Cave National Park Acting Superintendent Russell Runge announced planning has begun for development of a cave management plan for the park. The park is now seeking public comment regarding the scope of the plan, June 2 through July, 31, 2014.

May 23, 2014
Mammoth Cave celebrates Big Hollow Trail June 7
Saturday, June 7, is National Trails Day, the perfect day to celebrate a new backcountry feature at Mammoth Cave – Big Hollow Trail. Park staff and trail enthusiasts will gather at the Maple Springs Trailhead at 10:00 a.m. to hear a few remarks and to cut a ribbon on Big Hollow Trail.

March 31, 2014
Be a Project Budburst observer
Mammoth Cave National Park as a Project Budburst Partner is asking the public to watch and record the leafing, flowering and fruiting cycles of ten plant species. Project Budburst is a network of people, citizen scientists, across the United States who monitor plants and collect ecological data as the seasons change.

March 06, 2014
Mammoth Cave NP creates $40.4 million in economic benefit
A new National Park Service report shows that 508,054 visitors to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2012 spent $40.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 574 jobs in the local area.

March 05, 2014
Dave Wyrick leads Mammoth Cave guides
Dave Wyrick is the chief of interpretation and visitor services at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.

February 24, 2014
White-nose syndrome found in tour routes of Mammoth Cave
White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease that is deadly to bats, has been found to be present along the toured passageways of Mammoth Cave. Park staff discovered WNS in remote sections of Mammoth Cave last year, including colonial hibernacula.

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