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February 09, 2016
Comment Sought on Vietnam Veterans Memorial Scope of Collection Statement
The National Park Service is accepting comments through March 10 on a draft Scope of Collection Statement for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The new collection guidelines would retain only those items left at the memorial directly related to the names on the memorial, to Vietnam veterans in general or to the overall Vietnam experience.

January 26, 2016
Fun Facts About Snow Removal at the National Mall
As the National Mall digs out from last week’s historic snowstorm, National Park Service crews are moving 8.25 million cubic feet of snow from the memorials, roads, parking lots and sidewalks, which is enough to fill the Washington Monument 18.4 times.

December 17, 2015
Visitor Cited for Illegal Drone Operation near Washington Monument
WASHINGTON – At 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16 the United States Park Police observed three individuals operating an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, in the northeast quadrant of the Washington Monument grounds.

September 28, 2015
Gay Vietzke Named Superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks
Gay Vietzke, a national park manager with 23 years’ experience and expertise in public-private partnerships and historic preservation, will serve as the new superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks.

September 25, 2015
National Mall Welcomes Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors
As new Student Conservation Association Centennail Volunteer Ambassadors, Kersten Laveroni and Ayomide Sekiteri will help prepare the National Mall and Memorial Parks for the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016.

August 31, 2015
Work on Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to Begin After Labor Day
Approximately 30 feet of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will be drained starting September 8 to allow for the removal and reconstruction of a small portion of the pool basin.

August 06, 2015
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and National Park Service Unveil "Items Left at the Wall - The Virtual Collection"
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service today unveiled Items Left at The Wall – a virtual collection of nearly 500 items left at The Wall that can now be seen at

June 12, 2015
DC Circulator Begins Service to the National Mall
DC Circulator now provides shuttle service to 15 stops around the National Mall. Service costs just $1 per rider and provides access to more then 25 monument, museums and points of interest around the Mall.

May 11, 2015
NPS Seeks Public Comment on Invasive Plant Management
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.

April 06, 2015
Washington D.C. Area National Parks Join Find Your Park Movement
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

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