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September 11, 2014
Shenandoah National Park Selects Sandy Long for Inaugural Artist-in-Residence Program
Shenandoah National Park is pleased to announce Pennsylvania-based photographer Sandy Long, as the artist selected for the Park’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence program.

September 04, 2014
Shenandoah National Park Plans Prescribed Burn in Big Meadows
Shenandoah National Park Fire Managers plan to burn 35 acres of Big Meadows (milepost 51) sometime between September 20 and October 10, 2014, weather permitting.

July 25, 2014
Tourism to Shenandoah National Park creates $72.4 million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.14 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2013 spent $72.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 889 jobs in the local area.

July 14, 2014
Successful Restoration of State-threatened Peregrine Continues in Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park Natural Resources staff, working in partnership with the Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William & Mary, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries,and the Virginia Department of Transportation, has successfully restored nine peregrine falcons in the park.

July 09, 2014
“Get Your Kids Hiking!"
Shenandoah National Park and the Shenandoah National Park Association are delighted to once again host a special program featuring Jeff Alt, renowned author of Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun, who will inspire families to enjoy and care for nature and the outdoors. On Saturday, July 19, 2014, 11:00 a.m. join Jeff, as he teams up with Shenandoah National Park Rangers to lead kids and accompanying adults on a short hike loaded with hands-on family hiking tips and ways to explore the outdoors.

June 21, 2014
Celebrating Wilderness through Art in Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park will be hosting a one-day seminar on Saturday, July 12, 2014, as part of the year-long 50th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act, which initially set aside more than 9 million acres of public land as Congressionally-designated wilderness. "Celebrating Wilderness through Art" will provide a special opportunity to join two local artists to learn fun and easy nature writing and drawing exercises that will help preserve your own nature and wilderness experiences. The seminar will feature the Wilderness resources found in Shenandoah National Park.

June 10, 2014
Additional Emerald Ash Borer Found
Shenandoah National Park staff has confirmed the existence of additional emerald ash borer beetles (EAB) in the park. Sixty-five adult EAB beetles were caught in an EAB surveillance trap near the park’s northern boundary and the town of Front Royal.

June 05, 2014
Shenandoah National Park Expands Neighbor Appreciation Day
Each year Shenandoah National Park staff invite community neighbors to enjoy a fee-free day in the park in celebration of Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day. On June 21, 2014, Shenandoah will waive entrance fees for those residents living in counties bordering the park, including: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham, and Warren. Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day is an annual event held on the third Saturday of each June.

May 28, 2014
“Get Your Kids Hiking!” in Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park and the Shenandoah National Park Association are delighted to once again host a special program featuring Jeff Alt, renowned author of Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun, who will inspire families to enjoy and care for nature and the outdoors.

May 20, 2014
Celebrate National Trails Day® at Shenandoah National Park
Celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, June 7, 2014. In partnership with Shenandoah National Park, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) invites new hikers and experienced backpackers to learn new trail skills at PATC Trail Patrol’s “Beyond the Trailhead” event at Byrd Visitor Center (milepost 51 on Skyline Drive) from 9:15 am to 3:30 pm. Come join guided hikes and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day.

April 29, 2014
National Park Service Seeks Comments on Environmental Assessment for Dooms – Bremo 230-kV Transmission Line Upgrade for Right-of-Way and Special Use Permit
Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup and Appalachian National Scenic Trail Superintendent Wendy Jansen announced today that the public is invited to review and comment on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for Dooms – Bremo 230-kV Transmission Line Upgrade for Right-of-Way and Special Use Permit.

March 14, 2014
Shenandoah National Park Seeks Input for Foundation Document
The National Park Service (NPS) has begun the process of preparing a Foundation Document for planning and management of Shenandoah National Park. A Foundation Document involves revisiting the park’s core purpose and significance, most important resources and values, and the interpretive themes that tell Shenandoah’s important stories.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Shenandoah National Park creates $76 million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.2 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2012 spent $76 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 945 jobs in the local area.

December 05, 2013
Shenandoah National Park Completes CWD Detection and Assessment Plan
Shenandoah National Park staff recently concluded a planning process for a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Detection and Assessment Plan after receiving a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) decision. The purpose of the CWD plan in Shenandoah National Park is to establish a framework that allows the National Park Service (NPS) to determine with a high level of confidence whether CWD is present in the park’s deer population; to understand the prevalence and distribution of CWD if it is detected in the park; to support future decision-making relative to long-term management of CWD in the park’s deer population; and to cooperate/coordinate to a greater degree with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF)in its surveillance efforts.

September 18, 2012
Shenandoah National Park Co-Hosts 79th Civilian Conservation Corps Reunion
Shenandoah National Park, along with the Barlow family of Stanley, Virginia, will be co-hosting the 79th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Alumni Reunion on September 29, 2012. The public is invited to meet with Alumni and hear first-hand about their experiences. Alumni reunion events will take place at the Big Meadows Lodge Massanutten Room beginning at 9:00 a.m. with remarks from park superintendent Martha Bogle.

Did You Know?

A closeup view of the delicate pink blooms of Mountain Laurel

Although it is native to the Blue Ridge Mountains, much of the beautiful mountain laurel you see blooming along Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive in June was planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. More...