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November 10, 2014
Shenandoah National Park Seeks Public Input on Proposed Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking to amend the approved 2013Chronic Wasting Disease Detection/Assessment Plan, Shenandoah National Park to include response actions necessary to address chronic wasting disease (CWD) within five miles of or within the park. Although CWD has not been detected in the park, it has been documented approximately 12 miles from the park’s northern boundary. The spread of the disease into the park appears imminent, and park staff has determined that a plan for managing the disease is needed. CWD is a serious, non-native disease which threatens deer populations, related natural resources, and visitor experiences at Shenandoah National Park. The proposed plan amendment calls for the lethal removal of deer within specific developed areas of Shenandoah National Park to reduce the likelihood of CWD establishment and decrease the disease’s progression within the park.

October 20, 2014
Shenandoah National Park Dedicates TRACK Trails Activity Trail
To encourage children and their families to get outdoors, Shenandoah National Park has partnered with the Kids in Parks program to establish the Limberlost Trail as a TRACK Trails location. Supported with a grant from the Shenandoah National Park Trust, the park’s activity trail includes a new introductory exhibit and activity guide. The public is invited to attend an opening ceremony on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. The trail dedication will take place at the Limberlost Trail parking area at milepost 43 and will be followed by family-friendly, ranger-led hike at 10:00 a.m.

October 16, 2014
Shenandoah National Park to Implement Night Closures of Skyline Drive During Virginia 2014 Hunting Season
Park Superintendent Jim Northup announced today that portions of the Skyline Drive, the famed mountain road through Shenandoah National Park, will be closed at night during hunting season.

October 03, 2014
Shenandoah National Park Trust Research Grant Announced
To facilitate and encourage scientific research in Shenandoah National Park, a research fellowship program is being offered, funded by the Shenandoah National Park Trust, to support field research in the physical, biological, ecological, social, and cultural sciences. The funding will support projects conducted in the park and help answer questions important to park managers. The grants are managed by Shenandoah National Park and up to $15,000 per grant will be awarded.

October 02, 2014
Shenandoah National Park Prepares for Fall Travel Season
Shorter days and cooler nights signal the arrival of fall in Shenandoah National Park. Every autumn is different, and park staff is looking forward to a wonderful fall season. Some of the trees and other plants are already putting on their autumn colors.

September 25, 2014
Shenandoah National Park Completes Rock Outcrop Management Plan
After years of planning and public input, Shenandoah National Park staff recently concluded the Rock Outcrop Management Plan (ROMP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) planning process with the signing of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

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 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.

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