March 06, 2014
Cause of Rocks Mountain Fire in Shenandoah National Park Determined
Shenandoah National Park personnel have determined that the cause of the Rocks Mountain Fire was an illegal campfire. The fire, which was reported to the park at approximately 3:10 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, had burned approximately 450 acres inside Shenandoah National Park before a winter storm brought rain, sleet and snow to the area.
March 04, 2014
Rain and Snow Dampen the Rocks Mountain Fire in Shenandoah National Park
Before the fire reached containment lines, rain, sleet and snow fell on the Rocks Mountain Fire late Sunday and much of Monday. Fire managers will continue to monitor the fire and, when the snow melts, firefighters will patrol the area for hot spots. Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup said: “The goal remains to keep the fire inside the park and, thanks to the firefighters’ hard work and the precipitation, we’re confident we can do that.”
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.
March 02, 2014
Rain and Snow Forecast for Rocks Mountain Fire in Shenandoah National Park
The Rocks Mountain Fire in the southern third of Shenandoah National Park remains within the park’s boundary. Firefighters ensured containment lines were as secure as possible and then were sent to their homes as the winter storm approached the area this afternoon. Park fire managers will monitor the fire and plan for continued actions depending upon the effects of the winter storm.
February 28, 2014
Shenandoah National Park Fire Closes Trails
Shenandoah National Park personnel are responding to the Rocks Mountain Fire located in the South District of the park. Personnel are currently sizing up the fire and staging resources in the area. Early estimates put the fire at approximately 70 acres.
December 30, 2013
Byrd Visitor Center Open on Weekends
The Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center at Big Meadows (mile 51 on Skyline Drive) in Shenandoah National Park will be open on winter weekends, weather permitting. Beginning January 11, 2014, the visitor center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays when the Skyline Drive is open.
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.
August 26, 2013
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Shenandoah National Park
On August 19, 2013, Shenandoah National Park Natural Resources staff confirmed the presence of a single emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle in the park. The adult beetle was caught in an EAB surveillance trap in the Dickey Ridge Picnic Grounds, in the park’s northern section. The level of EAB infestation in this area is not known, but park staff, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Forestry, will soon survey the Dickey Ridge area.
July 29, 2013
National Park Service Denies Madison County Request to Establish New Park Entrance on Rapidan Road
Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup announced today he has denied Madison County’s request to establish a new entrance for motor vehicles into the national park on Rapidan Road in Madison County.
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.