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    Theodore Roosevelt

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November 03, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Proposes Recreational Fee Increases
Medora, ND – Theodore Roosevelt National Park invites the public, stakeholders, and local, state, and federal officials to provide feedback on a proposed new fee schedule. The National Park Service has developed a fee increase for entrance and camping that would go into effect in May 2015. A Special Interpretive Activity Fee may apply to programs that require limiting visitor group numbers or using additional staff. The current National Park Service standard fee schedule has remained unchanged since 2006.

October 14, 2014
Elk Population Maintenance Program Resumes
MEDORA, ND: The National Park Service will resume the maintenance phase of the Elk Management Plan in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. A limited number of elk will be removed by park staff beginning October 20 and, if required, the reduction period could extend into late January. Use of volunteers was considered, but will not be necessary during this phase.

September 11, 2014
Second Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival
MEDORA, ND: Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora invite curious minds of all ages to spend an early autumn weekend exploring our mysterious universe. Park rangers, astronomers, and space enthusiasts of all types will gather for the Second Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21.

August 19, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Celebrate National Park Service Founders Day
MEDORA, ND: The National Park Service will celebrate its 98th birthday on Monday, August 25. Entrance fees will be waived at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, giving visitors a late summer opportunity to enjoy the park free of charge.

August 13, 2014
Friends to Sponsor Elkhorn Ranch Outing
The Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park invite the public for a special trip to discover the Elkhorn Ranch on Sunday, August 24.

August 13, 2014
Park to Host Annual Badlands Star Party
Theodore Roosevelt National Park invites the public to the 30th Annual Badlands Star Party in the park’s North Unit on Friday and Saturday, August 22 and 23.

June 24, 2014
Aerial Spraying to Control Invasive Weeds
Aerial spraying of herbicide to control Canada thistle and leafy spurge in backcountry areas is expected to begin in Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Wednesday, June 24. Spraying will continue for two to three days, weather permitting, or until approximately 700 acres have been treated. Spraying operations will take place only in the North Unit of the park.

May 23, 2014
Park Implements Firewood Restrictions
In an effort to curb the spread of an insect, the Emerald Ash Borer, Theodore Roosevelt National Park has implemented firewood restrictions for the campgrounds in the North and South Units.

May 23, 2014
Trail Rides
Summer trail rides will begin in Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Saturday, May 24. Shadow Country Outfitters, the park’s only concessioner, runs the popular horseback riding operation from the historic Peaceful Valley Ranch. The first ride of the season is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. MDT.

May 16, 2014
Life Saving Click It or Ticket Mobilization Begins
Theodore Roosevelt National Park wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. In order to enforce this reminder, park law enforcement rangers will be stepping up enforcement beginning May 19th 2014. Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound.

May 02, 2014
Spring and Summer Hours
Spring visitor center hours will be in effect at Theodore Roosevelt National Park beginning on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The South Unit Visitor Center is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. The North Unit Visitor Center, at the entrance to Juniper Campground, is open on Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CDT. The Painted Canyon Visitor Center will open for the season on Saturday, May 3. Hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT.

April 15, 2014
GO WILD During National Park Week
Theodore Roosevelt National Park invites the public to GO WILD! for nature, history, wildlife, and fun during National Park Week, April 19 - 27. Entrance to the park during this annual nation-wide celebration will be free Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20, as the National Park Service is offering free entrance at all of its 401 park units which regularly charge fees.

April 04, 2014
Emergency Road Repairs to Begin in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Emergency road repairs will begin this week, weather permitting, in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

March 31, 2014
Prescribed Fires to be Conducted
The National Park Service plans to implement prescribed fire projects in Theodore Roosevelt National Park's North and South Units between April 3 and May 20, 2014.

March 04, 2014
Economic Impact
MEDORA, North Dakota – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 669,242 visitors to Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in 2012 spent $39.237 million in communities near these parks. That spending supported 528 jobs in the surrounding areas.

February 21, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Seeking Comments on North Unit Visitor Center Replacement
The National Park Service (NPS) is beginning the process to replace the visitor center in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The current visitor center is now abandoned because of recurring structural issues. The size of the replacement visitor center is unknown at this time, but is not expected to exceed 4,700 square feet, the size of the abandoned one. The replacement visitor center will also house employee office space for the North Unit staff.

February 10, 2014
President’s Day Weekend is Fee Free
To celebrate Presidents Day weekend, Theodore Roosevelt National Park will waive entrance and camping fees February 15-17.

January 13, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Waive Fees for MLK Day
Start the new year with a visit to a North Dakota national park. Theodore Roosevelt National Park will waive entrance and camping fees for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 20.

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