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October 04, 2016
Western Maryland parks to implement White-Tailed Deer Management Plans
To provide for long-term protection and restoration of native vegetation, promote healthy and diverse forests and protect historic landscapes, three Western Maryland National Parks are preparing to implement previously approved white-tailed deer management plans this year. The National Park Service (NPS) will donate all suitable meat from reduction activities to local food banks.

September 30, 2016
Catoctin Mountain Park to Remove Hazardous Trees From Park
The tree work will continue intermittently through December and may result in periodic lane closures along Park roads and periodic closures of parking lots. As work is being completed near roadways, flagmen will direct traffic around the operations.

August 30, 2016
Catoctin Mountain Park celebrates with a centennial extravaganza
THURMONT, Md. – Catoctin Mountain Park celebrated the 100th birthday of the National Park Service with a Centennial Extravaganza at Camp Greentop from 10-3 on Saturday, August 27. The event was planned and hosted by the park and its partner, the Catoctin Forest Alliance (CFA). It was designed to showcase significant eras in the history of Catoctin Mountain through exhibits, demonstrations, programs and interactive activities presented by park rangers, volunteers and partners.

August 10, 2016
August 27 Centennial Extravaganza
Catoctin Mountain Park is partnering with the Catoctin Forest Alliance to present a Centennial Extravaganza celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service at Camp Greentop on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

July 28, 2016
Catoctin Mountain Park Announces Temporary Closures July 30-31, 2016
Due to increased security measures, portions of Catoctin Mountain Park will be closed effective Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:30 AM. Closures are scheduled to continue through Sunday, July 31, 2016 at approximately 2:30 PM.

June 22, 2016
Catoctin Mountain Park Allows Bouldering
After being closed to bouldering for several years, Catoctin Mountain Park will open bouldering access in all areas of the park. As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, the park is pleased to allow the local climbing community a chance to discover one of the national parks in their own backyard.

May 10, 2016
National Park Service Seeks Comments on Invasive Plant Management Plan for National Capital Region Parks
WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting public comments on an Invasive Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) for 15 national parks in the greater Washington D.C. region through June 9, 2016. Comments are accepted online or by mail.

April 19, 2016
BioBlitz is Coming to a National Park Near You - Register Now
Grab your magnifying glass and Metro card and explore the wilds in and around Washington, D.C., like never before! On May 20-21, parks across Greater Washington will participate in the National Parks BioBlitz. BioBlitz is a fun, fast-paced biological survey of a park’s creepers and crawlers, plants and pollinators, mammals and more! The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday with more than 100 BioBlitzes across the country.

April 13, 2016
Prescribed fire April 15 - 16 and Temporary Road Closure
Weather permitting Catoctin Mountain Park will conduct a prescribed fire on the 13 acre Quarters 5 property during the period of April 15-16, 2016.

March 21, 2016
Catoctin Mountain Park to Conduct a Prescribed Fire
Weather permitting Catoctin Mountain Park will conduct a prescribed fire on the 13 acre Braestrup property during the period of March 22-24, 2016.

March 10, 2016
2016 Spring Events Schedule
National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday during 2016 and Catoctin Mountain Park will be The offering a number of programs during this Centennial year. Additional events and programs will take place as well, so please check our website at for updates

March 05, 2016
Catoctin Mountain Park Announces 2016 Youth Conservation Corps Program
The National Park Service is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program at Catoctin Mountain Park. This is an exciting opportunity for high school students to spend their summer doing meaningful work in a National Park site! The YCC program is scheduled to last for eight weeks beginning on June 27, 2016 and ending on August 19, 2016.

February 17, 2016
Catoctin Mountain Park Donates More Than 30800 Pounds of Deer Meat to Local Food Banks
Catoctin Mountain Park completed the seventh year of white-tailed deer population reduction as prescribed in the Catoctin White-tailed Deer Management Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement. The plan addressed the consumption of tree and shrub seedlings by an increasing deer population, which has limited the ability of native forests to regenerate.

December 07, 2015
catoctin mountain park ranger debra mills wins 2015 regional freeman tilden award
Debra Mills, Park Ranger at Catoctin Mountain Park received the National Capital Region’s Freeman Tilden Award for Interpretive Excellence at the National Association for Interpretation Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, VA. Named after Freeman Tilden, whose writings and teaching improved the quality of National Park Service programs and services based on visitor needs, the Freeman Tilden Award is the highest award presented to an individual National Park Service (NPS) interpreter.

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