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Sonntag, 12. Dezember 2021, 20:45

US national parks get renovated thanks to the Great American Outdoor Act

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Near the Tidal Basin in Washington, crews have cleaned grime off the white marble exterior of the Jefferson Memorial and fixed cracked stone to prevent falling debris. At the Statue of Liberty, plans are in the works to waterproof the exterior of the massive stone fort built in 1807 that serves as the monument's base.
And at New River Gorge in West Virginia, one of the newest national parks, historical masonry grills have been restored near the Grandview Visitor Center, which features a breathtaking overlook of the valley and waterway 1,400 feet below.
Under legislation passed by Congress in 2020, some of America's most spectacular natural settings and historical icons, from the monuments of the East Coast to the Grand Canyon and Yosemite in the West, are getting a makeover.
The Great American Outdoor Act dedicates up to $1.6 billion a year for the next five years to extensive maintenance and repairs that have been put off time and time again. The funding will go toward critical projects in national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and recreation areas, according to the Department of the Interior. It also includes funding for tribal schools.
Some of the first projects being funded are smaller ones that will preserve historical structures like the grills at New River Gorge and the marble walls of the Jefferson Memorial. But dozens of other projects are coming, some more urgent than others.
In Puerto Rico, plans call for stabilizing a cliffside eroded by wind, rain and waves at San Juan National Historic Site to stop rocks from falling on a popular recreation trail below.
Another project will repair the failing left abutment of a 146-year-old masonry dam on the Potomac River at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park "to prevent possible loss of life" from a sudden release of water.
At the Grand Canyon, a massive Swiss chalet-style building with oversized balconies, windows and eaves is in line for an upgrade that will bring the now-vacant structure up to code and stabilize it while the park determines how best to use it.
Some of the projects planned for the next year will fix problems with infrastructure that park visitors might not immediately notice: repaving roads, repairing leaky lodge roofs and replacing outdated utilities that pose safety risks.
One such project will replace dilapidated high-voltage transmission lines and towers at Yosemite National Park. The lines constructed in the mid-1930s provide power to the entire Yosemite Valley.
Several campgrounds will see improvements, including one in the Rocky Mountains that will get new utility lines to provide consistent clean water and power as well more electric hookups and parking.
"The Great American Outdoors Act overall, with the amount of funding available, offers us really a once in a generation opportunity to take care of some of the large projects, the large needs, of the national park service," while also addressing several critical smaller projects, said Mike Caldwell, National Park Service acting associate director of park planning, facilities and lands.
New River Gorge, where one of the first maintenance projects was completed in October, attracted about 70,000 visitors annually before being designated a national park last year. Attendance has increased with the new status, especially at Grandview, a popular place for hiking, picnics and taking in the dramatic landscape, spokeswoman Eve West said.
"It’s one of the prettiest areas in the park. It’s 1,400 feet from the very top down to the river so you get some phenomenal views of the park looking out from the main overlook," West said.
Masonry hearths built in the 1930s in Grandview’s picnic area had deteriorated in the elements, and the grills sat mostly unused until September when crews arrived to make repairs.
Crews replaced the brick and mortar and installed new grates, said Moira Gasior, historic preservation steward at New River Gorge. Gasior worked to help obtain $280,000 in funding for the project, which included repairs to a large fireplace in a picnic shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corp before World War II.
At the Jefferson Memorial, the $3.8 million project to clean and restore the structure below its dome wrapped up in late October after several months of work to clean grime that had spread over the white marble, making it darker — even black in places — said Mike Litterst, spokesman for the National Mall.
"The Jefferson Memorial certainly had had a deteriorating appearance over last several years due to the biofilm, and the cleaning has restored it to the bright white that people expect and, to be perfectly honest, Thomas Jefferson deserves," Litterst said.
In the coming years, several other high priority projects are slated for funding, including a new water line at the Grand Canyon that serves more than 6 million visitors and year-round residents.
Grand Canyon spokeswoman Joelle Baird said the park expects funding in fiscal year 2023 for the pipeline that has broken more than 85 times in the past 10 years, leading to costly repairs that require supplies and workers to be flown in by helicopter.
The cost to replace the line, which is decades beyond its life expectancy, easily tops $100 million, Baird said.
"It’s going to be a very large undertaking but ultimately is going to have huge benefits to the infrastructure and water delivery to the entire park," she said.

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Montag, 13. Dezember 2021, 21:56

Glacier National Park Announces Plans for 2022 Ticket System

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Visitors to Glacier National Park in 2022 can expect to use a ticket system to access portions of the park from May 27 through September 11, 2022.
This will be the second year of the pilot ticket system in the park, designed to manage high traffic volumes within the park and avoid gridlock.

To alleviate congestion, one ticket per vehicle will again be required to enter the Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR) at the West Entrance, St. Mary Entrance, and the new Camas Entrance.
In 2022, a ticket per vehicle will also be required at the Polebridge Ranger Station to visit the North Fork area of the park.
The GTSR and North Fork tickets will be two separate tickets. The park anticipates a portion of tickets becoming available by early March. Like last year, visitors will need to set up an account on Recreation.gov to obtain tickets. Although the park does not charge for the tickets, Recreation.gov charges a $2 nonrefundable service fee.
Tickets will not be required at the St. Mary Entrance prior to the full opening of the GTSR, typically in late June. Once snow removal and road preparations are complete and the road opens to vehicle traffic to Logan Pass, tickets will be required at the St. Mary entrance through September 11, 2022.
The park will offer three-day tickets for GTSR rather than the seven-day ticket offered last year, and one-day tickets for the North Fork.
The Apgar and Sprague Creek campgrounds will require advance reservations in addition to Fish Creek and St. Mary campgrounds. Reservations will be available on Recreation.gov in 2022. Rising Sun and Avalanche campgrounds will remain first come, first served. The park anticipates all campgrounds to be operating in 2022.

The 2021 pilot of the ticket system successfully reduced traffic on GTSR during peak hours and circumvented the need to fully close access to GTSR due to congestion an estimated 35 times. This was a major accomplishment despite 2021 visitation numbers currently boasting the second highest on record for the park. Avoiding gridlock also ensured access to emergency vehicles and prevented severe vehicle back-ups onto Highway 2 outside the park.

In addition to the ticket, each vehicle entering the park is required to have an entrance pass for any entry point into the park. These passes could include any one of the following: a $35 vehicle pass, good for seven days; a valid Interagency Annual/Lifetime Pass; or a Glacier National Park Annual Pass.

Visitors with lodging, camping, transportation, or commercial activity reservations within the GTSR corridor can use their reservation for entry in lieu of a $2 ticket. (The North Fork area does not offer lodging, transportation or commercial services, and camping is first come, first served.)

Park shuttles will operate in 2022. Service levels are still to be determined.

The park anticipates continued congestion at Two Medicine and Many Glacier. As in past years, entry will be temporarily restricted when these areas reach capacity. Visitors are encouraged to plan their visit outside of peak hours (10:00 am to 2:00 pm). Visitors with service reservations (e.g. boat tours, lodging, horseback ride, guided hikes) in these valleys will be permitted entry during temporary restrictions.

Park staff are currently working on details for a utility project this summer that may require the west side of Going-to-the-Sun Road to be closed at night, except for emergency vehicles. More details on this project will be forthcoming, but visitors should anticipate a late night through early morning closure from Apgar to Lake McDonald Lodge from June to September.

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Donnerstag, 16. Dezember 2021, 13:14

Ist ein Flughafen auch ein NP,NM oder SP?
Jedenfalls heisst der McCarran Airport in Las Vegas seit dem 14.12.2021 Harry Reid International Airport, benannt nach einem nevadischen US-Senator. Falls sich jemand wundern sollte in nächster Zeit.....

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Donnerstag, 16. Dezember 2021, 13:37

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Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas was named after Senator McCarran prior to December 14, 2021. Many Nevada politicians have supported removing his name from the airport due to his antisemitism. Senator Harry Reid said he was "one of the most prejudiced people who has ever served in the Senate. On February 16, 2021, the Clark County Commissioners voted unanimously to officially change McCarran International airport to Harry Reid International Airport, after former Sen. Harry Reid.
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Donnerstag, 16. Dezember 2021, 13:53

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Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas was named after Senator McCarran prior to December 14, 2021. Many Nevada politicians have supported removing his name from the airport due to his antisemitism. Senator Harry Reid said he was "one of the most prejudiced people who has ever served in the Senate. On February 16, 2021, the Clark County Commissioners voted unanimously to officially change McCarran International airport to Harry Reid International Airport, after former Sen. Harry Reid.
Political correctness.
George Washington war auch nen Sklavenhalter, mal schauen wann da was umbenannt wird....

Als Washington 1799 starb, gab es auf seinem Anwesen in Mount Vernon 317 versklavte Menschen, 124 im Besitz von Washington und der Rest wurde von ihm als sein Eigentum verwaltet, gehörte aber anderen Leuten.

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Donnerstag, 16. Dezember 2021, 13:59

oh je, jetzt fangen die Amis auch damit an
bei uns ist das ja schon länger im Gange, ständig wird irgendeine Straße umbenannt weil der Namensgeber irgendwas schlimmes gemacht hat im 3. Reich
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Freitag, 7. Januar 2022, 12:43

Der National Park Service hat die Gratistage für 2022 verkündet. An diesen Tagen kann man kostenlos alle Nationalparks besuchen.
Dies sind insgesamt fünf Termine:



17. Januar 2022: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
16. April 2022: Beginn der National Park Week
4. August 2022: Jubiläum des Great American Outdoors Act
24. September 2022: National Public Lands Day
11. November 2022: Veterans Day

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Sonntag, 20. März 2022, 20:53

President Biden Designates Amache National Historic Site as America’s Newest National Park

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President Biden signed the Amache National Historic Site Act today, designating the Amache site in Granada, Colorado as part of the National Park System. This designation, the first in the National Park System during this Administration, will permanently protect the site for future generations and will help tell the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II.
“As a nation, we must face the wrongs of our past in order to build a more just and equitable future,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “I applaud President Biden and the bipartisan action in Congress that has ensured this important and painful chapter in our nation’s story is preserved and honored for the generations to come. After visiting Amache and meeting with survivors and descendants, I was moved by their resilience and the way in which Colorado communities came together during and after the injustice to support Japanese Americans. May we all be inspired to do the same today for all our fellow citizens.”
Amache, also known as the Granada Relocation Center, was one of 10 incarceration sites established by the War Relocation Authority during World War II to detain Japanese Americans forcibly removed from the West Coast of the United States under the terms of Executive Order 9066. More than 10,000 people were incarcerated at Amache from 1942-1945, which housed 7,310 incarcerees at its peak, two-thirds of whom were United States citizens.
“It is our solemn responsibility as caretakers of America’s national treasures to tell the whole story of our nation’s heritage for the benefit of present and future generations,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams. “The National Park Service will continue working closely with key stakeholders dedicated to the preservation of Amache, and those directly impacted by the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, to preserve and interpret this significant historic site to the public.”
Today, the Amache site consists of a historic cemetery, a monument, concrete building foundations, and several reconstructed and rehabilitated structures from the camp-era. Amache was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on May 18, 1994 and designated a National Historic Landmark on February 10, 2006.
Amache is open to the public and currently managed by the Amache Preservation Society and owned by the Town of Granada. Currently, Granada High School students from the Amache Preservation Society provide tours of the site and nearby museum. The National Park Service will continue to work closely with the many stakeholders dedicated to the preservation of Amache to continue those services, and to care for the history and memories of those who were once incarcerated at this site.
The designation of the Amache National Historic Site is an important step in telling a more complete story of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Many stakeholders, including former incarcerees and their descendants and the Amache Preservation Society were instrumental in obtaining the initial National Historic Landmark designation and advocating for the site to become part of the National Park System. The legislation, originally introduced by members of the Colorado delegation, garnered strong bipartisan support in the House and Senate.
Secretary Haaland visited the Amache site in February with Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Joe Neguse to honor the 80th Day of Remembrance, marking when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave the U.S. Army the authority to remove civilians from the military zones during WWII. While there, Secretary Haaland met with survivors about their experience as incarcerees and learned how that time has shaped them and their families. Images from the visit are available on the Department of the Interior's Flickr page.
To formally establish the park, the National Park Service will work with the Town of Granada to acquire the lands intended in the law, a process is likely to take more than a year. For more information visit the National Park Service's Amache website.

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Mittwoch, 23. März 2022, 22:16

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West Lake Trail Has Reopened After Completed Repairs From Hurricane Damage

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Everglades National Park today announced the reopening of the West Lake Trail. The trail was heavily damaged when Hurricane Irma passed through the area in 2017 and has been closed for repairs since February 2021.

“We are excited to have West Lake Trail open once again,” said Pedro Ramos, superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks. “The finished product is a result of careful planning that restores access for park visitors and ensures the sustainability of the trail as the park is confronted with a changing environment.”

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma swept through the area, causing significant structural damage to many areas of Everglades National Park, including the West Lake Trail. The most severe damage occurred on the exposed portion of the trail where the boardwalk was left mangled. Park officials believe that a microburst from the storm may have caused the most significant damage to the boardwalk.

The completed project utilized funds allocated through Public Law 115-123 for national park units significantly impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. In addition to planning for resource mitigations, the park also implemented several innovative construction methods to plan for future sea level rise and increased storm intensity.

Park staff used a "top down” construction method to minimize damage to the wetlands and the mangrove forest that the trail traverses. The construction crews first installed piles and pushed the equipment forward on the piles as they worked. Then, they could reach out and install the next set of piles by moving the scaffolding and equipment forward. This method allowed installation of larger piles into rock without the heavy equipment touching the ground.

Additionally, the walking surface of the boardwalk was raised by one to two feet in elevation, and flow-through decking was installed. Both are measures that the park is taking to mitigate future storm surge uplift and other climate change impacts.

Visitors to Everglades National Park can access the West Lake Boardwalk by traveling south on the main park road. The trail is located seven miles north of Flamingo. The popular interpretive trail is a round trip of 0.5 miles (800 meters) and complies with the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard (ABASS). The trail is self-guided and highlights four types of mangroves. More information about the trail can be found here.

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Freitag, 25. März 2022, 21:36

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Moose-Wilson Road construction begins spring 2022

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The National Park Service will begin construction activities addressing infrastructure needs in the southern portion of the Moose-Wilson Road in the park beginning this spring. Public access will be limited to weekends during summer construction activities.

Visitor Impacts in 2022
As part of a multi-year planning process, park staff evaluated options to provide the greatest amount of visitor access with the lowest additional cost and construction duration, while providing for the safety of visitors and crews during construction activities.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the southern portion of the Moose-Wilson Road from Granite Canyon Entrance to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve will be closed, except on weekends (7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday) and federal holidays. Parking along the road is prohibited. The southern portion of the road will be closed entirely prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day.
The northern section of the road will remain accessible. Access to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and Death Canyon Trailhead will be available from the north, from Moose, Wyoming, during construction. The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center opens for summer operations May 29.
The Granite Canyon Trailhead will be closed to all access. Winter access will be available from December 2022 to March 2023. Access to the Granite Canyon trail system, including the Valley Trail, will be available throughout construction from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Grand Teton is working in partnership with the Resort and Teton Village Association to provide information about accessing the southeastern part of the park during construction activities.

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The completed project will provide for a better driving, parking, and hiking experience for visitors. All work will preserve the rustic character of the corridor and provide high-quality visitor opportunities including wildlife and scenery viewing. Work will be completed in phases, with the first phase implemented in 2022-2023, the second phase in 2024-2025, and additional phases designed and implemented in the future.
Phase 1 work will include paving the 1.4-mile rough, unpaved section of the road, improvements with the Granite Canyon Entrance including an additional entrance lane to ease backups, improvements at the Granite Canyon Trailhead, including two vault toilets, bench seating, additional parking, improved traffic flow, and decreased roadside parking, improvements with the Poker Flats horse trailer parking area, Kaufmann Creek bridge construction, improved pullouts for vehicles along the road, and new visitor information signage.
The majority of the funding for Phase 1 work is provided by the Great American Outdoors Act, the single largest investment in public lands in U.S. history. The landmark legislation established a new National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund (LRF) to address the maintenance backlog on public lands.
Phase 2 is anticipated to begin in 2024 and includes repair to the Death Canyon access road, improvements of the Death Canyon trailhead parking, repair of the Death Canyon Junction trailhead parking area, re-alignment of the north section of the roadway, improvements to the new intersection, and final landscape/reclamation efforts of the former roadway.
The park considered other construction projects in the area when planning work on the Moose-Wilson Road. The park will continue coordination with Wyoming Department of Transportation, Teton County, and Jackson Hole Airport to minimize overall visitor impacts.

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Donnerstag, 31. März 2022, 23:11

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Digital Site Pass Now Available

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is now offering a digital site pass to park visitors who plan their visits in advance.

The pass can be purchased and downloaded on guest’s mobile devices, and printed out prior to their arrival at the park. Passes can be purchased up to six months ahead of arrival.
The following passes are now available for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Recreation.gov:

• Private vehicle ($30, valid for seven days)
• Motorcycle ($25, valid for seven days)
• Individual pedestrian/bicycle ($15, valid for seven days)

The Tri-Park pass, which is an annual pass ($55) for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, and Haleakalā National Park, must be purchased at the park entrance stations. All other National Park Service passes are available at the entrance station or online at: https://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.
The new digital site pass is not available for commercial tours.
Visitors will continue to have the option to pay entrance fees with a credit card or cash at the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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Freitag, 8. April 2022, 22:23

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Lake McDonald Utility Project Begins June 1

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Glacier National Park announces that the Lake McDonald utilities construction project is set to begin June 1 at 10 pm.

The long-awaited project will replace seven miles of sewer force main, electrical, and telephone lines from Apgar to the Lake McDonald Lodge along Going-to-the-Sun Road. It will also replace the lift station at the lodge to reduce the threat of sewage overflow.

“Although there will be some inconvenience this summer, in the long-term the project will be a great benefit,” says Kate Hammond, acting Superintendent for Glacier National Park. “This project is long overdue, and our staff has worked hard to secure the funding to replace antiquated and out-of-date equipment, which in turn will protect park resources.”

The contract for the project has been awarded to Ceccanti, Inc. of Tacoma, WA.
Construction will begin on June 1, 2022 at 10 pm. Spring and summer work will be done at night from 10 pm to 6 am, with a nighttime closure in place along Going-to-the-Sun Road from the south end of the lake near Apgar Campground to Sprague Creek Campground.

At midnight each evening, there will be a window when vehicles will be piloted through construction.

For a second year in a row, the park is piloting a vehicle reservation system for Going-to-the-Sun Road from May 27 through September 11, 2022. Visitors will be able to access Going-to-the-Sun Road on the west side after 4 pm without a reservation. Visitors will not be able to access Going-to-the-Sun Road from the west side before 6 am, unlike last year, due to nighttime construction for the duration of the project.

Vehicle reservation for Going-to-the-Sun Road are available 120 days and 24-hours in advance at Recreation.gov (or Rec.gov). For more information regarding reservations, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrticketedentry.

Visitors can enter Going-to-the-Sun Road from the east side at the St. Mary Entrance from May 27 through September 11, 2022 before 6 am and after 4 pm without a reservation and travel as far as Sprague Creek Campground during the nighttime closure.

Glacier National Park road crew began snow removal on Going-to-the-Sun Road on Monday, April 4. Based on previous years, park staff estimate the road will be fully open towards the end of June. The road is currently open to Lake McDonald Lodge from the west and Rising Sun from the east. Visitors can expect the road to be open as far as Avalanche Campground on the west side and Jackson Glacier Overlook on the east side when the vehicle reservation system goes into effect on May 27 through most of June.

On October 1, 2022, access to Going-to-the-Sun Road from the west side will be closed 24 hours a day, seven days a week beyond Apgar Village. Logan Pass will be accessible from St. Mary Entrance until the alpine section of Going-to-the-Sun Road closes for the year. The alpine section typically closes on or before the third Monday in October, depending on road and weather conditions.

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Dienstag, 19. April 2022, 21:34

Discover the beauty of all 63 U.S. national parks

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From massive glaciers to sun-soaked beaches, national parks offer some of America’s wildest and most iconic landscapes

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Sonntag, 24. April 2022, 21:40

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Der grüne Gigant
Benannt nach einem Titan aus der griechischen Mythologie steht der Küstenmammutbaum „Hyperion“ mit seinen stattlichen rund 116 Metern im kalifornischen Redwood National Park. Der genaue Standort wird dem Guinness-Buch der Rekorde zufolge nicht bekannt gegeben, um den geschätzt 600 bis 800 Jahre alten Riesen vor einem Besucheransturm zu schützen. Zum Vergleich: Der höchste Baum Deutschlands ist mit 67 Metern Höhe und dem weniger ehrfurchtsvollen Namen „Waldtraut vom Mühlwald“ eine Douglasie in Freiburg.

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Mittwoch, 27. April 2022, 14:32

Die Planung einer Südwest-Reise erfordert immer mehr Vorbereitung.
Demnächst ist auch für die State Parks in Nevada eine Reservierung notwendig.

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Mittwoch, 27. April 2022, 20:14

Demnächst ist auch für die State Parks in Nevada eine Reservierung notwendig.
Es ist nachvollziehbar, dass man die Besucherströme für begehrte Ziele steuern möchte. Aber wenn es am Ende darauf hinausläuft, dass man schon lange vorher buchen muss und das vermutlich gebührenpflichtig, dann macht es einem die Vorfreude und Flexibilität zunichte.
In diesem Sinne
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Samstag, 30. April 2022, 00:36

Alter Eurosat-Achterbahnzug aus dem Europa-Park kommt ins Museum

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Das National Roller Coaster Museum in Texas gilt als die größte Sammlung historischer Objekte aus Freizeitparks weltweit
Einer der ausrangierten Achterbahn-Züge der silbernen Eurosat-Kugel im Europa-Park sollen als ein Stück Zeitgeschichte in einem US-amerikanischen Museum landen. Das hat die Familie Mack als Betreiber von Deutschlands größtem Freizeitpark am Donnerstag (28.04.2022) angekündigt.
Der Zug war einer von insgesamt sieben, die seit der Eröffnung der Kultachterbahn im französischen Themenbereich im Jahr 1989 bis zum Umgestaltung im Jahr 2017 im Dauereinsatz waren. In diesem Zeitraum haben sie zusammengerechnet mehr als 80 Millionen Fahrgäste transportiert.
Weil die Attraktion zuletzt in die Jahre gekommen war, wurde sie im Anschluss als so genannter CanCan-Coaster im Stile des französischen Moulin Rouge komplett überarbeitet. Nicht nur die alten Züge, sondern auch das komplette Schienensystem musste dabei einer technisch fortschrittlicheren Variante weichen.

Parkgründer Franz Mack hatte die "Eurosat" über Monate mit Hilfen von selbstgebauten Modellen entwickelt
Das ausgemusterte Fahrzeug kommt nun in das "National Roller Coaster Museum" in Arlington im US-Bundesstaat Texas. Dort stehen seit 2009 bedeutende Sammlerstücke rund um die Freizeitpark-Branche aus aller Welt. Neben Fahrzeugteilen handelt es sich dabei auch um Designs und Fachliteratur. Museumsleiter Jeff Novotny freut sich sehr über die Technik aus dem Europa-Park und fühlt sich geehrt:

Die Familie Mack ist ein grundlegender Eckpfeiler für unsere gesamte Branche. Ihre Fahrgeschäfte, ihre Thematisierung und ihre Liebe zum Detail haben den Europa-Park zu einem Maßstab für die Welt gemacht. Wir haben die Gelegenheit ergriffen, einen legendären 'Eurosat'-Achterbahnzug aus dem Europa-Park in unsere Sammlung aufzunehmen.

Die Ausstellungsstücke im National Roller Coaster Museum sollen gemeinsam sollen ein Bild der "Erfolgsgeschichte Achterbahn" zeichnen. Dabei handelt es sich um die größte historische Sammlung ihrer Art auf der ganzen Welt.

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Samstag, 30. April 2022, 03:55

Tent Rock - Kasha Katuwe are closed

Ist seit 2 Jahren wg. COVID geschlossen!
VG aus Farmington,NM… :thumbdown:
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Samstag, 30. April 2022, 23:02

Be warned: You may now need advance reservations for Hawaii activities

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Your Hawaii trip-planning process may become more complicated. Beginning May 12, Hawaii will require advance reservations for all out-of-state visitors to access the popular Diamond Head State Monument overlooking Oahu’s Waikiki Beach. This reservation requirement is just one of many being implemented at an increasing number of destinations across the Hawaiian islands, from Maui’s Haleakala volcano to Kauai’s Na Pali Coast, in order to manage traffic and overtourism challenges facing the state. According to the state tourism bureau, existing reservation systems already “have improved the quality of experience and reduced impacts on surrounding communities and resources.”

Before setting up your Hawaii trip itinerary, or taking off for a spontaneous excursion while you’re there, be sure to scan the list below to see if your target destination requires advance reservations and how to make them. Keep in mind that many other activities and attractions across the islands, both public and private, may also be asking visitors to register in advance, so check in with those websites before you go.

In order to access Diamond Head State Monument, and its great views overlooking Waikiki Beach, out-of-state visitors will be required to have entry reservations beginning May 12. The reservation system begins online April 28, with the ability to reserve a time up to two weeks in advance.
“This new reservation system will be instrumental in managing visitor capacity within Lēahi [the Hawaiian name for Diamond Head] and protecting its natural environment and cultural sites, improving the experience for everyone and allowing us to be better stewards of this special place,” said John De Fries, Hawaii Tourism Authority president and CEO, in a statement.
The goal is to reduce traffic, particularly in the bottleneck areas of the narrow summit trail and in the road tunnel entry to the park. The park set visitation records in 2019, with more than 6,000 people on a given day, which is an astonishing number given the limited space at the viewpoints and along the access trail. The new reservation system is tentatively planned to allow a maximum of 3,000 visitors per day, with adjustments to be made going forward as appropriate.
Visitors parking at Diamond Head must book specific two-hour time slots beginning at 6 a.m., while walk-in and drop-off visitors need to reserve one-hour times of arrival. Visitors must pay entrance fees of $5 per person, plus $10 for parking in advance. To make reservations beginning April 28, visit the Diamond Head website for instructions.

Reservations are currently required to enter Maui’s Haleakala National Park from 3-7 a.m. daily. The reservation system was put in place in order to manage the overwhelming crowds that had been coming to watch the spectacular sunrises from the crater rim at 10,000 feet above sea level. Make reservations for a specific day up to 60 days in advance at recreation.gov. The reservation costs $1, and is good for everyone in a given vehicle, while the per-vehicle park entrance fee of $30 must also be paid. Aside from the sunrise-viewing period, reservations are not required to enter Haleakala National Park.

In order to hike the popular Kalalau Trail on Kauai’s north coast to reach Hanakapiai Beach and other amazing scenic spots — and to even access the road and parking areas leading to the trailhead — visitors must make reservations for Haena State Park, which encompasses the area. Dan Dennison, communications manager for the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, told TPG that the reservation system has already “achieved the goal of reducing daily numbers from a high of 3,000 pre-reservation system to 900 or fewer people daily.” Before the controls were put in place, Dennison said “cars would line the road and park illegally for miles” leading into the park.
Three reservation systems are available for park entry. Shuttle bus access ($35), timed parking plus entry ($10 per car plus $5 per passenger — and you must leave by the end of your time slot or your vehicle will be towed!) and entry only ($5), for people entering the park on foot or bike, or being dropped off by a Hawaii resident. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance for given dates and times. Visitors must make separate reservations for camping in the park. To make reservations, go to the park’s website.

Maui’s popular Waianapanapa State Park also requires reservations for nonresidents to visit. The park, located at the far end of the famed “Road to Hana,” saw increased crowds in recent years, so it instituted a reservation system in 2018. The park credits the system for “bringing serenity back to one of the most impacted regions of the state … adjusting patronage numbers to reduce crowding and impacts on the sensitive resources,” said State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell.
Visitors must select a date and time slot to reserve parking ($10), which can be done up to 30 days in advance. Visitors arriving by car with a Hawaiian resident (who can enter for free) must pay $5. Make reservations at the park website.

Oahu’s Hanauma Bay is one of the world’s greatest snorkeling spots, with a beautiful white sand beach bordering a protected bay of calm waters teeming with tropical fish. Because of the bay’s beauty, the nature preserve became overwhelmed with visitors in recent years, detracting from the experience and stressing out all the pretty fish. Tour buses to Hanauma have been banned, and the park is now closed on Mondays and Tuesdays to make sure the fish “have two days of undisturbed rest.” In addition, reservations are required for all nonresidents to enter the park.
Timed-entry reservations can be made at the Honolulu Department of Parks & Recreation website. Reservations can only be made two days in advance and they sell out very quickly, so be ready at your keyboard precisely at 7 a.m. Hawaii time to get a slot. The park entry fee is $25 (free for ages 12 and under), along with a $3 charge for parking upon entry.

Hawaii has been trying to operate with a delicate balance of welcoming visitors while protecting the environment and local communities, as well as preserving the experiences people travel so far to encounter. Diamond Head’s new reservation system is just the latest in an increasing number of programs to manage visitor access. Expect to see additional reservation systems in the future, and prepare to plan out your itinerary a little further in advance.

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Sonntag, 1. Mai 2022, 21:47

As Glacier National Park Visitation Picks Up, Pavement Preservation Resumes on Highway 2

Road construction continues this spring just as hikers and bikers begin converging on the Going-to-the-Sun Road; park seeking shuttle support, other seasonal staff

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As spring arrives in earnest, the Flathead Valley is bustling with popular outdoor activities, including hiking and biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, which despite a dip in year-to-date visitation has begun to usher a steady stream of visitors through its gates.

And as northwest Montana’s valley floors shed the last remnants of their winter coat, they are set to become a hub of roadwork this spring, including the prominent highway corridor that tracks past West Glacier. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Riverside Contracting will resume construction on the U.S. Highway 2 pavement preservation project on Monday, May 2, with crews working between Hungry Horse and Stanton Creek. The goal of the project, which started in April 2021, is to wrap up this season and result in a freshly paved and safer roadway for visitors to Glacier National Park this summer.
“We just have a few tasks to wrap up on US 2 this year,” MDT District Construction Engineer John Schmidt said. “We still want the public to be aware of this work, though, since some minor delays are to be expected because of it.”
Crews will return this spring to paint final roadway lines and install signage throughout this stretch of U.S. Highway 2. MDT expects the project to wrap up in June 2022. They will also plan to fix the damaged guardrail and update the sidewalk at the West Glacier entrance to meet ADA standards. For this construction to occur, crews anticipate delays of up to 15 minutes along the heavily trafficked route between neighboring communities and Glacier National Park. MDT is working directly with Glacier National Park and other organizations to coordinate efforts and limit construction-related impacts as much as possible.
“Thanks to the traveling public for their patience during this work,” Schmidt said. “We appreciate everyone’s careful driving on these curved and tight work zones.”
Last year, crews completed roughly 26 miles of pavement preservation work, including improvements to roadway resurfacing through cold in-place recycling, new pavement markings to enhance visibility, upgraded guardrail, additional rumble strips, and ADA ramp sidewalk enhancements.
The Kalispell-based Big Sky Public Relations is providing weekly project updates on behalf of MDT. Anyone interested in receiving messages can send a request to Amy Aiello at amy@bigskypublicrelations.com. The public is welcome to call the project hotline (available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at (406) 207-4484 or visit the project webpage at https://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/us2hungryhorse/ to learn more.
Following a busy February, when 18,461 people visited Glacier National Park — nearly all of them entering at West Glacier, marking a 7% increase compared to the same month in 2021 — visitation slumped in March with 24,030 park visitors compared to 30,976 during the same month last year. That pegs year-to-date visitation at 60,175 visitors through March 2022 compared to 71,752 during the same three-month period in 2021. However, park officials say that as plows make quick progress on snow-removal efforts along the Sun Road, having already cleared the alpine byway beyond The Loop, more visitors have begun frequenting the park in April. For more details about hiker and biker access, including closures and restrictions, visit the park’s website at https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/bicycling.htm
In other shoulder-season developments, Glacier National Park is partnering with LC Staffing in an effort to fill support positions for the park’s free shuttle system that operates on the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road. In addition, there are various other hiring and volunteer opportunities in the park this season, including:

Shuttle Support:
LC Staffing of Kalispell, Montana has been awarded the annual contract for providing drivers, dispatchers and supervisors for Glacier National Park’s Visitor Transportation fleet, which includes 35 shuttles and buses. Candidates who are interested in applying should contact LC Staffing or apply directly on the LC Staffing Website. The Visitor Transportation Service operates a free hiker-biker shuttle that provides weekend service from May 7 until June 26, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and runs between Apgar Visitor Center, Lake McDonald Lodge and Avalanche Creek. When the Going-to-the-Sun Road opens for the season, park shuttles will provide service between the Apgar and St. Mary Visitor Centers from July 1 to Labor Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week. Park shuttles operate on a first come-first served basis..

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