Millions of dollars are flowing to the National Park System for work on aging roads and multiple-use trails in need of some TLC, and transportation systems thanks to the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks program overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
We managed to get out on some national park trails during 2011 -- not as many as we'd like, but still a few that brought smiles to our faces. Here's a look back at those trails.
Don't overlook the good work of the various friends groups that strive to bring a little extra to the national parks scattered throughout the country.
If I only lived closer to Acadia National Park, the annual pass sale being held in December would be a heckuva deal.
While there are still two months left to 2011, it's not too early to think about making a tax-deductible contribution to your favorite national park-related organization.
With the calendar about to run out of days for October, the folks at Acadia National Park are getting ready to transition out of their summer mode and into winter mode.
Though Hurricane Irene was hundreds of miles away, officials at Cape Cod National Seashore and Acadia National Park were getting for the lady's arrival, closing down facilities and urging visitors to be careful.
The Friends of Acadia is celebrating its 25th anniversary this Saturday with a dinner and auction to help it continue to work on behalf of Acadia National Park. And you don't even need to attend in person to vie for such items as Maine-made artworks or tickets to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House come December.
Would you still contribute to charitable organizations such as the National Park Foundation and park friends groups if you couldn't deduct the donation on your income taxes?
Coinciding with the first day of summer is another entrance-fee-free-day in the National Park System.
Acadia National Park soon will grow by 39 acres thanks to federal Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars that will enable the Park Service to acquire the acreage near the Lower Hadlock Pond.