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In the Western wilderness, crowds of vacation renters are pricing out locals

Dec 21, 2021
Locals who live near national parks, like Joshua Tree, are seeing more and more housing stock become lucrative short-term rentals.
Tiffany Hopkins searches for new rental listings after hearing she has to be out of her triplex in Yucca Valley before Christmas. Hopkins has heard the property will be converted to short-term rentals.
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Why did the outdoor economy suffer in 2020 when more of us were outside?

Nov 11, 2021
Lockdowns, public lands closures, supply chain disruptions and travel restrictions took a toll. But many outdoor retailers still had a great year.
More Americans got out and about biking, fishing and hiking amid COVID-19 in 2020. Above, a bike shop owner repairs a tire in Brooklyn.
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National Parks, and businesses nearby, prepare for holiday rush

Jul 1, 2021
Some parks are restricting access to prevent congestion.
Leading up to the Fourth of July, one restaurant near Grand Canyon National Park is serving more patrons than before the pandemic.
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How national and state parks are handling COVID-19 closures

Mar 30, 2020
Hundreds of parks have closed to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. But many remain open, and some are even waiving entrance fees.
A closed sign is posted in front of a parking lot at China Camp State Park on March 25, 2020 in San Rafael, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all parking lots at state parks and beaches to be closed in an effort to discourage people from visiting.
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U.S. parks and trails rely on a volunteer labor force

Oct 17, 2019
Like most public projects, public lands have a backlog of needed repairs.
Tim Morris, a retired bank trader, clears overgrowth from the Pacific Crest Trail using a long brush saw.
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National Park Service budget problems are subject of congressional hearing

May 7, 2019
U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is set to testify before a House appropriations subcommittee Tuesday. Bernhardt is likely to face questions about a severe maintenance backlog in the National Park Service, which says it can’t afford to keep its parks looking like what people expect. “These funding problems really threaten not just the integrity of […]
A volunteer cleans a restroom at Joshua Tree National Park on January 4, 2019 in California.
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What are the economic benefits of a national park?

Feb 26, 2019
It's the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park, which has spurred millions in spending in nearby communities.
A general view of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, on Feb. 13, 2017.
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How to be a park ranger

Jan 21, 2019
You don't have to major in environmental sciences.
Andrew LaValle switched careers to spend more time outdoors.
Andrew LaValle

The rekindling of fire lookout towers

Oct 26, 2018
How one state is reinvesting in a century old method to fight wildfires.
A fire lookout tower in Pennsylvania.
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