Parkwire, The GWS Daily Digest of Global Protected Area News

Work begins on wind chime tower, the final element of Flight 93 NMem

The 16th anniversary of United Flight 93's crash into a Pennsylvania field during the 9/11 terrorist attacks will mark the beginning of the end of a $46 million effort to transform the rural Pennsylvania crash site into a national memorial park.

Mining company buys large tract 5 miles from Katahdin Woods & Waters NMon; will explore for copper, other minerals

AUGUSTA — A Canadian mining company plans to buy nearly 7,000 acres in northern Maine to explore for deposits of copper, silver and other minerals in what could be the first major mining project since lawmakers overhauled state environmental regulations.

Chile: President confirms creation of Rapa Nui MPA

One of the world’s largest marine protection areas has been created off the coast of Easter Island.

Recovery efforts continue at Virgin Islands NP as all Florida USNPS units closed to ride out storm

As Hurricane Irma continued to pound her way north across Florida on Sunday, recovery efforts continued at Virgin Islands National Park and across the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In Florida, all the units of the National Park System were closed for the storm and the agency had no updates on impacts from the hurricane.

Lasers being tested in bid to remove stubborn grime from Jefferson Memorial

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service is testing a high-tech treatment using lasers to remove a grimy, black film that has plagued the Jefferson Memorial for years.

The park service contracted with a Chicago-based company to test its laser-ablation treatment on a portion of the monument in an attempt to remove the filthy-looking coating, known as biofilm.

Commercial-scale water piping system hurriedly installed to protect Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier NP from wildfire

"Rain for Rent," a large-scale piping system designed to spray water over large areas, was being installed at Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park to protect the historic facility and its surrounding complex from the Sprague Fire that has been burning for nearly a month in the mountains above the lake.

Hurricane Irma deals heavy blow to Virgin Island NP, but all USNPS employees safe

Two days after the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record raked through the Caribbean, tossing boats about like toys and ripping roofs from buildings, help arrived Friday at the island of St. John to begin the recovery of Virgin Islands National Park, where all employees were accounted for and safe.

Acadia NP considering donation offer for famous lighthouse

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Acadia officials are considering the U.S. Coast Guard’s offer to transfer ownership of the iconic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and its 2.5 acres of land to the park.

The lighthouse property, which includes the keeper’s house, is surrounded by park land, and many assume that it already is part of Acadia.

Judge OKs removal of Lee statue in Dallas

The City of Dallas can proceed again in taking down a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park, a day after a federal judge halted the removal at the last minute.

National Mall floodgate may get first test if Hurricane Irma hits DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - After Hurricane Katrina brought the Crescent City to its knees and floodwaters filled the basement of the National Archives in Washington only months later, authorities in the nation’s capital came up with a solution to shield national treasures from Potomac storm surge.

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