National Park Service

  • Cherry blossoms to peak earlier than expected

    The National Park Service says the cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin will peak earlier this year than initially expected.

  • Is that federal land?

    Is the park across the street from your home or office in the District federal land or District property?

  • Celebrating National Park Week

    National Park Service chief spokesman David Barna joins host Derrick Dortch on today’s show to talk about National Park Week. April 22, 2011

  • After rappelling engineers, what’s next for Washington Monument?

    Mike Morelli, the project manager with the Denver Service Center for the National Park Service, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the Washington Monument repair efforts.

  • National Mall largely unaffected by Sandy

    The National Park Service says its low-lying monuments and memorials along the National Mall came through superstorm Sandy largely unscathed. Spokeswoman Carol Johnson says there’s a slight possibility that the World War II Memorial could have some minor flooding, but it’s designed to withstand it and would not be damaged.

  • OMB employees begin furloughs

    The White House tells “a majority” of career staff not to come to work. It’s the first of 10 furlough days over the next six months. Labor, FAA and EPA also have or are furloughing employees.

  • U.S. Park Police cancels furloughs

    Furloughs for employees of the U.S. Park Police will end June 1, the head of the National Park Service announced Friday. The Park Police have already taken three furlough days since sequestration went into effect in March.

  • House fails to pass bills to reopen parts of government

    Lower chamber legislators could not get two-thirds approval for one bill to fund the National Park Service, and another bill to get the Veterans Affairs Department fiscal 2014 money. AFGE, NTEU and Democrat lawmakers rallied on Capitol Hill Tuesday to turn up the heat on Congress to reopen the government.

  • Diane Chalfant, Deputy Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park

    The National Park Service is developing a bison management plan. In the late 1990s, bison began moving to Grand Canyon National Park and staying there. Now they are taking a toll on the park’s resources. Diane Chalfant, deputy superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the management plan.

  • Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

    Former Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry is visiting from Australia where he is the ambassador. As one of the most high-profile gay federal employees, he is helping the National Park Service call attention to a new initiative. The agency is embarking on a study of sites important to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about the new initiative.