Crowds impacting the visitor experience and fragile natural resources have Shenandoah National Park officials turning to a reservation system trial to control access to Old Rag.

Beginning in March, those who hope to use trails in the Old Rag area (Saddle, Ridge, and Ridge Access) from March through November will need a day-use ticket for the area. The year-long pilot is intended to help the park staff evaluate and possibly adapt to a permanent system in the future.

The Peruvian government has asked for international support in responding to an oil spill off the coast of Lima that it called the city’s “worst ecological disaster” in recent history, as crude continued to wash onto beaches nearly a week after waves triggered by Tonga’s volcano eruption disrupted operations at a local refinery.

The environment ministry estimated some 6,000 barrels of crude had spilled into a biodiverse swath of Peru’s Pacific — well above the seven gallons that the refinery’s operator, the Spanish oil company Repsol, initially reported to authorities when the disaster occurred last Saturday.

A $1.1 billion infusion from the federal government announced Wednesday should help make significant progress in restoring the Everglades' natural streamflows and ecosystem.

The money for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Program is coming through the Bipartisan Infrastructure legislation passed by Congress.