Pandemic is driving sharp decrease in US NP visitation

While there's been a great hunger during the coronavirus pandemic to get outdoors, closures and access restrictions have no doubt played a role in a nearly 20 percent decline in visits to the National Park System through July.

According to the National Park Service's prelininary year-to-date visitation count, through July traffic to the parks was off by 36.4 million.

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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted Thursday to advance the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to lead the Interior Department, sending her nomination to the full Senate. The

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