National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has instructed Park Service directors to prepare for a 5 percent budget cut in anticipation of a sequester, should Congress be unable to reach a deficit-reduction agreement by March 1. Coming on the heels of 6 percent in cuts over the last two years–and 15 percent over the past […]
We are pleased to report that a new Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park has been selected. Jim Northup will take the helm, succeeding Martha Bogle, who retired in December. Jim has served as Superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and various positions in Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Teton, Big Bend and […]
The Shenandoah National Park Trust is working with the National Park Service to re-envision the Loft Mountain Wayside Area, mile post 79.5 on Skyline Drive. Loft Mountain serves as a hub in the park’s South District, with its popular campground, numerous trail heads, amphitheater and wayside restaurant. What Loft Mountain lacks, however, is an attractive […]
Wild ginseng has long been coveted in Native American and Asian cultures for its presumed medicinal properties. More recently, it has been touted as a valuable herbal remedy in the U.S. Wild ginseng has been harvested to the edge of extinction in China. This fact, coupled with a growing demand domestically, has catapulted prices for […]
Thanks to the support of our generous donors, the Shenandoah National Park Trust funded your park’s first climate change education program this year. The park developed great materials, including a new ranger talk, a visual presentation shown at park amphitheaters, podcasts and a special art project celebrating the endangered Shenandoah Salamander, the subject of Shenandoah’s climate […]
We reported last month that Shenandoah National Park Superintendent, Martha Bogle, will retire at the end of the year. The National Park Service is currently reviewing job applications and we hope to have a new superintendent in place by spring. The restaurants, lodges and gift shops in the park will also be under new management. […]
Winter is a beautiful time to hike in Shenandoah. Leafless trees and clear skies provide unobstructed views. Fresh snow reveals animal tracks. And, sometimes, it can feel like you have the entire park to yourself. If you are planning a winter trip to Shenandoah, first visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/shen for any weather-related alerts, […]
If you’ve been to Big Meadows recently, you may have noticed ear tags or radio collars on some of the deer. The National Park Service is monitoring deer in anticipation of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is a neurological disease that is typically fatal to white-tailed deer. The disease is widespread in the western […]
After four years as Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, Martha Bogle will retire next month. Martha has dedicated more than 30 years to the National Park Service, beginning as a seasonal park ranger at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She went on to assume posts in 10 other national parks, including Everglades National Park, Virgin […]
Wednesday, Oct. 10 – Furnace Mountain This 7-mile hike starts and finishes with a traverse of the open talus slopes of Blackrock and offers 360- degree views of the southern mountains. From Blackrock, we’ll ascend a shoulder of Trayfoot Mountain, before descending 600′ and ascending 600′ to the summit of Furnace Mountain. This is one […]
When you think of Shenandoah’s wildlife, what comes to mind? Black bear, deer, songbirds for sure. Now you can add eel to that list. Eight years after the Army Corps of Engineers breached the Embrey Dam on the Rappahannock River, eels are returning to Shenandoah’s waters. These long, skinny fish spawn in the Sargasso […]
The National Parks Traveler has published a terrific magazine highlighting the critical role national park “friends groups” play in supporting these magnificent places. We’re honored to be the first featured group. Read your copy here.
Spring – Summer 2012
The Shenandoah National Park Trust is honored to have received the New Horizons Award from the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau. The award recognizes the Trust for helping to build partnerships and promote our park and region as part of last year’s celebration of Shenandoah National Park’s 75th Anniversary. We are also proud to […]
Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Airport (CHO) likes to welcome visitors in style! Through August, its “Art in the Airport Program” will feature Shenandoah National Park. The exhibit includes Shenandoah National Park Trust’s Oh, Shenandoah! photo exhibit, as well as fun artifacts from the park and some of its gateway communities.Take your virtual tour here.