Home » Tag Archives: National Park Service

Tag Archives: National Park Service

Number of visitors to Natchez Trace makes big jump

TUPELO — The Natchez Trace Parkway saw a significant jump in the number of visitors last month compared to September 2013. Last month, 728,172 visitors used the Natchez Trace, compared to 534,955 in September 2013. This broke a four-month stretch of monthly declines. Year-to-date, the Trace has entertained 4,675,984 visitors compared to 4,482,480 in 2013.These numbers continue to put the ...

Read More »

Cochran: Land given to city from Trace will boost Natchez

NATCHEZ — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says the citizens of Natchez will benefit from the culmination of a legislative effort he started to convey surplus federal property from the Natchez Trace Parkway to the state of Mississippi. Cochran joined Natchez Mayor Butch Brown and other officials for a signing ceremony at which Natchez Trace Parkway Superintendent Mary Risser, on ...

Read More »

Walker, Janus get jail time for misusing funds at DMR

HATTIESBURG — The former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources director yesterday was sentenced to the maximum of five years in prison and fined for helping steer $210,000 in federal money to buy out a waterfront lot owned by his son. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett also ordered 69-year-old Bill Walker to serve three years of supervised release. Walker must also ...

Read More »

Fish are biting, but should people bite back?

For those looking to do a little fishing this year at a national park, it might be a good idea to catch and release. Mercury has been discovered in fish in some of the most remote national park lakes and streams in the western United States and Alaska, according to a release from the National Park Service and U.S. Geological ...

Read More »

Natchez Trace continues to attract more visitors

Seems more and more people are discovering the beauty of a ride along the Natchez Trace. The Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in March recreational visits in 2014 over 2013 figures. This year, 491,577 people used the Parkway in March, compared to 349, 273 who were counted in 2013.” Compared to last year, Parkway visitations were also up in ...

Read More »

Natchez Trace sees more visitors despite government shutdown

TUPELO — The Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in recreational visits in 2013 despite the government shutdown, the National Park Service reports. More than 6.01 million people used and visited the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2013, which is up from the 5.56 million people on the Parkway in 2012. This made the Natchez Trace Parkway the eighth most visited ...

Read More »

NPS releases economic impact study of Natchez Trace

TUPELO — A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2012 shows that 5.6 million recreational visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway spent $125.9 million in the communities surrounding the Park. This spending supported over 1,550 jobs in the local area. The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber, U.S. Geological Survey economists, and ...

Read More »

Park Service wants comments on bank stabilization project

TUPELO — The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a wetland and floodplain statement of findings (SOF) that analyzes impacts of a bank stabilization project at Chiwapa Creek (milepost 253, Lee County). The purpose of the project is to remove an island sandbar within the creek that causes water diversion and increased streambank erosion, and to mitigate existing ...

Read More »

Board gives nod to Cotton Mill project at MSU

STARKVILLE — The state College Board has approved a series of agreements finalizing plans for the Cotton Mill project at Mississippi State University. The Starkville structure was built in 1902 as the Stone Cotton Mill and was indirectly associated with MSU for a time. MSU bought it in 1965, three years after the mill closed, and it now belongs to ...

Read More »

Federal shutdown ends! Workers begin returning to jobs, sites reopen

Barriers went down at National Park Service sites and thousands of furloughed federal workers began returning to work across the country today after 16 days off the job due to the partial government shutdown. The Office of Personnel Management announced that workers should return to work on their next regularly scheduled work day — today for most workers. Nationwide, hundreds ...

Read More »