National Park Service

Cahokia Mounds
5:28 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Meeting Wednesday Seeks To Build Support For Designating Cahokia As A National Park

Rising 100 feet above the ground, Monks Mound is the tallest of the 80 or so mounds remaining at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Illinois. Around 900 years ago, it was a carefully maintained earthen pyramid, supporting a large wooden temple.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

A public meeting will be held Wednesday night at Cahokia Mounds to talk about an initiative to turn the State Historic Site into a National Historical Park.

Ed Weilbacher is with the HeartLands Conservancy, the group behind the initiative.

He said most people are surprised Cahokia isn’t a National Park already.

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Ozark Rivers - Management
6:03 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Political Battle Over Ozark National Park Heats Up

This photo of the Current River is from the cover of the National Park Service's draft management plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
National Park Service

(Updated at 3:39 p.m., February 20)

Missouri senators passed a resolution to block the federal government's proposed changes in tourist restrictions at the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The resolution passed on a 23-8 vote on Thursday and now heads to the House.

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Ozark Rivers - Management
2:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Draft Management Plan Released For Ozark National Park

Meeting place for the Current River and Jacks Fork, known as Two Rivers in the Missouri Ozarks.
Credit via National Park Service

 Updated 2:40 p.m. Jan. 22:

The National Park Service is holding the last public meeting on its proposed management plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways tonight in Kirkwood. See below for more details.

Updated 3:10 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. Jan. 7:

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CityArchRiver
4:05 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

CityArchRiver Project Gets Environmental Okay

The National Park Service has given a thumbs-up to the CityArchRiver plan to re-do the Archgrounds.
(Courtesy CityArchRiver)

Although it wasn't the "environmentally preferred" alternative of the National Park Service, federal officials have given a thumbs-up to a plan to change the Arch grounds.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:36 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Remembering A Milestone: Gateway Arch Construction Completed 47 Years Ago

Arch Topping Out Ceremony Coin
Ariana Tobin / St. Louis Public Radio

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is one the country’s most recognizable landmarks.  Its construction was completed this month, 47 years ago, in 1965.

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Gateway Arch
1:24 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Stained Arch Just Dirty, Not Dangerous, Report Says

The St. Louis Arch.
Flickr/jdnx

Will be updated.

The quintessential symbol of the St. Louis region, the Gateway Arch, has been under special scrutiny lately as rusty stains on its structure caused concerns.

The National Park Service has released a report from a Chicago engineering firm today saying that the stains are merely cosmetic and that the Arch is "as sound today as the day it was built." (It was completed in 1965 - and for the history lovers out there, here's a gallery of that process).

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, September 17, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Clemons hearing today in St. Louis courtroom

The effort to free Reginald Clemons from Missouri's death row goes to a St. Louis courtroom starting today.

Clemons was one of four men convicted in the 1991 killings of two St. Louis-area sisters, 20-year-old Julie Kerry and 19-year-old Robin Kerry. Both girls, along with their visiting male cousin, were thrown from an abandoned Mississippi River bridge. The cousin, Thomas Cummins, survived.

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Ozark Rivers - Management
6:11 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Environmental organizations to National Park Service: protect Ozark rivers

Horseback riding is a popular activity in the Ozarks, but horses' waste has been linked to high E. coli levels in the Jacks Fork, the main tributary of the Current River.
(Mark Morgan/University of Missouri)

A statewide coalition of environmental organizations is urging the National Park Service to protect Ozark rivers.

Representatives of the groups were in Washington, D.C., today meeting with the Park Service.

They submitted more than 4,400 signed petitions asking the federal agency to adopt a strong management plan for the Current River and its major tributary, the Jacks Fork.

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Ozark Rivers - Management
6:14 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Environmentalists urge National Park Service to protect the Current River

Ted Mathys, state advocate for Environment Missouri (at podium) and other environmentalists urged the National Park Service to protect the Current River in Missouri during a press conference at St. Louis' City Hall on Dec. 13, 2011.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 6:10 pm to add Congresswoman Emerson's response.

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Gateway Arch - Emerald Ash Borer
3:12 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Public asked to comment on proposal to replace hundreds of trees near Gateway Arch

An adult emerald ash borer.
(David Cappaert, Michigan State University)

The National Park Service is bracing for the possible loss of more than 900 trees near the Gateway Arch. That’s what could happen if the emerald ash borer makes it to the St. Louis area.

The emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees since it was accidentally introduced to the U.S. in the early 1990s.

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