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CELEBRATE AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE AT EIGHT BATTLEFIELD PARKS AND HISTORIC DESTINATIONS

The American Battlefield Trust recommends these events and activities at some of America's most famous historic sites

This July, Americans will celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the document was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, formally declaring that America’s 13 colonies viewed themselves as free and independent states.  In honor of Independence Day, the American Battlefield Trust — a national nonprofit organization that preserves battlefields of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War — recommends these eight family-friendly Fourth of July events at historic destinations nationwide:

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Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon National Park to implement additional fire restrictions

Fredonia, Ariz., June 5, 2018 - The U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service will implement additional fire restrictions, also known as Stage II fire restrictions, across the North Kaibab Ranger District, and the South Rim, North Rim and Inner Canyon of Grand Canyon National Park beginning at 8 a.m. this Friday, June 8, 2018. Visitors should be mindful that these new fire restrictions will limit certain activities and will remain in effect until rescinded, which typically occurs after significant and widespread moisture arrives and fire danger levels subside.

As a reminder, the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts are already in Stage II fire restrictions and will also remain in effect until lifted.

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FIREWORKS AND EXPLODING TARGETS BAN 2018

Portland, Ore. – Effective June 1, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prohibits the use of fireworks, target shooting with exploding targets, and the firing of a tracer or incendiary device on all BLM-managed public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. The ban will be in effect from June 1, to October 20, 2018.

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YourPassNow offers visitors digital access to America’s public lands

BLM LAKE HAVASU FIELD OFFICE AND NIC INC. PARTNER TO OFFER ELECTRONIC RECREATION PERMITS AND ANNUAL PASSES

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – Recreationists will now be able to easily attain electronic recreation permits and annual passes for Lake Havasu shoreline sites, making access to public lands more convenient.

The permits and passes will be available through the digital marketplace, YourPassNow. This innovation is made possible through a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and NIC Inc., a digital government services provider.

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Interior Secretary Reaffirms Commitment to Recreation

Zinke Signs Secretarial Orders to Increase Recreational Opportunities on Public Lands and Waters

Establishes Position of Senior National Advisor for Recreation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today signed two secretarial orders continuing his efforts to prioritize the Department of Interior’s recreation mission and increase access to public lands.

Secretarial Order 3366 directs certain Interior bureaus to create and deliver plans to the Department within 90 days that focus on developing or expanding recreational opportunities on public lands and waterways. This order also directs bureau heads to designate one full-time employee charged to oversee recreational opportunities.

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