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National Park Service Web Site Restored

If you visit my site regularly, you may have noticed in the last several weeks that many of links I provide to National Park Service web pages have appeared to be invalid. The reason for this is because the National Park Service web site was shut down on the weekend of December 8-9. The good news is that they have now restored service to the public (just in time for Valentine's Day).

Responding to a court order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth on December 5th, all Department of the Interior web sites were shut down, except for those dealing with emergency services. The shutdown is related to a long-running lawsuit that alleges mismanagement by the federal government in the handling of trust funds for American Indians. The judge's ruling was issued after a report showed that the computer system that handles annual royalties from Indian lands has major security problems. 

Even though the National Park Service web site has now been restored, many of the web sites of other agencies under the US Department of the Interior, such as the Bureau of Land Management and US Fish & Wildlife Service, remain shut down. Once their computers are certified, these sites will also become accessible to the public once again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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