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There's nothing like a good book or two to help you prepare for a national park visit, whether you're looking for some historical background, a trail or two to hike, or interested in the natural resources or local culture. With that in mind, here are a few titles you might consider in preparation of a visit to Glacier National Park in Montana.
As the state’s members of Congress move to quadruple the size of Ocmulgee National Monument and change its name to Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, a new study commissioned by the National Parks Conservation Association says an even bigger expansion and designation, Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve, would deliver a significant economic boost to communities along the river corridor.
While bat populations face the threat of white nose syndrome, stands of pine trees are under attack by pine beetles. These realities have been felt across the country, but both are being monitored by scientists and students at Fire Island National Seashore in New York.
A logjam in the hiring of seasonal workers for the National Park Service was breaking up Tuesday, as parks were told that the Office of Management and Budget had approved the agency's hiring plans.
Because it runs almost 2,500 miles across the United States, there's wisdom in traveling U.S. Route 66 in bites. Such a strategy not only makes it easier to fit into the typical one- or two-week vacation, but it allows you to take a slower pace to enjoy more of the landscape both directly alongside, and nearby, this iconic highway. If your focus is the Land of Enchantment, a good guide for such a trip is New Mexico Kicks On Route 66.
Every February, the community comes to Denali National Park and Preserve to celebrate all things winter at the aptly named Winterfest, but this year’s festivities will also serve as the 100th birthday party for the Alaska park on February 25 and 26.

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